April 14, 2020 | David F. Coppedge

Surprising Fossils: Plants

Determined to stuff plants into an evolutionary timeline, Darwinists will confabulate at will with no shame.

Billion-year-old green algae is an ancestor of all plants on Earth (Live Science). We’ve already seen what botanist Dr Margaret Helder has said about green algae as a candidate ancestor for plants (30 March 2020). But Laura Geggel at Live Science doesn’t care how many problems there are with Darwinian evolution of plant life. She hypes a one-millimeter fossil of a green algae that her Darwin priests insist is a billion years old, as if that’s going to help. Like a good altar girl for Charlie’s temple, she pronounces that this fossil “IS an ancestor of all plants on Earth.” She knows she can lean on the priests to back her up if she gets accused of spreading fake science.

Moreover, green algae isn’t the oldest algae on record. “There is strong fossil evidence that red algae existed over a billion years ago, and we know the red and green algae diverged from a common ancestor,” Gibson told Live Science in an email. “So, although this doesn’t fundamentally change the way I’ll think about the evolution of life, the discovery of this green algal fossil helps fill an important gap and strengthens an emerging timeline for the evolution of early, complex life.

(For Dr Helder’s article on red algae’s challenge to be a common ancestor, see 27 March 2020).

And yet this tiny tidbit of a green alga looks modern.

Just like modern-day algae, P. antiquus has differentiated, branched cells and root-like structures, Tang said. It likely played an important role in the ancient ecosystem by producing oxygen, he said. In addition, it likely provided food and shelter to other organisms.

So where is the evolution? A modern-looking alga, fully formed, living a billion Darwin Years ago, is not going to demonstrate how giant sequoias got here.

Kerry Green at The Scientist doesn’t mention the fossil being an ancestor of all plant life, but accepts the one-billion-year date uncritically. And the original paper in Nature Ecology & Evolution points out the “earlier than thought” problem:

[C]hlorophytes acquired macroscopic size, multicellularity and cellular differentiation nearly a billion years ago, much earlier than previously thought.

Did these complex plants arise from algae?

“Oldest bamboo” fossil from Eocene Patagonia turns out to be a conifer (Pensoft Publishers). Paleontologists in 1941 bamboozled scientists by claiming a Patagonian fossil was the oldest bamboo from Gondwanaland.

A fossilised leafy branch from the early Eocene in Patagonia described in 1941 is still often cited as the oldest bamboo fossil and the main fossil evidence for a Gondwanan origin of bamboos. However, a recent examination by Dr. Peter Wilf from Pennsylvania State University revealed the real nature of Chusquea oxyphylla. The recent findings, published in the paper in the open-access journal Phytokeys, show that it is actually a conifer.  

The experts now say that “that Chusquea oxyphylla has nothing in common with bamboos. ” That means they have to rename the species.

By gum! Scientists find new 110-million-year-old treasure (University of Portsmouth via Phys.org). A gum-producing plant found by a grad student in Brazil, is just like modern gum plants living in Africa. What a surprise. Astonishing.

Emily said: “This new discovery overturns the basic assumption that plant gums cannot be preserved in the fossil record. It has opened our eyes to the fact that other plant chemicals may also be preserved—we can no longer just make assumptions. When we first tested the gum I was astonished that we were confirming something that was thought to be impossible—it just goes to show that fossil plants can surprise us.

Emily Roberts’ astonishment is like the astonishment that paleontologists express when they learn that dinosaur soft tissue ‘really can last 80 million years’ without ever questioning the millions of years. She will be a good inductee into the Darwin temple.

Co-author Professor David Martill, of the School of the Environmental Geography and Geosciences at the University of Portsmouth, said: “Emily has not only discovered something ground-breaking about plant gum, but perhaps even more astonishing her findings confirm that the Welwitschia plant found in Africa today produces a gum similar to a plant growing 110 million years ago in Brazil. Welwitschia is one of life’s survivors, thriving in one of the harshest environments on earth for over 120 million years. This discovery is extremely exciting, especially when put into the context of these two continents of Africa and South America, being one during the Cretaceous period.”

You’re allowed to question assumptions and express astonishment, as long as you don’t question Darwin and his millions of years.

The more we report on Darwin dogmatists, we realize that the key to their bravado is the assumption of millions of years. They think a 4.5-billion-year-old Earth gives Darwin ample time to work his miracles. It doesn’t give chance time to build one protein, of course, but deep time is a crutch they lean on for everything. This needs a two-pronged counter-argument: (1) a googolplex years would not be enough time, and (2) strong evidences show the earth cannot be that old. Keep the pressure on till they buckle. Without Darwin Years, they are lost. (They’re lost anyway, but they need to know it.)

See Dr Margaret Helder’s articles about the origin of land plants. Click the photo.


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