July 2, 2020 | David F. Coppedge

Evolutionists Mangle Fossils with Preposterous Stories

Look at the fossil evidence presented here, and ask if the Darwinian stories told about them make any sense.

When a theory becomes a truism, scientists stop thinking about it. They simply refer to it as accepted truth, even if the evidence contradicts the theory. Some medieval physiologists did this with mystical vapors from body fluids they called “humors” that supposedly explained personalities. One person would be apathetic because his phlegm was active; he was “phlegmatic.” Another person acting optimistic because her blood was good; she was “sanguine.” A third would be “melancholy” if his black bile was predominating. It didn’t matter at the time that the evidence contradicted the diagnosis; this was their way of interpreting the world around them.

Today we have Darwinism and natural selection serving as truisms. Darwinism is the lens through which everything is viewed by Big Science and Big Media. If you can back away from the Darwin fogma and look at the evidence of the following fossils with unbiased eyes, would you accept what the Darwinians are saying about them? Would you really believe the fossils are tens of millions of years old? It may be difficult to do this, but try hard to just look at the evidence without any prior story about how old they are, what they had evolved from, and what they were evolving to become. Look at them as they just present themselves to your own eyes.

Insect Tales

Amber fossils unlock true color of 99-million-year-old insects (Phys.org). The Chinese Academy of Sciences (if you can trust them) has a story to tell you about some insects they found in amber. First, what the insects look like (remember, no storytelling yet):

Researchers gathered a treasure trove of 35 amber pieces with exquisitely preserved insects from an amber mine in northern Myanmar….

The rare set of amber fossils includes cuckoo wasps with metallic bluish-green, yellowish-green, purplish-blue or green colors on the head, thorax, abdomen, and legs. In terms of color, they are almost the same as cuckoo wasps that live today, said Dr. Cai.

Cuckoo wasp in Myanmar amber (NIGPAS)

For all the unbiased observer knows, these insects were entombed very recently in the amber. They have the same structural colors in the amber that living ones do; instead of being colored with pigments, microscopic patterns in the cuticle refract light to intensify certain colors. The ones that turned black or brown apparently had their structural colors damaged. So far, that makes sense. We can even let them call the amber “Cretaceous” for classification purposes. Here, the scientist offers a tentative hypothesis about the purpose of the colors:

Extant [living] cuckoo wasps are, as their name suggests, parasites that lay their eggs into the nests of unrelated bees and wasps. Structural coloration has been shown to serve as camouflage in insects, and so it is probable that the color of Cretaceous cuckoo wasps represented an adaptation to avoid detection. “At the moment we also cannot rule out the possibility that the colors played other roles besides camouflage, such as thermoregulation,” adds Dr. Cai.

That’s OK, too; he admits scientists aren’t sure what purpose the colors served. But now, we are told what we must believe about them:

“The amber is mid-Cretaceous, approximately 99 million years old, dating back to the golden age of dinosaurs. It is essentially resin produced by ancient coniferous trees that grew in a tropical rainforest environment. Animals and plants trapped in the thick resin got preserved, some with life-like fidelity,” said Dr. Cai Chenyang, associate professor at NIGPAS who lead the study.

Did you see a date of 99 million years on the amber? The date should sound unbelievable even to a Darwinist: there was no evolution in all that time! The insects look nearly identical to living ones. Why must readers be told they are that old, as if they stopped evolving for 99 million years? That represents multiples of the amount of time they tell us was ample time for a four-footed land mammal to evolve into a whale. Is that credible?

Copepteryx, a fossil plotopterid (Wikimedia)

Penguin Tales

New Zealand’s Ancient Monster Penguins had Northern Hemisphere Doppelgangers (Canterbury Museum). Today’s world is impoverished of species compared to the world revealed in the fossil record. We have penguins today, from very small ones to the emperor penguins that stand about 4 feet tall. All penguin species live in the southern hemisphere. The fossil record, however, reveals that larger species tall as a man lived in the past in both hemispheres. Fossil “Plotopterids” as they are called have been found in Antarctica, Japan, the USA and Canada. They “looked very similar” to modern penguins, the article says. Those are the observations. Now, the evolutionary story:

Around 62 million years ago, the earliest known penguins swam in tropical seas that almost submerged the land that is now New Zealand. Palaeontologists have found the fossilised bones of these ancient waddlers at Waipara, North Canterbury. They have identified nine different species, ranging in size from small penguins, the size of today’s Yellow-Eyed Penguin, to 1.6 metre-high monsters.

Plotopterids developed in the Northern Hemisphere much later than penguins, with the first species appearing between 37 and 34 million years ago. Their fossils have been found at a number of sites in North America and Japan. Like penguins, they used their flipper-like wings to swim through the sea. Unlike penguins, which have survived into the modern era, the last plotopterid species became extinct around 25 million years ago.

Adelie penguins (R. Harrington)

Whoa! Hold on there, pardner. Did the Darwin Party just say that fossil penguins “swam in tropical seas” (New Zealand, southern hemisphere) 62 million years ago, but then similar swimming birds “developed” in the northern hemisphere nearly 27 million years later? How did they “develop” exactly? Ask the Darwinist if they waddled from New Zealand to Canada, or swam all the way to Japan.

They found plotopterids and the ancient penguins had similar long beaks with slit-like nostrils, similar chest and shoulder bones, and similar wings. These similarities suggest both groups of birds were strong swimmers that used their wings to propel them deep underwater in search of food.

How is that evolution? Even young-earth creationists could accept that minor kind of variation. The article says, “Despite sharing a number of physical features with penguins both ancient and modern, plotopterids are more closely related to boobies, gannets and cormorants than they are to penguins.” Part of that statement may be credible, since we still have boobies, gannets and cormorants today. Similarities do not prove evolution. If these birds were created to live in comparable habitats around the world, we might expect them to be similar. But in order to keep the evolutionary tale together, the writer has to pour in copious amounts of Darwin Flubber:

“What’s remarkable about all this is that plotopterids and ancient penguins evolved these shared features independently,” says Dr De Pietri. “This is an example of what we call convergent evolution, when distantly related organisms develop similar morphological traits under similar environmental conditions.

Convergence again. This is a favorite trick of Darwinians: similarities prove evolution, except when they don’t. Then they prove multiple miracles. Remarkable, indeed.

Mammal Tales

Duck-billed platypus, a monotreme

Hints at jaw evolution found in marsupials and monotremes (eLife press release). Monotremes are unusual egg-laying mammals like the duck-billed platypus. They are a subset of mammals along with marsupials, which bear their young in a pouch, and placental mammals, which bear live young. As usual, look at the observations first.

Infant marsupials and monotremes use a connection between their ear and jaw bones shortly after birth to enable them to drink their mothers’ milk, new findings in eLife reveal.

So far, this is a story about intelligent design. The connection between bones allows the young to drink the mother’s milk.

The scientists compared the living animals with fossil jaw and ear bones. It should not be surprising that some “mammal-like reptiles” also have un-fused ear and jaw bones. Similarities do not prove one evolved from the other. But Darwinists itch to connect things, and are uncomfortable till they get a just-so story told. As usual, they use the imaginative nudge of suggestion:

The findings suggest that the connection between the ear and jaw dates back to an early mammal ancestor and persisted when mammals split into subgroups. Marsupials and monotremes continue to use these connections temporarily in early life. In other mammals, such as mice, these connections occur briefly as they develop in the womb but are replaced by a working jaw joint before birth.

The evolutionists imagine an “early mammal ancestor” before “mammals split” into Darwin’s branching tree. Now, the mythological ancestry “may help scientists better understand how the bones of the middle ear and jaw evolved in mammals and their predecessors.

One More Unevolved Creature

Frank Sherwin of ICR has a new article about the Tully monster fossils, which defy classification. The Tully monster resembles some of the weird arthropods found in the Burgess shale, but lived much later than those in evolutionary dating.

Indeed, Tully Monster has no evolutionary explanation. According to the prestigious journal Nature, “Its phylogenetic [evolutionary] position has remained uncertain.”

Sherwin says that soft tissue has been found in some of the fossils, proving that they cannot be 300 million years old, but must have died in recent millennia. “It’s just one more controversial creature unearthed from the pre-Flood world destroyed just thousands of years ago that defies a naturalistic explanation,” Sherwin says.

Regarding the monotreme article, notice how they say the findings “suggest.” The findings provide “hints at jaw evolution.” The findings “may help” scientists “understand.” Have them come back when they figure it out. Until then, tell them to shut up.

Each of these animals was incredibly well designed for its ecological niche. The fact that so many species from the fossil record (including all the dinosaurs, all the trilobites, all the mammoths and more) are extinct indicates that the pre-Flood world supported a much richer diversity than we see today. All but those on the Ark perished in the Flood. We now face another Ark to spare us from a coming fiery judgment. Jesus Christ is the Door to that Ark. Are you safe in Him? Read how to enter.




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