September 24, 2021 | David F. Coppedge

Time Dilation in Evolutionary Rates

The speed of evolution is like general relativity. It goes fast
slow depending on the storyteller’s frame of reference.


How fast is evolution? Answer: as fast as the storyteller needs it to be. There is no preferred reference frame in Darwinism. Depending on the storytelling speed of the observer, it can go lickety-split or slow to a crawl, appearing motionless. Evolutionary time dilation is sometimes termed “rate heterogeneity.”

Evolutionists do not use real clocks. Their timepieces are like the drooping clocks in Dali’s painting The Persistence of Memory (right). They do not keep absolute time; they flex and stretch to accommodate the mental images appearing in the imagination.

Darwinism has length contraction, too, and mass equivalence. Its yardsticks stretch like Silly Putty, and when criticisms come in too fast, its empirical mass converts into imagination. Only one thing in evolution is immutable: the mythical image of the Great Darwin Tree branching out over millions of Darwin Years.

Relativistic concepts are admittedly difficult for laypeople, but perhaps a few examples will help.

Plants evolved complexity in two bursts – with a 250-million-year hiatus (Stanford University). In the early days of his speculations, Darwin imagined the gradual, steady accumulation of favorable mutations. He envisioned a world in continuous change. When his theory accelerated in acceptance, though, weird things started happening to his clocks.

A Stanford-led study reveals that rather than evolving gradually over hundreds of millions of years, land plants underwent major diversification in two dramatic bursts, 250 million years apart. The first occurred early in plant history, giving rise to the development of seeds, and the second took place during the diversification of flowering plants.

The article doesn’t mention fossils, which might provide some objective metric (if the Darwin timeline were to be assumed). The reason is that there are no good fossils. Seed plants appear suddenly, and flowering plants appear suddenly without ancestors (this has long been called “Darwin’s Abominable Mystery”). By fitting what few fossils exist to the timeline, relativity accommodates the bad situation with time dilation. Evolution is fast, except when it is slow.

Reproductive innovations and pulsed rise in plant complexity (Leslie, Simpson and Mander, Science [373:6561], 17 Sept 2021). The scientific paper undergirding the Stanford press release (above) also shows how relativity works. The scientific team evaluated 1,504 fossil and living plant specimens, but those are only props, because the timeline narrative is already known. According to the image of the Great Darwin Tree, “primitive” plants had to diversify first in the Devonian, and “modern” plants later in the Cretaceous. Between them is a long “250-million-year hiatus” when the evolutionary rate slowed to a crawl. This can only mean one thing: the speed of evolution experienced time dilation in the storyteller’s frame of reference.

The adaptive challenge of extreme conditions shapes evolutionary diversity of plant assemblages at continental scales (Neves et al., PNAS, 14 Sept 2021). Similar to the above, this paper shows that relativity is consistent across the Pond. Like the above authors, these researchers from European and American universities perceive time dilation in “millions of years” according to the needs of the story.

Sustained fast rates of evolution explain how tetrapods evolved from fish (Harvard University). Storytellers from Harvard’s Department of Organismal & Evolutionary Biology use Darwin general relativity theory to get tetrapods out of the water. The fish-to-tetrapod transition, or fishapod transition for short, is one of the most celebrated stories in Darwindom, which rhymes with Darwin-dumb. And yet, this article says, “some of the most fundamental questions regarding the dynamics of this transition have remained unresolved for decades.

Note: Evolutionists like unresolved debates because they provide job security. See 25 June 2014.

One unresolved debate concerns trackways made by a tetrapod that preceded the famous fishapod fossil, Tiktaalik. This anomaly threatened sales of discoverer Neil Shubin’s Darwin-worship book, Your Inner Fish (6 Jan 2010). Can rate heterogeneity solve that crisis?

The study also innovates by combining data from fossil footprints and body fossils to pinpoint the time of origin of the tetrapods. “Normally footprint data shows up after body fossils of their track makers. In this case, we have tetrapod footprints much older than the first body fossils by several million years, which is extremely unusual. By combining both footprint and body fossils, we could search for a more precise age for the rise of tetrapods,” said Pierce.

Sure enough, relativity solved it. On the one hand, “The researchers also found that most of the close relatives to tetrapods had exceptionally slow rates of anatomical evolution” — but then,

“On the other hand, we discovered the evolutionary lineages leading to the first tetrapods broke away from that stable pattern, acquiring several of the major new adaptive traits at incredibly fast rates that were sustained for approximately 30 million years,” said Simões.

So now you know. Evolution is not a steady, gradual process like Darwin first imagined. It goes “incredibly fast” sometimes, and “exceptionally slow” at other times. It’s all a matter of your frame of reference.

What an absolute disgrace that these storytellers tarnish science like this. What a worse disgrace that people let them get away with it. “Rate heterogeneity”; good grief. Where are the normal people who should be laughing their heads off? Where are the science editors who should be giving the hook to these clowns?

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  • R2-U2 says:

    David Coppedge: “The reason is that there are no good fossils. Seed plants appear suddenly, and flowering plants appear suddenly without ancestors (this has long been called “Darwin’s Abominable Mystery”). By fitting what few fossils exist to the timeline, relativity accommodates the bad situation with time dilation. Evolution is fast, except when it is slow.”

    In “Bones of Contention: A Creationist Assessment of Human Fossils” (revised edition, 2004) Marvin Lubenow writes: “In the early 1970’s, when it became obvious that we had a more than adequate sampling of the fossil record, the grim reality dawned that those transitional fossils were not to be found. The punctuated equilibria model of evolution was then invented to explain why they were not found. However, it is imperative to emphasize that the punctuated equilibria model does not remove the need for transitional fossils. It just explains why those transitions have not been found.”

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