AND ANIMAL LIFE – Genesis
“The most important
evidence for the theory of Evolution is that obtained from the
study of paleontology. Though
the study of other branches of zoology such as Comparative Anatomy
of Embryology might lead one to suspect that animals are
inter-related, it was the discovery of various fossils and their
correct placing in relative strata and age that provided the main
factual basis for the modern view of Evolution.”
G.A. Kerkut, Implications of Evolution, Chap. 9.
What would you expect
to find in the fossil record if evolution is correct?
The evidence the
EVOLUTIONIST needs to establish his claims is fossils showing a
gradual step by step development of lower animal life into more
and more complex forms.
The evidence needed to
support CREATION is fossils showing complex life appearing
suddenly, with no fossil evidence of lower animals developing into
new and complex forms of life.
Notable Features of
the Fossil Record: Filled with fossils which encapsulate
information but no logical, consistent progression from lower to
“Data from continents and
ocean basins show that the ten systems are poorly represented on a
global scale. Approximately
77% of the earth’s surface area on land and under the sea has 7
or more of the strata systems missing beneath, 94% of the
earth’s surface has 3 or more systems missing beneath, and an
estimated 99.6% has at least one missing system.” (Dr. Steven A.
Austin, “Ten Misconceptions About the Geologic Column,” Impact
#137, Institute For Creation Research, 1984.”
Geologic Column Does Not
Exist. The Problem:
The placement of fossils in the Geologic Column was based upon the
presumption that the Darwinian model was correct. While
there may be some allowance for land-sliding, overthrust faulting,
overturning of the earth, etc., the widespread global lack of a
consistent Geologic Column is devastating to the position.
Notable Features of
the Fossil Record: Cambrian Explosion… Early origin of the
phyla; no logical progression; fossils fully formed when they
There are 52-54 phyla; 40-42
originate in the Cambrian period; sudden appearance of a huge
number; great variety of organisms; all during the same period; 12
other phyla also believed to have originated in this period; when
these are added, then all but one phyla known to originate in the
“The extreme rarity of
transitional forms in the fossil record persists as the trade
secret of paleontology. The
evolutionary trees that adorn our textbooks have data only at the
tips and nodes of their branches; the rest is inference, however
reasonable, not the evidence of fossils.” (Steven J. Gould,
“Evolution’s Erratic Place,” Natural History: May, 1977, p.
Notable Features of
the Fossil Record: Progression to man flawed.
Grolier Prehistoric progression
from apes to man pure theory.
Neanderthal Skull: now considered as a branch
of modern man…non-transitional; early fossils
were diseased (rickets); now over 300 different individuals.
Java Man Skull Cap: “We should either admit that the Homo Erectus/Homo Sapiens boundary is
arbitrary and we should use non-morphological criteria for
determining it, or Homo Erectus should be sunk into Homo
Sapiens.” (Martin L. Lubenow on Homo Erectus).
Robustus Skull: “And as it turned out, it was only a matter of time, before
this doubtful ancestor was also exposed as yet another
embarrassing case, in which the specimen had been embraced
‘solely because it fell within preconceived wishes and could be
used to support all manner of convenient hypotheses.’”
(William R. Fix, The Bone Peddlers, 1984).
Zinjanthropus: “This was not only a true man, but the earliest known stone-tool-making man.”
(Louis Leakey). Now 20 years later no one believes this
idea, including the Leakeys: “The simple pebble tools are now
attributed to higher forms that have since been discovered in the
same deposits, and today Zinjanthropus has been classified as
Australopithecus boisei. Today
there is very broad consensus among anthropologists that both
boisei and robustus were dead ends and they became extinct about a
million years ago.” (Martin Lubenow).
Time-Life on Ramapithecus:
manlike primate found so far,
Ramapithecus is now thought
by some experts to be the oldest of man’s ancestors in a direct
line. This hominid
status is predicated upon a few teeth, some fragments of a
jaw and a palate unmistakably human in shape.”
Scientists on Ramapithecus:
“Among other things, Ramapithecus, traditionally viewed as the
earliest known hominid in the human family, was not an hominid at
all, but rather an ancient, indirect ancestor of the orangutan.”
(David Pilbeam, Science News, Feb. 1982). “Ramapithecus
can no longer be considered part of the human lineage, but as a
part of the Orangutan lineage.” (Peter Andrews of the British
Museum of Natural History).
– Lucy and Black Skull (KNMWT 17000).
“The Australopithecines are
rapidly sinking back to the status of peculiarly, specialized
apes.” (Pilbeam of Harvard University). “Despite the
excited and optimistic claims that have been made by some
paleontologists, no fossil hominid species can be established as
our direct ancestor. . . All
the fossils which have been dug up and are claimed to be ancestors
we haven’t the faintest idea whether they are
ancestors.” “Because all you’ve got, and the cladists
are right (tapping on board) all you’ve got is Homo sapiens
there, you’ve got that fossil there, you’ve got another fossil
there . . . this is
time here. . . and it’s up to you to draw the lines.
Because there are no lines.” “I don’t think any one of
them is likely to be the direct ancestor of the human species.
But how would you know it’s that one? The
only way you can know some fossil is the direct ancestor is that
it’s so human that it is human. There
is a contradiction there. If
it is different enough from humans to be interesting, then you
don’t know whether it’s our ancestor or not.
And if it’s similar enough to be human, then it’s not
interesting.” “Look, we’re not ever going to know what
the direct ancestor is.” (Lewontin). “Perhaps generations of
students of human evolution, including myself, have been flailing
about in the dark; that our data base is too sparse, too slippery,
for it to be able to mold our theories.
Rather the theories are more statements about us and
ideology than about the past.” “Paleoanthropology
reveals more about how humans view themselves than it does about
how humans came about.” (Pilbeam).
Humans and Other Creatures
We can think and reason
about our origin
We can create and appreciate
aesthetically beautiful things
We have a moral sense
providing a conscience.
We pass on acquired
knowledge through generations in complex forms
WHERE DID YOU COME
FROM? Evolution or Design?
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