Missing Links: Will we find them…or not? Creation Perspective

 

Creation Answer:

Piltdown Man

Piltdown Man

Evolution assumes that every organism has evolved and so ultimately the burden of proof should be on them to show the transitions of every type of organism. It is okay to hypothesize that there are transitional forms in the fossil record, but at a certain point, if evidence is not found, the hypothesis should be discarded.

There is little to no evidence for the transitions of: giraffes, elephants, the platypus, dinosaurs, Precambrian to Cambrian, Invertebrate to Vertebrae, Fish to Amphibian, Amphibian to Reptile, and Reptile to Birds and Mammals.[i] I grant that every once in a while, a new fossil comes out that supposedly links organisms together, but with the amount of organisms alive today, there should be more transitional fossils than the number of fossils already found.[ii]

Evolution is a process of slow change, and so there should be a lot of transitions. Evolutionists solve this by resorting to “punctuated equilibrium,” meaning that evolution happened rapidly and therefore the conditions weren’t right to fossilize the transitions during that time. The lack of evidence (fossils) is their evidence for this hypothesis.

The evidence of transitions has often consisted of hoaxes or misunderstood fossils before they could be properly identified, such as: Piltdown Man, Nebraska Man, Java Man, Pakicetus, Ida, and Archaeoraptor. [iii]

Archaeopteryx

Archaeopteryx Fossil

Even Tiktaalik and Archaeopteryx are highly debated as links. There are 4-footed land animal footprints 18 million years before Tiktaalik, which would show that Tiktaalik wasn’t the first link to land dwelling animals.[iv] And there have been fully formed birds found before Archaeopteryx, so Archaeopteryx wasn’t the link between dinosaur and bird. Some even say that Archaeopteryx is simply just a bird with no evidence of being part dinosaur.[v] Many even debate if Australopithecus afarensis is a human ancestor.[vi]

“The renowned evolutionist Stephen Jay Gould wrote:

The absence of fossil evidence for intermediary stages between major transitions in organic design, indeed our inability, even in our imagination, to construct functional intermediates in many cases, has been a persistent and nagging problem for gradualistic accounts of evolution.”[vii]

Here is an interesting quote from Johnjoe McFadden, an evolutionist and professor of Molecular Genetics:

“Most species, including most horses, appear abruptly in the fossil record, change very little over their entire history and then disappear just as unceremoniously. This pattern is well known to paleontologists who have actually attributed it to the imperfection of the fossil record: the missing links between one species and another have all died without the decency to leave their remains as fossils.”[viii]

Ph.D. creation researcher Jonathan Sarfati continues this thought in saying that “All 32 mammal orders appear abruptly and fully formed in the fossil record.”[ix]

Transitional organisms may not be as well suited for their environment. For example, “If a bat or bird evolved from a land animal, the transitional forms would have forelimbs that were neither good legs nor good wings. So how would such things be selected?”[x]

God designed everything in the beginning, as they still are today. There is fossil evidence that living organisms have changed very little or not at all in supposed millions of years. There are small changes, but only within kinds as is already allowed for in their DNA.

 

What the Bible Says: Creation – Gen 1 (“after their kind”), Flood – Gen. 7-9

 

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[i] Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig, The Evolution of the Long-Necked Giraffe, last updated October 19, 2010, http://www.weloennig.de/Giraffe.pdf, accessed October 8, 2013.

Elephant Evolution, http://www.himandus.net/elefunteria/library/science+nature/evolution.html, accessed October 8, 2013.

Paula Weston, The Platypus: Still More Questions Than Answers for Evolutionists, March 1, 2002, Answers in Genesis, http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/cm/v24/n2/platypus, accessed October 8, 2013.

Dinosaurs: Phylogenetic Chart, July 2, 1998, Answers in Genesis, http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/1998/07/02/phylogenetic-chart, accessed October 8, 2013.

Jonathan Sarfati, Ph.D., F.M., Refuting Evolution, August 23, 2008, Creation Book Publishers, Creation Ministries International, http://creation.com/refuting-evolution-chapter-3-the-links-are-missing, accessed October 8, 2013.

[ii] John D. Morris, Ph.D., What’s a Missing Link?, Institute for Creation Research, http://www.icr.org/article/2709/, accessed October 7, 2013.

[iii] Archaeoraptor hoax update – National Geographiic recants!, March 2, 2000, http://creation.com/archaeoraptor-hoax-updatenational-geographic-recants, accessed October 8, 2013.

Carl Wieland, The evolutionary parade of ‘missing links’: The floats keep changing!, May 29, 2012, Creation Ministries International, http://creation.com/missing-links-parade, accessed October 8, 2013.

Don Batten, Darwin fossil hyper-hype, May 23, 2009, Creation Ministries International, http://creation.com/darwin-fossil-ida-hype, accessed October 8, 2013.

[iv] Jonathan Sarfati, Ph.D., F.M., Tiktaalik roseae – a fishy ‘missing link’, April 15, 2006, Creation Ministries International, http://creation.com/tiktaalik-roseae-a-fishy-missing-link, accessed October 8, 2013.

Carl Wieland, The evolutionary parade of ‘missing links’: The floats keep changing!, May 29, 2012, Creation Ministries International, http://creation.com/missing-links-parade, accessed October 8, 2013.

[v] Gary Bates, That quote! – about the missing transitional fossils: Embarrassed evolutionists try to ‘muddy the waters’, Creation Ministries International, http://creation.com/That-quotemdashabout-the-missing-transitional-fossils, October 8, 2013.

[vi] “Lucy” isn’t the “Missing Link!”, June 1, 1990, Answers in Genesis, http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/cm/v12/n3/lucy, accessed October 8, 2013.

[vii] Jonathan Sarfati, Ph.D., F.M., Refuting Evolution, August 23, 2008, Creation Book Publishers, Creation Ministries International, http://creation.com/refuting-evolution-chapter-3-the-links-are-missing, accessed October 8, 2013.

[viii] Johnjoe McFadden (Professor of Molecular Biology and Quantum Physics), Quantum Evolution, 2000, p. 71.

[ix] Jonathan Sarfati, Ph.D., F.M., Refuting Evolution, August 23, 2008, Creation Book Publishers, Creation Ministries International, http://creation.com/refuting-evolution-chapter-3-the-links-are-missing, accessed October 8, 2013.

[x] Jonathan Sarfati, Ph.D., F.M., Refuting Evolution, August 23, 2008, Creation Book Publishers, Creation Ministries International, http://creation.com/refuting-evolution-chapter-3-the-links-are-missing, accessed October 8, 2013.

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