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Stubborn Stasis

“We may safely infer that not one living species will transmit
its unaltered likeness to a distant futurity ….”
2
Charles Robert Darwin

The fossil record makes a mockery of Darwin’s prophecy. The core of Darwinian gospel takes the entire theory down with his imaginary ship. If being sold as an investment stock, it would be delisted by any exchange.

fossilized nautilus

© Clara

This giant fossilized nautilus shows a striking resemblance
to its smaller, twenty-first century descendants.

Fossil cemeteries include mirror images of modern coelacanths, crustaceans, millipedes, horseshoe crabs, snails, bivalves, squid-like belemnolds, nautilus-like ammonolds, mollusks—even a shrimp discovered in Oklahoma, alleged to be 360 million years old.

Moving up the geologic column from the deepest sedimentary layers, ancestral duplicates of today’s stromatolites, brittlestars, sea lilies, dragonflies, tree ferns, horsetails, sycamore tree leaves, wasps, and sand dollars confirm the gross error of Darwin’s imaginings.

The Pre-Cambrian landscape presents a virtual “paleontological desert. Rather than a reliable geologic column brimming with obvious transitionals, stasis intrudes. The abrupt appearance of several thousand different animal species during the Cambrian Explosion, without observable prior fossil ancestry, runs counter to the chance hypothesis.

Almost abrupt appearance of the major animal groups,” from as many as 50 phyla, ranks as “one of the most difficult problems in evolutionary paleontology.” 3 This is “not an obviously predicable outcome of evolution.” 4

Today’s world is loaded with look-alike descendants of Cambrian animal species, relatively unchanged from their fossil ancestors, undercutting an already tenuous theory predicated on an organic chain of persistent transitions. Fossils reputedly millions-of-years old that share an “unaltered likeness” with living descendants discredits Darwinian projections.

Discontinuity and stasis combine to trump evolution’s gradualism.

Multi-celled animal embryos, no bigger than a grain of sand, have been discovered in China, preserved in calcium phosphate and dated at the edge of the Cambrian/Precambrian time frame—marking the prolific explosion of organic life during which “virtually all the major animal body plans seen on Earth today blossomed in a sudden riotous evolutionary springtime.” 5

Henry Gee’s scrutinizing eye views attempts to “take a line of fossils and claim that they represent a lineage” as a less than scientific “assertion that carries the same validity as a bedtime story.” 6

All fossil roundworms found to date are indistinguishable from modern forms.” Fossils conventionally dated “more than 3 billion years old are virtually identical to organisms, called cyanobacteria, living today.” 7

Shixue Hu of China’s Chengdu Geological Center reports discovering a cemetery of 20,000 fossils, many fully intact, buried fifty feet deep in a Luoping mountain in southwestern China. Duly awarded a 250 million year conventional age, the treasure trove of antiquity includes stunning evidence at odds with Darwin’s unfulfilled prediction. There they were, mega-millions of conventional years after the fact: fossil residue of clams, oysters and snails—virtual replicas of life forms that inhabit today’s earth.

The find’s stunner was the “soft tissues” found on some of the fossils! 8

Soft tissues that escaped decay for 250 million years?

Many plant and animal species have suffered extinction. Equally certain, a cast of thousands thrive profusely, perpetuating resemblance to ancient ancestors. Evidence preserved in stone contradicts Darwin’s guess that “not one living species” would escape to the future.

Stasis not only prevails, it dominates!

This is an excerpt from a chapter of the 2016 Edition
of “Three Days Before the Sun”, now available
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