An Explanation About The Cambrian Explosion

Most likely one of the more preplexing items, a thorn in the hypothesis of evolution is the Cambrian Explosion. Two reports from a militant defender of evolution, New Scientist tries to explain the observation.

Of course, we have since discovered innumerable fossils from far earlier periods.  Rocks as old as 3.8 billion years contain signs of life, and the first recognisable bacteria appear in rocks 3.5 billion years old.”

“Multicellular plants in the form of red and green algae appear around a billion years ago, followed by the first multicellular animals about 575 million years ago, during the Ediacaran….”

The sudden appearance of a multitude of complex and varied life forms at the very bottom of the fossil-rich portion of the geologic column where evolutionists expected to find much simpler life forms so the solution we have seen so far according to New Scientist, is not to address this particular issue which is important.

Now they do try and explain some date shifting, Sponge embryos were found in China. Using the evolutionary time frame, they put the sponge embryos at the beginning of the Ediacaran era which is over 600 million years. By the way, an the sponge embryo has many complex multicellular processes already in action.

Next, they decided to let their imaginations take hold on the question of why the evidence is missing.  By speculating that the Chinese embryos could represent cysts formed under hard environmental conditions.

Fox and Le Page speculated once again but not specifying where they came from.  “They lack a nervous system and have no need for circulatory systems.  Animals like jellyfish might also have evolved early.” Somehow, central nervous systems appeared. But animal life was pretty rough at first.  This is why the evidence is missing, they claim! Instead of explaining how the setting of the stage was accomplished, they turn their attention to the climate.

“For a while the climate bounced between wild extremes: during warm periods complex life thrived and lots of carbon was locked away, leading to deep ice ages.  During the ice ages, carbon burial ceased, and the planet warmed again.”

“These swings ended only when burrowing creatures with a gut evolved towards the end of the Ediacaran, [Martin] Brasier [U of Oxford] thinks.  By recycling the organic matter falling to the sea floor, they reduced carbon burial and stabilised the climate.  “There are no Snowball Earth glaciations after big animals evolve,” he says.

We are still waiting for the evidence in another words, after all, the animals are there. Then the authors were spending time on how the complex animals were at war with bacteria. Trying to fit in the survival of the fittest.

I must say, their title is a bluff (solved at last), much like all evolutionary stories. They like to come across as confident and try to explains things, they really have no answers for. They didn’t “solve” anything while avoiding how complex animals with nervous systems arose so fast during an early time period. Instead they start talking about oxygen, carbon, and ice.

Another thing, the selective pressure in which they mentioned has no desire or power to create wings; it is just a filter against entities that do not have wings. “Selective pressure” is nothing more than a misdirection in order to lead someone away from common sense.

Like every evolutionary story does it ends with this admission, “I suspect things will turn up, but if they don’t we will have to listen to the evidence.” Proving once again, their title was misleading as well as their storyline, the problem wasn’t solved!  And they are certainly not listening to the evidence.

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3 thoughts on “An Explanation About The Cambrian Explosion

  1. “I must say, their title is a bluff (solved at last), much like all evolutionary stories.”

    Well, any story evolves, otherwise the story would be very boring and no-one would buy the book, right ?

    Michael, when do you stop posting at this rate *without* bothering to discuss anything ?

  2. Michael: “Proving once again, their title was misleading as well as their storyline, the problem wasn’t solved! And they are certainly not listening to the evidence.”

    New Scientist? The National Enquirer of popular science publishing is misleading? What else is New? NS is famous for extrapolating actual results into wild flights of fancy. Maybe that’s why it’s such a beloved creationist source.

    Michael: “This is why the evidence is missing, they claim! Instead of explaining how the setting of the stage was accomplished, they turn their attention to the climate.”

    Change “Instead of” to “For the purpose of.”

    Michael: “Then the authors were spending time on how the complex animals were at war with bacteria. Trying to fit in the survival of the fittest.”

    You have ten trillion parasites in your own body and you don’t understand how animals can be at war with bacteria. Pwn.

    Michael: “Another thing, the selective pressure in which they mentioned has no desire or power to create wings; it is just a filter against entities that do not have wings.”

    Another conflation of religious argument with scientific process. Natural selection has no “desire” or purposeful power, or intentional pressure. These are religious entities. You are trying to play checkers with a chess set. No wonder it’s not working.

    Michael , quoting NS: “I suspect things will turn up, but if they don’t we will have to listen to the evidence.”

    Exactly. Why is that simple concept so far beyond your grasp?

    Michael: “… sponge embryos at the beginning of the Ediacaran era which is over 600 million years. By the way, an the sponge embryo has many complex multicellular processes already in action.”

    The assumption here is that multicellular processes can only occur in multicellular organisms. Yet even very simple single-cell bacteria have many of the same processes that their multicellular cousins employ. For example, evolutionary research into the dawn of multicellularity showed that infectious bacteria hold off their attack until they are sufficiently numerous to overwhelm the host’s defenses. They use intercellular signaling molecules for this purpose. These molecules, although ancient, are quite complex. They can differentiate among various cell types and initiate different cell actions, such as coagulation, toxin production, differentiation, and even altruism. Complex processes did not develop with complex organisms 600Mya. They had more than 2 billion years before that to evolve.

    Finally, this post again belies the title of the blog. No discoveries about creationism. No comments about creationism. If the sources were not so remote and your facts not so twisted, you could call it “New Discoveries and Comments about Evolution.”

    This post is correct only as to one thing: Scientists continually throw out hypotheses that go beyond the facts. But they then devise investigations and predictions to confirm—or disconfirm—these speculations. The difference is that creationists merely sit on their thumbs, smiling smugly in contemplating their own ignorance.

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