A widely held belief in evolutionary circles that consists of species which are isolated from the rest become more unique as time goes on. This conception isn’t being verified, 700 new insect species were recently discovered in India. It’s evolutionary time frame was set at over 52 million years old. These fossils were in a spectacular state of preservation, the BBC reports…
“We have complete, three-dimensionally preserved specimens that are 52 million years old,” one researcher says with astonishment, “and you can handle them almost like living ones.”
Not only that, despite being isolated for many years, the insects resembled others of their kind in Asia, Africa, and even South America which falsifies a evolutionary ‘theory’ known as endemism. The attempt to rescue the theory with contrary observations, the team came up with a story about insects flying over vast distances or drifting on ocean currents.”
New Scientist also writes about the falsifying evidence…
“FIFTY-million-year-old insects preserved in amber are helping to rewrite the story of India’s almighty crash into the Eurasian continent, suggesting that for as long as a few million years before the collision, India was connected to Asia by archipelagos.”
“India spent tens of millions of years as an island before colliding with Asia. Yet the fossil record contains no evidence that unique species evolved on the subcontinent during this time, so India may not have been as isolated as it seemed to be.”
And that’s not all, the Guardian wrote an interest piece on honeybees’ computational abilities. Somehow the size of a brain is considered a gage on how intelligent one can be in evolutionary theory but these honeybees falsify this notion.
“Bees can solve complex mathematical problems which keep computers busy for days, research has shown. The insects learn to fly the shortest route between flowers discovered in random order, effectively solving the “traveling salesman problem” , said scientists at Royal Holloway, University of London.”
“The conundrum involves finding the shortest route that allows a travelling salesman to call at all the locations he has to visit. Computers solve the problem by comparing the length of all possible routes and choosing the one that is shortest. Bees manage to reach the same solution using a brain the size of a grass seed.”
Looks like humans could learn a thing or two from honeybees on how to solve such problems more efficiently. This time researchers didn’t attempt to explain how a brain the size of a grass seed could out do our best computers! So there you have it, another insect not going along with evolutionary ‘theory’.