Astrobiologists Create The Cambrian Explosion

Thanks to the funding for NASA’s Astrobiology: Exobiology and Evolutionary Biology program, Shuhai Xiao from Virginia Tech and Suzanne Porter from UC Santa Barbara, we now know why the Cambrian event just looked like “Creation” but it was really evolution working behind the scenes. The story unfolds like this…

“The first instance of biomineralization – i.e. the biologic use of minerals – was around 2 billion years ago when certain bacteria precipitated grains of magnetite to apparently help orient themselves in the Earth’s magnetic field.  However, the first animal skeletons didn’t appear until right before the Cambrian explosion, at the end of the Ediacaran Period.”


“These early shell-bearing creatures help to resolve Charles Darwin’s concern over the sudden appearance of so many new animal species during the Cambrian explosion.  The fossil record gives the impression of a “Creation” event, but in reality, animals had evolved prior to the explosion.  They just didn’t leave much for paleontologists to find until they developed the skeleton-making trait.”

Ah, so that is what happened, the missing fossils in the Cambrian Explosion are hidden in the Precambian closet, where nobody has been able to observe even though the closet is wide open for inspection. Suzanne Porter one of the leading authors of this story admits she doesn’t know what the animals looked like that made the first shells.  However, she suggests that the animals did not “passed on their skeleton-making skills to any descendants, which implies biomineralization was ‘re-invented’ a few million years later.” Are you pondering about how this miraculous event could have occurred giving us a supposed faulty perception of creationism?  Porter explains, “Skeletons evolved more than three dozen times within animals – and about half of these did so in the early Cambrian.” Wow, that fast, huh?

This is a classic of  defying simple logic, here these modern scientists with PhDs are claiming to be playing a game of cards without having a deck so they can challenge others to the contrary. It may not look like they are playing cards but actually they claim they did, even though we don’t see a deck of cards because the game was so quick (quote that one, greg). Such utter nonsense of absurdity and an utter waste of taxpayers money in order to explain the Cambrian Explosion!

The Cambrian Explosion is not evolution looking like “Creation” what we observe, the sudden appearance of animals in the fossil record, is creationism! This is where the science points to, it confirms the Biblical account!

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8 thoughts on “Astrobiologists Create The Cambrian Explosion

  1. @Michael,

    You say, ‘Ah, so that is what happened, the missing fossils in the Cambrian Explosion are hidden in the Precambian closet, where nobody has been able to observe even though the closet is wide open for inspection.”

    No, Michael, the precambrian fossils are not hidden. In fact, we have complex life starting to develope before the Cambrian.

    Doushantuo Formation in China shows lots of evidence of bilaterian life from long before the Cambrian. –At first it was thought that these fossils were geologic formations and not real animals, however more research has lead to the conclusion that they were animals. — These animals are dated to by 25–45 million years BEFORE the Cambrian explosion.

    Link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6WDG-46C6G8P-H&_user=10&_coverDate=08%2F01%2F2002&_rdoc=1&_fmt=high&_orig=search&_origin=search&_sort=d&_docanchor=&view=c&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=7fcce4ec83975eee64c8e01a17805cba&searchtype=a

    — In Nevada, fossil tracks that pre-date the Cambrian by 30 million years have been found in Precambrian strata. They prove that arthropods did NOT start in the Cambrian, but BEFORE.

    @Michael,

    You then say, “Porter explains, “Skeletons evolved more than three dozen times within animals – and about half of these did so in the early Cambrian.” Wow, that fast, huh?”

    Not really fast at all. The Cambrian explosion lasted between 10 and 25 million years.

    @Michael,

    You then add, “The Cambrian Explosion is not evolution looking like “Creation” what we observe, the sudden appearance of animals in the fossil record, is creationism! “

    Animals do not just appear out of nowhere with no potential ancestors…You are overlooking the several species that show evolutionary trends during the Cambrian. Trilobites are a great example of evolution during and after the Cambrian. We now know of 17,000 species of trilobites in the fossil record, and more species are found. They begin to appear in the fossil record about 521 million years ago, that is 15 million years AFTER the start of the Cambrian explosion, and disappear around 250 million years ago during the Permian extinction. — That means they had 271 million years to evolve and diversify. And they did! There are MANY TRANSITIONS between different species of trilibites, and many of them in the Cambrian itself.

    The Cambrian explosion was not even particularly fast when compared to other radiations. A statistical analysis of the Cambrian done by Bruce Liberman based on Trilobites showed that the evolutionary pace may have sped up, but not to an unusual rate. The Cabrian is much less explosive than you want us to believe:

    Link: http://icb.oxfordjournals.org/content/43/1/229.full

    Then there is the fact that many scientists now, based on an abundance of many fossils that pre-date the Cambrian, are now beginning to suspect that the Cambrian “explosion” never happened.

    Why do I even bother?

  2. @Michael: “Furthermore, she doesn’t believe they passed on their skeleton-making skills to any descendants, which implies biomineralization was “re-invented” a few million years later.”

    In his ignorance, Michael believes that mineralization in living organisms happens by some sort of magic No, Michael. It is a chemical process, just as salt starts to precipitate out of water after you add a certain amount. The precipitation of calcium and other minerals inside a cell is also a chemical process. It happens for certain conditions within the cell. And conditions within the cell depend upon conditions in its environment. And the environment changes.

    Let’s do another Oloralogy. Lightweight DC motors for electric cars rely on neodymium for their magnets. China produces 95% of the world’s supply. Periodically—for example, right now—China decides not to export neodymium.. For a while, no electric cars are produced. Then China relents,[1] neodymium returns, and we see electric cars emerge again. WOW! Michael exults. The electric car has been re-invented!

    During the Ediacaran and Cambrian, the earth’s climate changed several times, volcanoes came and went, and surface features rearranged themselves wholesale. That is, the environment changed back and forth over a number of cycles. Minerals became more and less plentiful. Chemical reactions proceeded at higher and lower rates. And so forth.

    Actually, if Michael wishes to see mineralization get re-invented yet again, all he has to do is survive the present climate change. Over the past 50 years, the pH of the oceans has decreased sufficiently that molluscs and coral are having trouble precipitating enough calcium to form skeletons. A few more 0.1’s and mineralization in the ocean will cease; there will be no more molluscs. Then, after the CO2-induced carbonic acid from fossils fuels has dissipated, further organisms—which had retained the capability to precipitate calcium—will “re-invent” mineralized skeletons yet again.

    Tell us again, Michael, how ridiculous it is that skeletons may have been “re-invented” many times.

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    [1] Or, more likely, the corrupt local officials who control the mining of rare earths decide they can make a ton of money per ton of neodymium and yttrium and scandium..

  3. I should have better things to do with my time than sit here and knock Michael over.

    But it’s so easy.

    And I do learn things while looking this syuff up.

    Tonight, for example, Upson Downes ran across a Wikipedia entry on folklore about the NFL theorem. Cool!.

  4. //The fossil record gives the impression of a “Creation” event, but in reality, animals had evolved prior to the explosion. They just didn’t leave much for paleontologists to find until they developed the skeleton-making trait.”//

    I guess they heard of fossilized jellyfish. LOL.

  5. @Lance Ponder.

    Npt just fossil jelley fish, but we also have chemical remains of sponges from 100 million years BEFORE the Cambrian, and lots of developing life between then and the Cambrian….So, what is your point?

  6. Sorry, I meant never heard of fossilized jellyfish.

    The point being that the author of the article seemed to be suggesting there was a lack of fossil evidence of soft tissue creatures.

    The conclusions drawn about relative ages is another matter entirely and not what I was referring to.

  7. @Lance Ponders,

    Actually, there are tissue creatures before (long before) the Cambrian explosion…Even the article that Michael is quoting them mentions them (indirectly). — It mentions the Ediacaran fauna…there are plenty of what you would call “tissue” creatures there.

    The fact we have fossil tracts from 30 million years before the Cambrian with no hard body arthropods demonstrated that the existence of soft bodied arthropods indeed existed…Though their bodies are scarce, we have their tracks.

  8. I was obviously tired when I wrote that. What I was trying to say was that the author was wrong in the insinuation that soft body creatures are not in the fossil record when obviously that is false – as you clearly agree about. We can disagree about relative ages (and I do) but that’s another matter completely and not the one I was attempting to address.

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