Ardi Replaces Lucy, The Australopithecine

Ardi who’s bones are in extremely in bad condition (crushed nearly to smithereens) has finally taken center stage after 15 years of trying to piece it all  together.  Science published not three, not ten but sixteen articles on this particular fossil! Wasn’t Lucy suppose to settle all this back in the 1970s? It appears now they are telling us Lucy was on separate branches which had nothing to do with us after all, but now we have Ardi.

This fossil has been used to create a new paradigm which changes the mechanism of evolution itself.  In classical neo-Darwinism, traits evolve in a stepwise fashion through mutations and natural selection.  However, more scientists are now embracing the idea of  “adaptive suites” which advocates groups of traits that emerge together and evolve together as a package.

In Science, “Reexamining Human Origins in Light of Ardipithecus ramidus”  by  C. Owen Lovejoy (Kent State U) writes about how wrong his predecessors had been…

“An essential goal of human evolutionary studies is to account for human uniqueness, most notably our bipedality, marked demographic success, unusual reproductive physiology, and unparalleled cerebral and technological abilities.  During the past several decades, it has been routinely argued that these hominid characters have evolved by simple modifications of homologs shared with our nearest living relatives, the chimpanzee and bonobo.  This method is termed referential modeling.”

“A central tenet has been the presumption (sometimes clearly stated but more often simply sub rosa) that Gorilla and Pan are so unusual and so similar to each other that they cannot have evolved in parallel; therefore, the earliest hominids must have also resembled these African apes.  Without a true early hominid fossil record, the de facto null hypothesis has been that Australopithecus was largely a bipedal manifestation of an African ape (especially the chimpanzee).  Such proxy-based scenarios have been elevated to common wisdom by genomic comparisons, progressively establishing the phylogenetic relationships of Gorilla, Pan, and Homo.”

The adaptive suites concept is actually in some ways an old idea, it suggests changes through experience such as the normal-looking lizard ancestor which took on a taste for ants as a result, future generations did as well. Then the lizard’s body went through changes with it’s new diet, thus making not only itself more fat and sluggish but it’s off spring as well. But it’s new evolved body prompted other changes in the body such as defences from other animals that might eat it.

In another observation, Ardi is listed at 4.4 million years (using the faulty evolutionary time line) and Lucy is  listed at 3.2 million years old. Both fossils were found not that far away from each other. One could ask, what direction was evolution going for 1.2 million years between the two?

Every so often there is a lot of hype over a particular fossil with the common claims of overturning previous speculation and the textbooks need to be rewritten with the new find. It’s a claim for fame. Look at the hype they made with Lucy, which had many tv specials!  Ida was another fossil but unlike the previous two, this one was so obvious even the militant evolutionists dismissed it’s hype created by the media as being a ‘missing link.’

If they really want to gain the truth about these fossils rather than the classic story telling then they should abandon Darwinism all together and become a creationist. Instead of using artwork to fill in the fossil in order to put false images in the minds of students they will use methods of reason, logic, evidence and rhetoric!

Flightless Birds Opens New Gaps of Assumptions For Evolutionists

Evolutionary scientist claim their latest research has destroyed previous assumptions about the common ancestors of flightless birds. It was believed that flightless birds such as an ostrich evolved from other flightless birds, but this new research saying that flightless birds came from ancestors that flew.

Although these new revelations teach evolutionary scientists a great deal, they also pose a great many new questions. For example, why did these birds evolve into such similar organisms in such different environments? Science Daily

Adaptation to different environments by various animals has been a thorn in the evolutionary hypothesis. Many thought experience was a key to adaptation, but this is no longer the case. Because we know through true observational science, that there are no links, or connections from our senses or experiences to the reproductive cells. So the different environments would have no bearing on so-called; adaptation.

Indeed, there are many questions left unanswered. Firstly, how would a flightless bird be more at of an advantage over a bird that can fly?  It doesn’t, in fact it’s really a downward trend rather than an upward (positive selection) trend. Secondly, why would a unthinking natural process fine tune an animal in different environments or in the same environment in which has supposedly created?  Thirdly, how would an unthinking process know what is good for the animal or what levels it could make these changes (if possible) and move on to the next change?  And lastly, why would an unthinking process do anything?

The research actually reveals creationism. Birds which were designed, came from other birds so it’s no surprise that flightless birds come from other flying birds. This is basically a confirmation of the days of the flood where two of each animal was spared for reproductive purposes.

Convergent Evolution In Bats Ears?

There was a study conducted on a gene called; a gene called Prestin.  Normally found in mammals with highest frequency hearing such as bats. The research was conducted by Professor Gareth Jones of the University of Bristol and Dr Stephen Rossiter of Queen Mary University of London, in collaboration with colleagues from East China Normal University in Shanghai.

“The researchers studied the Prestin DNA sequence in a range of echolocating bats and fruit bats, which do not echolocate.  They found that parts of the gene appear to have evolved to be similar in the distantly related echolocating species.  Furthermore, they could not find any evidence of genetic changes in the Prestin of fruit bats that might be expected from a loss of high frequency hearing” Science Daily

Echolocating and non-Echolocating bats according to the evolutionary scientists, do not come linked all together in the evolutionary tree. Thus, coming up with the conclusion that the Prestin DNA sequence was a result of convergent evolution. This presents a problem for other evolutionists…

Paleontologists using evolutionary patterns in taxonomy, or the categorization and classification of various organisms based on relatedness. Using convergent evolution often leads to incorrect relationships and false evolutionary predictions.

Convergent evolution is also attacked by a famous defender of evolution, Steven Gould who once said, “No finale can be specified at the start, none would ever occur a second time in the same way, because any pathway proceeds through thousands of improbable stages…” So the convergent evolutionary conclusion of bats ears is no less than a confusing one, a conclusion which cannot even be proven (assumed) in it’s own field of science. And it baffles scientists to see animals with the same features who are not linked together in the evolutionary tree.

Convergent Evolution in Bats? The answer is; No. They say it’s impossible to happen (a copy of the same feature from unlinked species), but yet, there it is. It’s quite clear, the best conclusion in the evolutionary mess, is creationism. The only thing that can replicate features in animals is a creator, namely God.

Oldest Fossil of a Gecko Discovered

A Museum in London announced they have found the oldest fossil of a young Gecko which wasn’t fully grown yet. It was a remarkable discovery, but not all the body parts were found. Just the foot and part of the tail of the Gecko.

“The new study provides evidence that geckos were definitely in Asia by 100 million years ago, and had already evolved their bizarre foot structure at that time. The amber fossil was mined in the Hukawng Valley in Myanmar, and during its life the gecko probably lived in a moist, tropical forest with ample opportunities for climbing” Science Daily.

Evolutionary scientists conclude the Gecko appeared 40 millions years than previously thought. Fossil discoveries like the Gecko have displayed no real evidence for evolution. Many animals which have been found and there about two million fossils and counting, are generally fully formed. Just like this latest fossil, the Gecko is fully formed with it’s functions, nothing really out of the norm there, and it’s alleged to be 100 million years old.

“It’s not clear, therefore, how or why this fossil is “shedding additional light on the evolution and history of these ancient lizards that scampered among the feet of giant dinosaurs then and still are common in tropical or sub-tropical regions all over the world.”

The fact of the manner is, it’s not “shedding any additional light on evolution” at all…What it is shedding is more gaps on the evolutionary tree.  As the old saying goes, evolutionary science is not relative for every gap filled more gaps are created. If the fossil evidence continues the way it’s going, we shall see more proof of God’s Word that ancient animals came into existence suddenly without no common ancestor or common chemical reaction.

Tree of Life: Evolutionary Surprise

For many years since Darwin’s time, it was believed that the simplest forms evolved first, but what has been discovered has challenged that sort of thinking. Funding provided by the National Science Foundation helped evolutionary scientists using volumes of genetic data to try and determine the first animal.

What they found was the very first animal was supposedly a jumbo jelly. “This was a complete shocker.  So shocking that we initially thought something had gone very wrong.” Casey Dunn said who conducted the research. Sponges were originally thought to be the first animals on earth. Checking and rechecking again, the results were the same. An interesting note of fact, a jumbo jelly fossil from China’s Cambrian fossil beds looked essentially modern.  It was dated to early Cambrian – supposedly 540 million years old.

One of the major problems with this so-called discovery is the fact that not only are jumbo jellys complex but are also predators and if the first animal was a predator,  what did it eat?  The Tree of Life certainly has no profound impact of evidence. While more studies will be conducted in this area, the pattern remains…

For every “gap” filled, science creates new gaps all over again. The process is “inexhaustible.”

–Berlinsky author of book called; The Devil’s Delusion.