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Fossils Reveal Truth About Darwin’s Theory

Posted in Uncategorized by Rodibidably on February 12, 2009

[Originally posted at: Yahoo News]

With the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin this week, people around the world are celebrating his role as the father of evolutionary theory. Events and press releases are geared, in part, to combat false claims made by some who would discredit the theory.

One frequently cited “hole” in the theory: Creationists claim there are no transitional fossils, aka missing links. Biologists and paleontologists, among others, know this claim is false.

As key evidence for evolution and species’ gradual change over time, transitional creatures should resemble intermediate species, having skeletal and other body features in common with two distinct groups of animals, such as reptiles and mammals, or fish and amphibians.

These animals sound wild, but the fossil record – which is far from complete – is full of them nonetheless, as documented by Occidental College geologist Donald Prothero in his book “Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters” (Columbia University Press, 2007). Prothero discussed those fossils last month at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, along with transitional fossils that were announced since the book was published, including the “fishibian” and the “frogamander.”

At least hundreds, possibly thousands, of transitional fossils have been found so far by researchers. The exact count is unclear because some lineages of organisms are continuously evolving.

[Read the rest of this post at: Yahoo News]

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  1. sk3ptik said, on February 12, 2009 at 2:08 PM

    Doesn’t it seem “fishy” that of all the Darwinian geologists, archaeologists, anthropologist, etc. etc., that the author of this article could only reference ONE publication that documents the “missing link”? I would expect a longer list.

  2. Rodibidably said, on February 12, 2009 at 2:13 PM

    I’m confused what you mean by your comment…
    Are you trying to claim that there is no other evidence?
    Are you trying to claim that this evidence is false?
    Are you trying to claim that the author should have listed every single piece of evidence available, thus making the article unreadable due to it’s cumbersome length?

  3. Angellaa said, on February 23, 2009 at 11:27 PM

    Hmm, very cognitive post.
    Is this theme good unough for the Digg?

  4. hellopat said, on November 23, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    I believe in creation, and also believe in evolution. Its inconceivable to me that God created the earth in six days, but more created an earth that would grow by its self. If the earth is full of fossils, that should be enough proof that life evolved.

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