Posts Tagged ‘Cambrian Fossil’


Lack of any intermediary forms in any epoch would be the rule, not the exception to the rule.

This cannot be treated in complete form without writing a whole book about it. We can understand some aspects in simple thought processes, which I can cover in a few pages.

Imagine, if you will, that the earth, suddenly, and violently became frozen in ice. Both, you and your partner are showering to go to a party, clean and freshly shaved. You step out of the shower, which is turning ice-cold and freeze before you can cross the room. The entire planet hits one-hundred degrees below zero and all life freezes.

Further imagine, that some alien species, in the next million years discovers that life existed on this planet and began to explore that life, frozen in time. What would they conclude?

I will only look at three species: the entire dog family, the entire cat family, and the entire primate family. In the dog family, we would have wolves, whence dogs were bred from, every species of (dog) house pets, and foxes, and any other animal that resembled dogs, related or not. In the cat family, we would have lions, tigers, pet cats, from every possible bread, including some with six toes, seven toes, and naked cats. In the primate family, we would have monkeys, and apes of every shape and size, along with humans of every color and size.

It is the twenty-first century, so we must include that men shave their beards and some women shave their pubic hair, arm pits, and legs. Some don’t shave anything—male or female.

What would you make of this evidence? Would you conclude that there was only one subfamily of each specimen? Would you conclude that every individual specimen was a separate species? Including that shaved humans differ from unshaved humans as a species characteristic? Assume you could not acknowledge that shaving was invented.

Looking at the Precambrian or Cambrian explosions with the same information available would soon lead you to difficult thinking and some unanswered questions.

Advocates of Intelligent Design, or Creationist, are asking these questions, fervently, and drawing the conclusion that these “frozen moments” in time do not support species divergence. There is not one single intermediary specimen to show evolution of species. They all appear fully functional and complete. Proof! They must have been designed!

What should one do to find the truth? Look at the evidence for what it is! Difficult to assess. This bring us full circle to our frozen world. Do you insist on every specimen being a separately catalogued species? Did naked man evolve hair, then a tail, shrink in size, and then take to the trees as the temperature dropped?

There is one place we can enter and claim as designed. The cats and dogs, which were, in fact, selected for by agency—human agency! One could apply this same thought process for the selection of primates. They must have been selected for by an intelligent designer as not one intermediary is present to conform to evolution. Ergo, they could not have evolved without leaving a single missing link.

One, in this case, would be completely wrong. The intelligent agent that selected for the different dogs and cats were frozen in time with them—they were the primates, human in species. The many varieties of dogs and cats, including naked cats, were selected from a parent stock which still exist. In the case of the dog, we know the wolf to be the progenitor. The aliens would not know this until it was, if even possible, discovered. I have no doubts that discoveries will be made to better understand the Precambrian and Cambrian explosions.

Applying this last paragraph to these two explosions might help us understand something about the species frozen in time. Natural selection works to promote the positive characteristics. Competition for life acts as a selector. If one species of the explosion was a predator, it would, no doubt, influence selection for the perfect prey: one would expect the imperfect to be consumed by the predators, while the best at defence or escape would prosper and become frozen in time as well. The same rule would apply. One species selected for the other species at some level. It is called niche change as well. Lack of any intermediary forms in any epoch would be the rule, not the exception to the rule.

 

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