Proof for Evolution?
Does the fossil record prove that one-celled organisms arose from non-living matter and evolved into many life forms? Definitely not. The facts do not support the theories of evolution..
No Transitional Forms
Charles Darwin wrote, "...Why, if species have descended from other species by fine graduations, do we not everywhere see innumerable transitional forms?" (Darwin, The Origin of the Species, New York: Heritage Press, page 135). The fossil record does not show the change from one specie to another. Intensive searches for more than a century have produced no transitional forms. D. S. Woodruff, University of Chicago, wrote, "...the record fails to contain a single example of a significant transition" (Science, Vol. 208, 1980, p. 716).
Forms Appear Suddenly
The major groups of animal life are distinct from the beginning of the fossil record and they appear suddenly in the Cambrian strata. This would suggest creation rather than evolution. Darwin wondered why fossils were abundant from the Cambrian strata onward. He expected to find abundant fossils beneath the Cambrian strata. (Darwin, The Origin of the Species, Heritage Press, page 295).
(1) There are no fossils to show a change from one-celled microorganisms of the Pre-Cambrian era to the many and varied Invertebrates of the Cambrian era. (2) The change from Invertebrates to vertebrates would have involved billions of animals. Not one fossil has been found to demonstrate the change. Invertebrates have soft inner parts and hard outer shells. Vertebrates have skeletons. (3) Evolution would require that the fin of a fish would evolve into the foot of an amphibian. The coelacanth was supposed to be such a fish and thought to have limb-like features indicating development of a primitive amphibian. But in 1938 a live coelacanth was found near Madagascar. Through the years it has kept the same structure. (4) The fossil record proves nothing about the supposed evolution from amphibians to reptiles to mammals. Similar characteristics may be observed, but this does not prove that one life form evolved into another. (5) There is no fossil evidence to show that reptiles evolved into birds. Archaeopteryx was said to show the change from reptile to bird, but Archaeopteryx had feathers and was clearly a bird. (6) Insect fossils, found in amber, coal, volcanic ash, etc., show that ancient insects were similar to those living now. There is no fossil evidence to indicate that insects evolved from some other life form. (7) Plant fossils provide no evidence of evolution.
Consider the trilobite. It is found in Cambrian strata and should be primitive, but its eye is superior to the human eye. It could focus on an object one foot away and three miles away at the same time. If life forms have slowly evolved, how did the trilobite develop such an advanced eye in a primitive age?
A modern type of pine pollen (a conifer spore) has been found in the Grand Canyon in Pre-Cambrian shale. This is one of the most modern plant types. A forerunner of the modern form would be expected in Pre-Cambrian strata.
The geologic column exists only in textbooks. The entire column is not found at any given point on the earth. Evolutionary geologists attempt to determine the age of rock strata by studying the fossils found in the rock. Evolutionary biologists assume the passage of great periods of time in order for the life forms to evolve. There are no facts in the geologic column, only assumptions.
The fossil record does not support the belief that living matter arose from non-living matter and then evolved into higher life forms.
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