Fossil turtles confound evolutionists [Excerpts]
Australian scientists announced in February the discovery of dozens of fossilized sea turtles that they say have exciting implications for evolution. However, the exciting implications seem rather to be against evolution!
The fossils are "believed" to be 110 millions years old. But contrary to evolutionary expectations, they look "basically the same as sea turtles do today."
Evolutionists have no idea where the sea turtles came from or what they are related to. They just appear in the fossil record (the oldest, a single specimen found in Brazil in 1998, is "dated" at 115 million years), fully formed and fully recognizable. They have since "remained virtually unchanged for over 100 million years," "Discovery" reports.
How do the evolutionists explain this? The Australian researchers are quoted as saying that the "sea turtles have hit on the winning design . . . [and] cracked the winning code." Notice how the evolutionists describe the turtles -- as if they are highly intelligent, creative, forward-looking engineers, which they are not, of course. Evolution is supposedly based on natural selection and mutations, which are mindless, directionless, blind natural processes.
But these are not the only living fossils that refute evolution and millions of years. Many examples could be cited. Regarding salamander fossils recently found in China, we learn that "Despite its Bathonian age, the new cryptobranchid [salamander] shows extraordinary morphological similarity to its living relatives. This similarity underscores the stasis [no change] within salamander anatomical evolution. Indeed, extant cryptobranchid salamanders can be regarded as living fossils whose structures have remained little changed for over 160 million years."
Scientists have found from microscopic examination of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) fossils, dated to be 3.5 billion years old, that they are essentially identical to the blue-green algae that are still living today. Microscopic algae didn't change over 3.5 billion years of evolution? Who's kidding whom?
2. Ke-Qin Gao & Neil H. Shubin, "Earliest known crown-group salamanders," "Nature" 422 :428, March 27, 2003.
3. www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/bacteria/cyanointro.html. This is the website of the Museum of Paleontology at the Univ. of Calif., Berkeley.
(Dr. Terry Mortenson, Answers in Genesis, April 18, 2005).