|Jerry Don Bauer
Joined: Nov. 2012
|Quote (Kattarina98 @ Nov. 25 2012,17:33)|
|Mr Bauer, could you please define what you mean when you say "transitional fossil" - what features should it have?|
If all of life sprang from a common ancestor--a protist--as example, the fossil record would show a gradual transition from that initial organism to higher life forms: gradual macroevolution, or what Gould and others spoke of as gradualism.
The fossil record is a very accurate record of the history of the origin of homo sapiens and the other complex life forms.
But it does not show this by any stretch of the imagination! Gould and many others have pointed out this flaw as did Darwin himself--Which is one reason, I believe, he came up with Punctuated Equilibrium (Punk Eek) which has more problems than the lack of gradualism he attempted to explain away.
Instead of gradualism, we find long periods of stasis where nothing seemed to be happening, interspersed with periods of sudden (relatively so-when we consider the billions of years of biotic history on earth, our island home) appearance of higher life forms. The Cambrian Explosion is a good example of this.
These higher evolved organisms appeared seemingly out of nowhere with no fossil record leading up to that appearance--fully formed and ready to compete in their environment.
In fact, they STAY the way they initially appeared in the record until they become extinct, never evolving into anything else.
A good example might be a find of the following fossils: Species A -----> transition 1 -----> transition 2 -----> transition 3 -----> New species B.
There ARE a few examples that Darwinists point to and proclaim as transitions, yet there are NONE that are not controversial in that this could just be other similar species, etc. And they can't even seem to agree themselves that these are transitions.
This is a major flaw in Darwinistic thought that no one has yet to convincingly explain.