The Evolving, Non-Evolving, Evolution Problem

Posted by Chris Parker
Aug 22 2009


Photo:Fossil squid and living squid. Which is which? Does it really matter?

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Item; there’s an interesting thing about ants, bees, spiders and other insects caught in amber supposedly millions of years ago, discovered, collected and studied today.

The problem is; they are ants, bees, spiders and other insects! No matter how old the amber in which they’ve been trapped supposedly is; 50 million, 75 million, 150 million, they are obviously what they are and recognizably so. So; where’s the evolution?

Item; not too long ago, which we’ve mentioned here a few times, scientists marveled at how similar a fossil octopus was to current octopi, even though the fossil was allegedly 95 million years old. Where’s the evolution?

Item: a fossil lamprey, allegedly 360 million years old was so identical in every respect to “modern” lampreys that the scientists studying them could only claim that “perhaps they had gotten a little longer”, a very unscientific claim to make on the basis of one specimen. One has to ask; where is the evolution?

No evolution in 95 million years? No evolution in 360 million years? Of course, we’re just looking at the tip of the iceberg here; there are probaly a thousand other examples if not more. Recently, scientists came across a group of fossil squids which they claim are 150 million years old. These squid were so “fresh” that the scientists were able to extract ink and use it to draw a picture of the specimen. What caused this group of creatures to become fossilized, rather than to rot or be eaten?

How is something like “ink” preserved for 150 million years? Where is the evolution?

The answer is; no evolution and a young earth!

Ink found in Jurassic-era squid …BBC News
Palaeontologists have drawn with ink extracted from a preserved fossilised squid uncovered during a dig in Trowbridge, Wiltshire.

The fossil, thought to be 150 million years old, was found when a rock was cracked open, revealing the one-inch-long black ink sac.

A picture of the creature and its Latin name was drawn using its ink.

Dr Phil Wilby of the British Geological Survey said it was an ancient creature similar to the modern-day squid.

“The structure is similar to ink from a modern squid so we can write with it,” he said.

‘Medusa effect’

The find was made at a site which was first excavated in Victorian times where thousands of Jurassic fossils with preserved soft tissues were found.

Dr Wilby, who led the excavation, said: “We think that these creatures were swimming around during the Jurassic period and were turned to stone soon after death. It’s called the Medusa effect.”

Experts believe one possibility is that thousands of the creatures congregated in the area to mate before being poisoned by algae in the water.

Remains of a different species of squid have also been found, suggesting the carcasses attracted predators to feed on them and they in turn also died.

Dr Wilby said: “They can be dissected as if they are living animals, you can see the muscle fibres and cells.

“It is difficult to imagine how you can have something as soft and sloppy as an ink sac fossilised in three dimension, still black, and inside a rock that is 150 million years old.”

The specimen is now in the British Geological Survey collection in Nottingham.

Part of the ink sac has been sent to Yale University in America for more in-depth chemical analysis.

Thanks to; Geoff. G.

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