You won’t believe what we found at the website of WorldNetDaily (WND) — described in the Cast of Characters section of our Intro page. It’s in their honor that our jolly buffoon logo is displayed above this post.
Their headline is Another Cambrian discovery discredits evolution. That link only takes you to a one-paragraph excerpt from a “news” item they found elsewhere, but which they thought was important enough to be brought to the attention of their readers.
What is the news item that WND decided to promote? It’s an article found at the website of the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the granddaddy of all creationist outfits. Yes, dear reader, that’s where WND goes for their science news! To them, ICR is a credible source of information.
Here’s the ICR article: Another Cambrian Discovery Discredits Evolution. Yes, that’s the same headline WND used. It’s the usual creationist nonsense about the so-called Cambrian “explosion,” but because of WND’s endorsement we’ll discuss it briefly. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
A fossil creature from the phylum Entoprocta (invertebrate animals that have tentacles and lacking a mineralized skeleton) was found in marked abundance (over 400 individuals) in Burgess Shale. The Burgess is a sedimentary layer that’s purportedly part of the Cambrian period about a half-billion years ago, according to evolutionists.
You can get a better understanding of what they’re talking about by reading this from PhysOrg: Ancient critter could be the granddaddy of shellfish. PhysOrg tells about one interesting feature:
On the upper part, the creature’s mouth lay adjacent to its anus, with the two organs connected by a U-shaped gut and encircled by a “crown” of foldable tentacles, the scientists found.
But why was ICR interested in such an obscure organism? And what was so important that this item attracted the attention of the venerable WND? ICR tells us in their next sentence:
The problem for paleontologists is that the supposedly 520 million year old creature looks exactly like its living counterparts, only up to 8 eight times larger.
Aha! They got us! This thing hasn’t evolved in over 500 million years! Darwin was a fool! Let’s read on:
In the Cambrian system, the fossils represent an explosion of complex multicellular life forms — hence the term “Cambrian Explosion.” The problem for evolution is that the Cambrian explosion occurs suddenly with no transitional forms preceding it. Furthermore, many of the types of fossils found in the Cambrian layer are represented by modern organisms, such as entoprocts, that are alive and well today.
Yes, the Cambrian explosion. That geological period lasted around 50 million years, and as we explained in The Mystery of the Cambrian “Explosion”, that was enough time for literally billions of generations for the simple creatures then living, which is sufficient for lots of evolving to occur. And if a species is successful in its environment, although some of its descendants may drift away and evolve in various directions, there’s no reason for the parent stock to become extinct. We’re skipping most of the IRC article, but here’s their final paragraph:
Clearly, a majority of the fossil record was formed as a result of the year-long global Flood recorded in Genesis, making it one of evolution’s greatest enemies. The original diversity of organisms were created by God to reproduce “after their kind,” which is why fossils like the entoproct are complex, fully formed, and similar to their modern living counterparts.
That was important enough for the editors of WND that they headlined it for their readers — so they could learn the latest creation science. WND keeps earning their Buffoon logo, over and over again.
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