According to the Discovery Institute, the so-called Cambrian explosion was a magic moment when their intelligent designer — blessed be he! — came to this privileged planet to tinker with the primitive biosphere in order to create the basic forms of life we now see.
Darwin’s Doubt by Stephen Meyer, Vice President and Senior Fellow of the Discovery Institute (and a central figure in the infamous Sternberg peer review controversy) is all about the wonders of the Cambrian explosion that Darwinism can’t explain.
Wikipedia’s article on the Cambrian explosion takes a somewhat less supernatural view. Anyway, things may be changing, according to a press release from the University of Edinburgh (where Darwin briefly studied medicine). It’s titled Records prompt rethink of evolution milestone. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Scientists are rethinking a major milestone in animal evolution, after gaining fresh insights into how life on Earth diversified millions of years ago. Bursts of evolutionary activity that increased the number and variety of animals began earlier, occurred over a longer timeframe, and were more frequent than previously thought, researchers say. Their findings challenge a long-held theory that suggests the huge expansion in the types of animals on the planet more than 500 million years ago was triggered by a single, rapid surge of evolution – known as the Cambrian Explosion.
Will any of this upset the Discoveroids? Not really. The great thing about their “theory” of intelligent design is that it doesn’t matter what might be discovered. Anything and everything is compatible with the inscrutable activities of their supernatural designer — blessed be he! Let’s get back to the press release. It says:
Edinburgh geoscientists re-assessed the timeline of early animal evolution by analysing records of fossil discoveries and environmental change. Until now, the Cambrian Explosion – which took place between 540 and 520 million years ago – was thought to have given rise to almost all the early ancestors of present-day animals. Scientists say, however, that it was probably just one in a series of similar events, the first of which took place at least 571 million years ago during the late Ediacaran Period.
No problem for the Discoveroids. That’s how the designer does things. Okay, one last excerpt from Edinburgh:
The bursts of evolutionary activity may have coincided with dramatic fluctuations in the levels of oxygen and essential nutrients in the oceans, the team says.
Here’s more information from PhysOrg: Ancient records prompt rethink of animal evolution timeline. They say it was Professor Rachel Wood of the University of Edinburgh’s School of GeoSciences who led the study. Here’s a link to her paper, published in Nature Ecology & Evolution: Integrated records of environmental change and evolution challenge the Cambrian Explosion. You need a subscription to see more than the abstract.
Now we’ll sit back and wait for the Discoveroids to respond.
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