They’ve posted about it hundreds of times. The Discovery Institute claims that the so-called Cambrian explosion was that 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 they claim Darwinism can’t explain.
However, the so-called “explosion” wasn’t like the six days of Genesis. It lasted for maybe 25 million years. Because single-celled organisms can reproduce a couple of times an hour, there were literally billions of generations during that “explosion,” which is sufficiently long to permit a vast amount of evolution to occur, with no necessity for supernatural tinkering. That’s sufficient for us to ignore the Discoveroids’ claims, but now there’s more.
This news article just appeared at the website of Nature: Ancient worm fossil rolls back origins of animal life. Their sub-title is enough to give the Discoveroids nightmares: “Half-a-billion-year-old creature challenges theory that animals burst onto the scene in an abrupt event known as the Cambrian explosion.” Let’s find out what’s going on. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
More than half a billion years ago, a strange, worm-like creature died as it crawled across the muddy sea floor. Both the organism and the trail it left lay undisturbed for so long that they fossilized. Now, they are helping to revise our understanding of when and how animals evolved. The fossil, which formed some time between 551 million and 539 million years ago, in the Ediacaran period, joins a growing body of evidence that challenges the idea that animal life on Earth burst onto the scene in an event known as the Cambrian explosion, which began about 539 million years ago.
There’s wailing and moaning at Discoveroid headquarters. Then Nature says:
“It is just pushing things further and further back into the Ediacaran,” says Rachel Wood, a geoscientist at the University of Edinburgh, UK. The Cambrian explosion no longer appears to be such an abrupt event in the history of life on Earth, she says. An analysis of the fossil, along with a few dozen similar specimens found in the same rock sequence in southern China, is published in Nature.
They have a footnote that leads to Death march of a segmented and trilobate bilaterian elucidates early animal evolution. All you can see without a subscription is the abstract, so we’ll return for a bit more of the article we started with. We’re told:
The rock record has already revealed that the Ediacaran seas were rich in life, but many Ediacaran fossils have strange anatomical features that are unlike those seen in modern animals. Because of this, palaeontologists have struggled to relate the Ediacaran organisms to the creatures of the Cambrian period. This bolstered the idea that the Cambrian explosion represented the dramatic first appearance of familiar animals. [And provided the cornerstone of Discoveroid “science.”] But opinions have begun to shift in the past few years. [Hee hee!] Some Ediacaran organisms have been recognized as animals despite their peculiar anatomy, which suggests that animal life began millions of years before the Cambrian explosion.
Okay, that’s enough. The foundation of the Discoveroids’ “science” is crumbling, but that doesn’t matter. Creationists never admit they were wrong about anything.
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