Whenever we see creationists complaining that there are no transitional fossils to support the idea of evolution, we always link to this Wikipedia article: List of transitional fossils. And more are found all the time — for example, this appeared yesterday at the PhysOrg website: Newly described fossil whale represents intermediate stage between foot-powered and tail-powered swimming.
As a result of all the fossil evidence that keeps piling up, sophisticated creationists have been forced to take a different approach. We see that today in the latest effort from the Discovery Institute. This just appeared at their creationist blog: Paleontologist Günter Bechly: What We Mean by the Missing Transitional Fossil Forms. It was written by Klinghoffer. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
The thing begins with an embedded podcast — which we haven’t looked at — beneath which Klinghoffer says:
It’s from a Polish group, the En Arche Foundation, which has done fine translating of work by proponents of intelligent design.
With a pedigree like that, it’s gotta be good. Klinghoffer tells us:
Dr. Bechly makes some very helpful points.
Ooooooooooooh! He’s talking about Discoveroid “senior fellow” Günter Bechly, one of our favorite Discoveroids. What does his podcast say? Klinghoffer continues:
For one, he distinguishes between two meanings of “transitional” fossil forms and identifies the problem these forms pose for Darwinism.
There are “two meanings”? We didn’t know that. Klinghoffer explains:
Certainly, we find organisms that are “morphologically intermediate,” bearing resemblances to organisms that came before and others that came later. [Those are transitionals!] What we don’t find is the smooth curve of change expected by Darwinian theory, a “fossil lineage that shows a gradual transition from one form into the other.”
Aha –although we do have some so-called transitionals, we don’t have a fossil from every generation that ever existed. What about the gaps between the transitionals? Günter has a good point! And you know what’s in those gaps, don’t you? That’s right — it’s the God of the gaps. Or as the Discoveroids say, the designer of the gaps.
Klinghoffer finishes with this:
The record of abrupt appearances, “explosions” (not just the famous Cambrian explosion), “revolutions,” etc., is not the exception but the rule. [Gasp!] Given conventional evolutionary assumptions, this should not be the case!
Once again, dear reader, the Discoveroids have utterly crushed your Darwinist illusions. How much longer will it be before you abandon evolution and succumb to the logic of intelligent design?
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