Tardigrades Reveal Nothing About Evolution

Once again we bring you a brilliant article by Ken Ham, (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. It’s posted at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), ol’ Hambo’s creationist ministry, and it’s titled “Water Bear” Discovered Preserved in Amber. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

Tardigrades (also known as water bears) are famous for their ability to survive nearly anything, including the vacuum of space. Evolutionists believe these microscopic animals have survived for 540 million years, and yet, partially due to their size, only three fossil specimens have been uncovered.

Some of that is confirmed in the Wikipedia article:titled Tardigrade. They don’t spend much time discussing fossils, presumably because numerous species of tardigrade are currently alive. Wikipedia says “There are about 1,300 known species in the phylum Tardigrada ,,, ” Then Hambo says:

The third tardigrade specimen — described as a “once-in-a-generation” find — was only just discovered, preserved incredibly beautifully in a piece of amber dated at supposedly 16 million years. As many amber fossils are, this tardigrade was so well preserved that scientists could observe fine details.

Why is Hambo interested in this fossil? He tells us:

Tardigrades are believed to be an “ancient lineage,” surviving since the so-called Cambrian period 540 million years ago. This specimen is thought to be, by evolutionary reckoning [Hee hee!], a mere 16 million years old — and yet the specimen is easily recognizable as a tardigrade, with minor differences internally to place it in a new genus. But tardigrades remain tardigrades!

Come on, Hambo, get to the point! Here it comes:

No evolution has occurred because evolution is nothing more than a story applied to the evidence to explain life without God. [Gasp!] But it does a poor job explaining the evidence because the true history of life is given to us in God’s Word!

Wow — tardigrades haven’t evolved. Darwinism is doomed! Hambo’s conclusion is sloppily drafted, but here’s a bit of it:

And a fossil tardigrade doesn’t “empirically [show] their progression through Earth history.” [Who is he quoting?] It shows a fossil tardigrade. [Duh!] … The fossil is empirical evidence — the explanation for how tardigrades evolved isn’t!

So there you are — wherever that is. Now that you’ve seen Hambo’s article, what’s your opinion, dear reader?

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13 responses to “Tardigrades Reveal Nothing About Evolution

  1. And what does the Bible say about tardigrades?

  2. Charles Deetz ;)

    Imagine hambo using his estimate of age instead of the scientists in articles like this.

    “dated at supposedly 16 million 4000 years.”

  3. Today he follows up on the tartigrades with coelocanths. They have been around so long that they disprove how long they have been around

  4. But it does a poor job explaining the evidence because the true history of life is given to us in God’s Word!

    That’s not a very good “because”. Even people that didn’t go to logic school can see that’s a questionable “because”.

    You’re gonna need a bigger boat “because”. –Jaws

  5. “… history of life …. In God’s Word …”

  6. “… history of life …. In God’s Word …”
    What changes, what history of life, is there in the Bible? Creationists point to the introduction of carnivory, but is there anything else? I don’t think that there is any mention of extinction (not so long ago, extinction was thought impossible), nor any hint of micro evolution.

  7. To quote the Science Daily article, “for the first time, we’ve visualized the internal anatomy of the foregut in a tardigrade fossil and found combinations of characters in this specimen that we don’t see in living organisms now. Not only does this allow us to place this tardigrade in a new genus, but we can now explore evolutionary changes this group of organisms experienced over millions of years.”

    And there you have it. It’s still a tardigrade so these changes don’t count as evolution. If they were large enough to count, then ofc we woud be looking at a different Kind. Either way, there is no evidence for evolution.

  8. @Paul Braterman
    Those creationists who talk about “kind” ie “min” usually say that it is something like the taxon “family”. Not such a large taxon as phylum. To say that “it is still a tardigrade” would be something like accepting micro evolutionary connection from a shark to an ostrich, “it’s still a vertebrate”.

  9. The same with the coelacanth. The fossils more recently discovered show small but significant morphological differences from the current species. The lines of descent are by no means thought to be direct or straightforward. The rest is explained by the unchanging environment of the mid-range pelagic habitat, the oceans at below 300 meters, But to Ham, they’re the same “kind”. That’s all he knows, and all he needs to know, because the average shambling thumbsucker he’s pitching to knows even less.

  10. @Toms, it’s only a new Genus of tardigrade, which is ok since all Felids are one kind so Kind must be potentially as large as a Family.

  11. “But tardigrades remain tardigrades!”

  12. I guess all the extinct fossils that are different from anything living today are the exceptions that prove the rule that everything stays the same.

  13. It’s from 2016 but in case anyone missed it.

    “This 99-Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Tail Trapped in Amber Hints at Feather Evolution”

    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amber-fossil-adds-new-dimensions-tale-dinosaur-feathers-180961355/