If you look at the universe and study the universe, what you find is that there is no evidence that we need anything other than the laws of physics and the other laws of science to explain everything we see. There's absolutely no evidence that we need any supernatural hand of god. -- Lawrence Krauss, World-Renowned Physicist
There is probably no other notion in any field of science that has been as extensively tested and as thoroughly corroborated as the evolutionary origin of living organisms. -- Encyclopedia Britannica
FAITH. No one word personifies the absolute worst and most wicked properties of religion better than that. Faith is mind-rot. It’s the poison that destroys critical thinking, undermines evidence, and leads people into lives dedicated to absurdity. It’s a parasite regarded as a virtue. -- PZ Myers
Religion is the antithesis of science, an anesthetic for the mind that disables critical thought and encourages the acceptance of inanity as fact, and wishful thinking as evidence. -- PZ Myers

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Somebody wrote a nice summary of the fossil evidence for evolution at Yahoo Answers.

Because they are found in a large number of strata, and the strata were laid down with the lowest being the oldest and the uppermost being the latest, the fossils must also be dated accordingly and the sequence of fossils within the strata also therefore follow the sequence oldest to youngest. 

And please note that the sequences of strata were developed by CREATIONIST geologists long before Darwin came up with his theory, so they could not have been influenced by evolutionary theory. 

The fossils are found in numerous different types of strata, including non-alluvial, and the fossils have a distinct order in the complexity and types of fossils through the strata. The oldest strata are found to contain only very simple life forms, and as one progresses through the strata more advanced life forms appear in a specific order that conforms to evolutionary theory. 

The fact is that evolutionary theory would be falsified if any of the 5,000 present-day species of mammals, including human, or the 10,000 present-day species of birds were found in the fossil strata where they should not be found (for example, in the same strata with dinosaur fossils). No such finds have been made. And the same could be said for any other appearance of a later species in geological strata that was formed before that species could have evolved. But, according to the creationist flood "model" all species should be found together in the same strata. 

If the creationist view is true, why do we not find one single elephant, horse, cow, tiger, kangaroo, wolf, bear, gorilla, deer, giraffe, or HUMAN fossil, or anything like those or any other existing modern-type mammal in ANY geologic strata ANYWHERE in the world in which dinosaur fossils are found? The only mammal fossils to be found in such strata are those of relatively small species that are unique for that time frame. And going back to earlier strata you do not even find dinosaur and mammal fossils, but rather only early reptiles and amphibians. And in still earlier strata you do not even find those fossils, but only more primitive life forms. 

Furthermore, fossils of ALL sizes can be found in the same stratum: not all dinosaurs were large, many were small, and during the age of dinosaurs there were NO large mammals (large mammals did not evolve until AFTER the dinosaurs died out). So why are only small mammal fossils found with dinosaurs and none of elephants, rhinos, etc.? That shoots down the stupid hydro-separation fantasy that creationists have come up with. 

So the creationists totally ignore the stratigraphical context of the fossils. The fossils are found in numerous different types of strata, including non-alluvial, and the fossils have a distinct order in the complexity and types of fossils through the strata. If the biblical flood were true there would be a mix of fossils with no particular order. 

Because all of the evidence is for evolution, the purveyors of creationism in their web sites and books resort to lies and deceit in their attempts to disprove evolution. 

And ignorant, gullible lay creationists just lap it all up and repeat it here.


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