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The missing link? Not!

Friday, May 22, 2009, 12:21 am |

You’ve probably heard the news this week about the unveiling of the so-called “missing link” in human evolution that “proves” God didn’t create the world.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t have the huge amount of “faith” needed to believe in the shabby evidence for “Ida.”

On May 19, a team of scientists in New York presented a fossilized skeleton that they claim is 47 million years old. They said the creature — nicknamed “Ida” — had four legs and a long tail, was about the size of a small cat, and had human-like nails instead of claws, along with a bone in her foot that is similar to humans.

But those making the claim that a fossilized lemur proves Darwin’s theory of evolution are deceiving themselves.

The fossil is similar to a modern lemur, and in no way resembles a human skeleton. There’s no evidence that it’s anything other than an extinct, lemur-like creature. As researchers at Answers in Genesis point out:

…rather than an apeman-like missing link that some media sources have irresponsibly implied, the real story is quite underwhelming and should in no way faze creationists. Let’s first review the facts:

• The well-preserved fossil (95 percent complete, including fossilized fur and more) is about the size of a raccoon and includes a long tail. It resembles the skeleton of a lemur (a small, tailed, tree-climbing primate). The fossil does not resemble a human skeleton.

• The fossil was found in two parts by amateur fossil hunters in 1983. It eventually made its way through fossil dealers to the research team.

• Ida has opposable thumbs, which the ABC News article states are “similar to humans’ and unlike those found on other modern mammals” (i.e., implying that opposable thumbs are evidence of evolution). Yet lemurs today have opposable thumbs (like all primates). Likewise, Ida has nails, as do other primates. And the talus bone is described as “the same shape as in humans,” despite the fact that there are other differences in the ankle structure.

• Unlike today’s lemurs (as far as scientists know), Ida lacks the “grooming claw” and a “toothcomb” (a fused row of teeth) In fact, its teeth are more similar to a monkey’s. These are minor differences easily explained by variation within a kind.

Stop and think about it. If evolution were true, the earth’s crust would be absolutely crammed full of fossils of species that were noticeably but incrementally different from each other. As Dr. Phil Fernandes wrote in “The Scientific Case Against Evolution”:

The fossil record is assumed to prove evolution, but, this is not the case. The fossil record shows no evidence of transitional forms (missing links). New life forms appear suddenly and fully developed. There are no animals with half-fins or half-wings in the fossil record. If there were transitional forms, why have none been found? This is a serious problem for evolutionists. Harvard paleontologists Stephen Jay Gould and Louis Agassiz have admitted this lack of evidence for evolution in the fossil record. Aggassiz, a nineteenth-century creationist, stated:

Species appear suddenly and disappear suddenly in the progressive strata….the supposed intermediate forms between the species of different geological periods are imaginary beings, called up merely in support of a fanciful theory.

Gould, a twentieth century evolutionist, stated:

In any local area, a species does not arise gradually by the steady transformation of its ancestors; it appears all at once and “fully formed.”

So, despite the hopes and dreams of some prominent atheists, the lemur-like fossil is not a “missing link” that proves evolution and disproves God and His creation.

If anything, the “Ida” claim fails in everything but showmanship. Still, this media-centric news story is an  ironic, stark reminder that millions of transitional fossils just aren’t there!

In contrast, there is abundant evidence that the earth and the cellular structure of humans was designed and is not by chance. This evidence should convince even self-proclaimed agnostics that  the universe, the world and life were intelligently designed — yes, even by God Himself. All that’s needed are honesty and an open mind.

View these exciting online videos:

The Privileged Planet
Unlocking the Mystery of Life
“Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed” 

Helpful information on evolution vs. creation

Ida: The missing link at last?
Straight talk about Darwinian Evolution

Movie trailer for: “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed”


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