Thursday, April 06, 2006

Cool New Fossil

The Post reports on the discovery of a fossil of an interesting animal that shows characteristics of different known animals. I love dinosaurs, and you can add this to the list of "cool extinct animals." I am also a big fan of alligators, so this one is especially fun.

I will comment later on the impact of this on macroevolutionary theory. In the meantime, if you want to know how people who are serious skeptics of the theory may view it, you can read Phillip Johnson's discussion of Archaeopteryx on pp. 80-81 of Darwin On Trial, and at other points in that book (listed in the index). If you don't own this book already, now is a good time to get it. His chapter "The Fossil Problem" helps put this in perspective.

One other bit of good news: this fossil is not likely to be deemed unconstitutional like the less fortunate Opabinia and Anomalocaris.


At April 06, 2006 11:21 AM, Blogger Mr. Justice said...

Glad you're on top of this. I'll be looking forward to your article.

It's beyond me why the macro-evolution fundies go nuts every time they find a new kind of animal fossil. Merely knowing that such an animal existed is not proof that it ever had any kids, nor is it proof that it ever was anything but its own, unique species. They hilariously already know what it looked like, what it ate, and how old it is, just by looking at its fossilized bones. What the frig?

How does this prove anything other than that we found a dead pile of bones?


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