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April 10, 2006

Darwin's 'Missing Link'? -- Tiktaalik Raises Unanticipated Problems for Evolution

Scientists have recovered 375-million-year-old fossils of a shallow-water fish in sediments in the Canadian Arctic near the North Pole.

Evolutionary biologists believe that this creature, dubbed Tiktaalik roseae, documents the transition that animals made from the sea to land. Tiktaalik is being touted as one of the most important fossil finds in history—Darwin’s “missing link.”

However, not all scientists agree that Tiktaalik proves the case for evolution. One such scientist is internationally respected biochemist Fazale ‘Fuz’ Rana, PhD, a Christian origin-of-life researcher and Vice President at the science/faith think-tank, Reasons To Believe.

“If Tiktaalik is a transitional intermediate, it means that evolution from fish to land-dwelling animals must have happened in less than 10 million years.

“When evolutionary biologists claim that the transition from sea to land is that fast-paced,” argues Rana, “it raises very real questions about evolution as an explanation for life’s history, even if this fossil is regarded as the ‘holy grail’ of paleontology.

“Evolution couldn’t have happened that rapidly given the extensive biological changes needed for a creature to move from the water to land. Evolutionary biologists have made up their minds before they even examine the data,” Rana continues. “They are so convinced that evolution is a fact they are unwilling to carefully weigh the evidence.”

Dr. Fazale ‘Fuz’ Rana is the author of the books, Origins of Life and Who Was Adam?. In these books Dr. Rana, with astronomer Dr. Hugh Ross, makes the case that the origin of life and humanity stem from the work of a Creator. They also document numerous scientific problems with the theory of evolution.

“It’s apparent that Tiktaalik was well-suited to live in a shallow-water environment near the land’s edge. The biological characteristics that this creature needed to thrive in that environment are similar to those required to live on the land,” maintains Rana. “These shared features could just as easily reflect the work of a Creator who reused a mosaic of designs."

Source: Reasons to Believe

Posted by Blogorithm at April 10, 2006 09:41 AM

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