Thursday, December 09, 2010

Creationists are the new Ghost busters

Evolutionary science increasingly believes in the supernatural. How can evolutionary science then be “scientific”?

For example, evolutionists believe in “ghost lineages”, which they conjure up to explain puzzling gaps in the fossil record. Commenting on the implications of finding tetrapod tracks “18 million years” earlier than expected, authors of a Nature study stated, “This forces us to infer much longer ghost lineages for tetrapods and elpistostegids [lobe-finned fish] than the body fossil record suggests.” 1

A particular animal might appear near the bottom of the record, be absent for many strata, then reappear far above the first layer. In some cases, the upper specimen is found first, then another much lower down. Sometimes a lower-layer fossil is surprisingly discovered still alive!

The enigma of ghost lineages is solved when the rock record is decoupled from belief in millions of years. Some of the same kinds of organisms may have been inundated and fossilized earlier in the year of the Great Flood, with others fossilized a little later on. Large hiatuses in the fossil record are no mystery if all these creatures lived at the same time, as the Genesis record states.

References (selected)

1. Nied´zwiedzki, G. et al. 2010. Tetrapod trackways from the early Middle Devonian period of Poland. Nature. 463 (7277): 43-48.

(Frank Sherwin, M.A., Acts & Facts, December 2010, Institute of Creation Research)

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