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By Diogenes (articles ) | Apr 06, 2006

Evolutionary biologists are calling it a "fish with fingers" or (far more picturesque) "a fish that could do pushups." Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Tiktaalik roseae, a fossil that is being touted as perhaps a missing link in the fossil record: a creature that might have moved out of the seas onto land.

The Guardian breathlessly explains the significance of this find:

As such, it will be a blow to proponents of intelligent design, who claim that the many gaps in the fossil record show evidence of some higher power.

Wrong.

The "many gaps in the fossil record" (and thanks for that rare admission) don't demonstrate anything-- about intelligent design or any other theory. Gaps are not evidence. Gaps are the lack of evidence.

What the gaps in the fossil record show is that the theory of evolution is unproven. The evidence that could prove the theory is mysteriously unavailable. Maybe Tiktaalik roseae will plug one gap, but there are many more.

If the media devoted just half as much attention to the arguments against evolutionary theory as they now devote to arguments against intelligent design, stand-up comedians could coax a jaded audience to chuckle just by saying "Charles Darwin."

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  • Posted by: benedictusoblatus - Apr. 08, 2006 7:59 PM ET USA

    And your point?

  • Posted by: - Apr. 08, 2006 9:46 AM ET USA

    Really? When was the last time you spoke to one?

  • Posted by: benedictusoblatus - Apr. 07, 2006 5:43 PM ET USA

    Tex - are you kidding? Evolution isn't science, it is naked myth wearing the clothes of science. It can never be more than a hypothesis, because it can never be duplicated or confirmed. It can never be more than a lousy hypothesis because so much of our knowledge about the world makes "evolution by accident" simply impossible to take. Cell biology, genetics, biochemistry and statistics make the assertions of evolutionists simply laughable.

  • Posted by: Deacon Bart - Apr. 07, 2006 8:39 AM ET USA

    Evolution is not a theory! It makes no verifiable predictions so it is a hypothesis. Check any 1st yr science book for definitions. My unanswered challenge for any Darwinist is to pick an animal, go back 300 years & rigorously predict the way it is today. Can’t be done; ergo Darwinism is not a theory. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see this (I am one @ NASA's JSC) but it does take care with words. Anything is provable if I can define the words to suit myself. N.B. word use by dissidents.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 06, 2006 1:46 PM ET USA

    "Gaps are the lack of evidence." Spot on, Uncle Di.

  • Posted by: Abraham Tolemahcs - Apr. 06, 2006 1:39 PM ET USA

    I'll be waiting to see if this was reconstructed from several like fossils sort of like some of the hominid fossil bones, jaws etc. Evolution is still such a complete fraud that regardless of what these evolution proponents say about it there is still a gaping chasm between what they would like us to believe about evolution and what they can actually prove with facts vice conjecture and wishful thinking.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 06, 2006 12:03 PM ET USA

    Diogenes, you are really on the wrong side of this argument. You should spend time on something else yourself.

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