The First Missing Link Found – Again
With a regularity that you could at least set your calendar to, evolutionists have found for the first time that long sought after missing link – again. If the issue weren’t so serious it would be comical. Every few years evolutionists announce with great fan fare that they have finally found a transitional creature. The announcement in the April 6, 2006 edition of the journal Nature tells of the discovery of some fossil fish in the Canadian Arctic. The fossils had all of the attributes of fish but “on closer examination, the scientists found telling anatomical traits of a transitional creature, a fish that is still a fish but has changes that anticipate the emergence of land animals" (emphasis added). So how does blind, random chance anticipate anything? What they found was one of the many strange sea creatures made extinct by the Genesis Flood. A creature that evolutionists can point to with physical characteristics that they can interpret as transitional features. This happens every few years with one of the most infamous examples being a fish called coelacanth.
The coelacanth was a fish that was declared both extinct and a transitional creature. Evolutionists declared it extinct because they had found no fossils of it in the rock layers that they claimed were laid down in the last 70 million years. They also said that it was a transitional creature because they claimed its fins were clearly in the process of changing into legs. All of this was presented as established scientific fact, until coelacanths were found alive and thriving in the Indian Ocean. The evolutionists just hadn’t looked in the right place. The discovery of living coelacanths not only took them out of the extinct category, but also caused them to be dropped as transitional creatures when examination of the living fish found that their fins were just fins and weren’t turning into anything else.
Every few years this kind of publicity is used in an attempt to blunt Creationist criticisms of evolutionist storytelling. How effective Creationists have been in pointing out the many weaknesses of evolutionist storytelling as well as the real reason for this article can be seen in the last paragraph of the announcement. “Other scientists said that in addition to confirming elements of a major transition in evolution, the fossils were a powerful rebuttal to religious creationists, who have long argued that the absence of such transitional creatures are a serious weakness in Darwin’s theory.” The absence of transitional creatures is still a serious weakness in Darwin’s theory. The fish fossil that was found had features, that in the evolutionist’s own words, were simply interpreted as “anticipating” the emergence of land animals. Only people who are both worried and desperate would pretend that their interpretations are actually scientific fact. Evolutionists see the tide of both public and scientific opinion turning against them. They know that if the current trend keeps up their carefully constructed house of cards will collapse. So expect to see more of these overblown non-stories appearing as well as more direct attacks on Creation and Creationists.