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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Nectocaris appears in "the geological blink of an eye" - evolutionary biologist

In "Reinterpreting Nectocaris as a little Kraken", British physicist David Tyler reflects on new findings about just how swiftly the octopus family appeared, as Nectocaris demonstrates:
Since the studied samples all come from the Middle Cambrian Burgess Shale Formation, Nectocaris "extends the cephalopods' fossil record by over 30 million years".

"The findings make the ancestors of modern squid and octopuses at least 30 million years older. Evolutionary biologist Martin Smith, the main author of the study, told PA news agency that the findings bring cephalopods much closer to the first appearance of complex animals. "We go from very simple pre-Cambrian life-forms to something as complex as a cephalopod in the geological blink of an eye, which illustrates just how quickly evolution can produce complexity," said Mr Smith."


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The above quote from Martin Smith illustrates both the significance for the Cambrian Explosion and the conundrum the evidence provides for evolutionary theory. The problem is that everything occurs "in the geological blink of an eye" - whether it be the origins of the phyla with radically different body plans, or whether it be the origins of different classes within a phylum (such as the origin of cephalopods within the mollusca).
The problem here is that the evolutionary biologists mean "random evolution", which obviously does not account for this speed. Meanwhile,
Cephalopods are not like other molluscs.

Anything but sluggish, they are capable of instant and rapid movement. Far from being mindless filterers or grazers, they are active predators possessing the most advanced nervous system known among invertebrates. Their brain-to-body ratio exceeds that of most vertebrates (although we have not been smart enough to figure out exactly how smart they are). They are masters of camouflage, changing shape, surface pattern, texture and colour in the blink of an eye - and they do have good eyes. When threatened, they escape by means of a built-in hydro jet that can even send them squirting through the air like little rockets on a tail of water."

For more, go here.

The fundamental problem now is that "evolution" is becoming indistinguishable from creation. Darwinian evolutionists appear in no hurry to face up to it.

Note: The image is from Citron.

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