Tiktaalik

Speaking of transitional fossils, a newsworthy item i missed while on leave was the momentous discovery of Tiktaalik roseae, which is important not only because it is a transitional form between fish and tetrapods, but also because the place and era of its discovery was predicted by paleontologists. Pharyngula has followed this story in a fair amount of detail here, here, and here.

Naturally, the Discovery Institute is scrabbling to explain why transitional fossils don’t exist, why evolutionists have never found a transitional fossil, why this isn’t a transitional fossil, and why even if it is a transitional fossil it doesn’t hurt creationism anyway. In the process, they are only showing how poor their understanding of biology really is. Don’t take my word for it, read PZ’s articles above. He does a very good job of ripping them a new one, especially in the second article.

Suffice to say, the science vs. intelligent design scoreboard has not changed.

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