Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Theory of Evolution

The Theory of Evolution states that all life forms can trace their origins all the way to a single common ancestor that existed long ago. Put simply, that means that fish evolved into frogs and so on, except all creatures are evolutions of one creature. Uniformitarians believe in Evolution and the geological column. It is hard to believe that God created all creatures individually, though.

The geological column shows the time periods in earth history and how complicated the life forms became. It starts with simple life forms like bacteria and goes to trilobites, sea life, then dinosaurs and mammals.

To explain how creatures might evolve, let's look at humans. There are small differences between parent and offspring. We know that two right-handed parents can have a left-handed child, for example. Imagine these slight differences piling up until you have a totally different creature. This is how evolution might occur.

If the Theory of Evolution is true, we would expect to find intermediate links in the fossil record between animals, like a creature that is half-fish half-frog. This isn't the case. The very few links that have been found are highly questionable. Take the archaeopteryx. It is a bird with teeth - reptiles have teeth, but birds do not; and claws on it's wings - reptiles have claws, but birds don't have them on their wings. There are a few other unusual features, but the creature seems nothing more than a bird with a few special differences. This can be said about all intermediate links found in the fossil record. These links are fossils; we can't see evolution today because it takes millions, if not billions, of years.

If evolution were true, some creatures would no longer exist, like fish and frogs. Even though we can't see them changing we still would expect to see things that are half one creature and half another. However, we do not. This, to me, is the biggest problem with Uniformitarianism.

Written by Bookworm
December 14, 2010
punctuation edited by mom

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