AiG on the
The list of
articles below includes (to my knowledge) all AiG articles about the Cambrian
explosion from 2014 and 2015.Most of them written by Elizabeth Mitchell.
Together they show how difficult it is for creationists to be honest about the
problems of their ’Theory’.
Darwin’s days, Scientists have recognized the Cambrian Explosion as a problem
to evolutionary theory.
problem is smaller now than in Darwin’s days, due to the find of the
Precambrian (Ediacaran) fauna, it is still a mystery why there is so little
evidence of multicellular animal life before the Cambrium.
face another problem: If the Cambrian (and Precambrian) fauna is actually only
a few thousand years old, why is it so strange? Where did all this wonderful
life go, and why is there nothing like bony or cartilaginous fish or other present day animals in
the Burgess Shale or the Chengjiang finds?
Some of the Cambrian animals are so strange that it took a while to work what
they were. For some species, like Anomalocaris, even recognizing different fossils as part of the
same animal was difficult. For others, like Halocigenia, the problem seemed to be what was front
and rear, up and down. For some species scientists are still uncertain of which phylum to put them in. Pikaia was originally considered a chordate, but should perhaps best be placed in the Hemichordata. How to to put Didazoon and Banffia into the system is still uncertain.
(Reference: Janvier, Nature (2015) 520: 483-489)
The lack of present day fish is highlighted by the presence of more primitive
vertebrates and invertebrate chordates. The Cambrian fish: Haikouella, Yunnanozoon, Metaspriggina, Haikouichthys and Myllokunmingia,
are all basal vertebrates, which mean that they do not belong any group of fish
living today (Lampreys, Hagfish, cartilaginous fish, ray-finned fish, lobe-finned
fish or lungfish)
Ediacaran fauna is even stranger. For most Ediacaran fossils, just to decide
which phylum they belong to has proven almost impossible (which is what you
would expect form an evolutionary point of view). Some species scientists has decided
to place in phylae that is now extinct.
the AiG creationists get to addressing (though not admitting) the problem, is
this comment by Andrew Snelling: ”The absence of certain creatures as fossils
at any particular level in the fossil record is not evidence that those
creatures didn’t exist at that time, just that they weren’t buried then.”
This is the greatest of understatements. This is not about ’certain creatures’
it is about all creatures. When you find that all the fossils in all the finds
are different from present day’s animals, you can conclude that the fauna was very
Articles on the Cambrian Explosion
One: Life’s unexpected explosion link
New Cambrian Explosion: Burgess Shale chapter two link
Explosion was the culmination of cascading causes, evolutionists claim link
Explosion or Creation week - Key to vertebrate success? link
Shale’s Cambrian fossils should change our view of evolution link
devise alternate theory for Cambrian explosion link
A tale of
shale and Oxygen in the explosion of life link
discovery in the Burgess Shale link
predator wore its brain out in front link
Articles On Ediacaran Fossils
life evolving in microfossils evolutionists say link
Early evolutionary ecosystems considered
There is a clear tendency to understate the problems the Ediacaran fauna pose to creationism.
Of the following Ediacaran animals only very few are even mentioned on the AiG webpage.
Funisia, Kimberella, Charnia, Spriggina, Yorgia, Ediacaria, Rugoconites, Pteridinium, Vendoglossa, Swartpuntia, Vernanimalcula, Parvancorina, Cloudina, Dickinsonia, Haootia.
Most of these have been impossible to fit into an existing phylum because they are too strange. Nothing like this lives today and no present day animals has been found as Ediacaran fossils.
Just as you would expect from evolution, contrary to what you would expect from creationism.