The Fossil Record Proves Evolution. Right?

No. The fossil record provides no evidence for macroevolution.

Scientists suggest there is evidence for macroevolution. They point to the fossil record. They argue we have transitional forms. These are intermediate fossils that demonstrate gradual change from one type of species to another. Scientists hold up examples like Archaeopteryx. Maybe you’ve seen this lizard-like-bird fossil in your biology book (if not, google it). Supposedly, it’s a transitional form between lizards and birds. But there’s a major problem with transitional forms in general.

A few potential transitional examples here and there are not enough. Evolutionists need a lot more. Darwin said so himself in Origin of the Species. “The number of intermediate and transitional links, between all living and extinct species, must have been inconceivably great (emphasis mine).” In other words, if Darwin’s theory is true we should find tons of transitional forms in the fossil record. But we don’t.

Take Archaeopteryx as an example. Where are the “inconceivably great” number of fossils showing the evolution from lizard to Archaeopteryx? Don’t have them. And where are the “inconceivably great” number of fossils showing the evolution from Archaeopteryx to bird? Don’t have them either. The fossil record should show how you get all the way from lizard to bird. Only one fossil? C’mon. In fact, many scientists today consider Archaeopteryx nothing more than an extinct species of bird. Yeah, maybe it’s a weird-looking animal but so is the duck-billed platypus. And nobody considers it a transitional form between ducks and beavers.

But don’t take my word for it. Ask a paleontologist, the scientists who study the fossil record. Better yet, ask one of the world’s leading paleontologists, Niles Eldredge. When it comes to paleontology, Niles is a rock star. He says the fossil record has produced no evidence of transitional forms. In a moment of honesty, Niles writes that it is no surprise “paleontologists shied away from evolution for so long. It never seems to happen.”

No gradual changes from one type of species to another in the fossil record. No “inconceivably great” number of transitional forms. No, the fossil record is not evidence of macroevolution.

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Brett Kunkle