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April 6, 2006

Evidence of Evolution?

Just discovered fossils of a giant fish with proto-limbs -- a "missing link" between fish and land animals -- certainly deepen understanding of evolution. But have intelligent design/creationist arguments received so much attention in the United States recently that these fossils need to be seen as further evidence of the truth of the theory of evolution (as if this theory is wanting in proof). Apparently yes. This is paragraph five of the lead story in the New York Times today:

Other scientists said that in addition to confirming elements of a major transition in evolution, the fossils were a powerful rebuttal to religious creationists, who have long argued that the absence of such transitional creatures are a serious weakness in Darwin's theory.

Indeed, while this is certainly an interesting and important story, it would probably not be the lead story if this religious foolishness had not received so much attention.

Posted by Mitchell Stephens at April 6, 2006 9:55 AM


Hardcore fundies won't read past the first sentence.

Scientists have discovered fossils of a 375-million-year-old fish

They will then point out that even the evil-darwininian-atheist-materialist scientists admit it was still just a fish!

These people won't be satisfied until we invent practical time travel, and even then some will simply decry it the devil's trickery.

Posted by: Todd Sayre at April 6, 2006 5:15 PM

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