A report on the Science Daily web site dealt with an article published in the internet edition of the journal Nature Genetics and titled “Evolutionary Origin of Mammalian Gene Regulation Is over 150 Million Years Old”. (3 July 2008). The study, carried out by the SAVOIR research consortium including researchers from various universities and institutions used molecular analysis to investigate epigenetic mechanisms and genomic description.
The article offered the following definition of epigenetic mechanisms:
Epigenetic mechanisms are at the heart of developmental biology, orchestrating the formation of many different tissues and organs from a fertilised egg. Almost all cells in an individual have exactly the same genetic material, yet behave very differently depending on which organs they comprise. Epigenetic regulation enables the fine-tuning of our genes and their expression in different places at different times, leading to the amazing complexity we see in humans despite the relatively small number of unique genes.
It then went on to discuss genomic description:
. . . it is becoming clear that for some genes either the mother’s or the father’s version is used preferentially, a phenomenon known as genomic imprinting. . . In addition to parental modifications, it is thought that epigenetic changes may also arise in response to environmental factors, enabling an organism"s genes to adapt and respond differently, even though the gene sequence does not change.
The researchers, investigating the biochemical paths of these two molecular mechanisms and which growth factors they affect. However, they interpreted their findings within the framework of the supposed evolution of mammals and produced an entirely fictitious evolutionary scenario.
Mammals are divided into three separate groups – Monotremata (monotremes), Marsupialia (marsupials) and Eutheria (placentals). Molecular research shows that the above cited genomic mechanisms are not present in monotremes, though they are in placentals and marsupials. The researchers, who had espoused evolution as a dogma right from the very start, claim that these genomic mechanisms arose at a time when the placential and marsupial groups were supposedly evolving from the monotremes. They attempt to make this claim, for which they produce no evidence or findings, credible by using scientific terminology.
The fact is, however, that this is a fantasy invented by Darwinists from a need to interpret similarities in accordance with the requirements of the theory of evolution. There is in fact no evidence to suggest that mammals ever underwent such evolution. This is a myth being kept alive for purely dogmatic reasons. Examination of evolutionist reference sources reveals a stubborn silence regarding the origin of mammals. That is why the evolutionist palaeontologist Roger Lewin had to admit that “The transition to the first mammal . . . is still an enigma”. (Roger Lewin, "Bones of Mammals, Ancestors Fleshed Out", Science, Vol. 212, 26 June 1981, p. 1492)
George Gaylord Simpson, one of the most eminent evolutionary theoreticians of the 20th century and one of the founders of neo-Darwinist theory, expresses this fact that comes as such a shock in terms of the theory of evolution as follows:
The most puzzling event in the history of life on Earth is the change from theMesozoic, the Age of Reptiles, to the Age of Mammals. It is as if the curtain were rung down suddenly on the stage where all the leading roles were taken by reptiles, especially dinosaurs, in great numbers and bewildering variety, and rose again immediately to reveal the same setting but an entirely new cast, a cast in which the dinosaurs do not appear at all, other reptiles are supernumeraries, and all the leading parts are played by mammals of sorts barely hinted at in the preceding acts. (George Gaylord Simpson, Life Before Man, New York: Time-Life Books, 1972, p. 42.)
Coming from an evolutionist these expressions are effectively confessions. However, the point that evolutionists are reluctant to state openly is that there exists not one intermediate form fossil belonging to either mammals or other life forms from the previous age.
As we have seen, the fact that the genomic mechanisms investigated using this molecular research are present in some mammal groups but absent in monotremes represents no evidence for the theory of evolution. The idea of mammalian evolution is not based on any fossil record. We advise the Science Daily news portal editors to see that they can get nowhere with such fantasies and to cease portraying the evolutionary hypotheses they adopt as dogma as scientific evidence in favour of Darwinism.