Chapter 8. Evolutionists' Confessions Regarding the Sudden Emergence of Life
Investigation of the geological strata and the fossil record shows that life on Earth emerged all of a sudden. The deepest stratum in which fossils of living things are encountered is that known as the Cambrian, dating back 520 to 530 million years.
The fossils in Cambrian rocks belong to radically different life forms. What comes as a terrible disappointment to evolutionists is that all of these species emerged suddenly and with no primitive forerunners preceding them.
Most of the life forms in Cambrian strata possess complex systems, such as eyes, gills and blood circulatory systems, and often, advanced physiological features no different from those of creatures living today. This is a sign that all of life was created in a single act, with no common ancestors or evolutionary process being involved.
Darwin warned that if such a possibility were ever proven-that life began suddenly-it would represent a lethal blow to this theory. As can be seen from the evolutionist statements below, the theory of evolution suffers the first of many such blows from the Cambrian fossils, among the earliest forms of life.
As the Harvard paleontologist and evolutionist Stephen Jay Gould has said, Darwinists’ greatest alarm stems from the fossil record, and particularly from Cambrian fossils:
Niles Eldredge is a paleontologist at Harvard University:
Daniel Axelrod is professor of geology and botany at the University of California:
Barbara Jaffe Stahl is an evolutionist paleontology professor and senior faculty member at Saint Anselm College, Manchester:
Richard Monastersky is senior writer at The Chronicle of Higher Education in Washington:
Richard Dawkins is a British zoologist and one of the leading contemporary evolutionists:
Stephen Jay Gould is professor of geology and paleoanthropology at Harvard University:
American paleobiologist J. William Schopf:
According to Berkeley paleontologist James Valentine and his colleagues:
David M. Raup is a paleontologist at the University of Chicago:
Niles Eldredge is curator in the division of paleontology of the American Museum of Natural History:
From a pro-Darwinist text book:
Ernst Mayr was one of the leading evolutionary biologists of the twentieth century:
Marshall Kay is a geologist and professor at Columbia University and Edwin H. Colbert is an authority on paleontology and curator at the American Museum of Natural History:
Of course the absence of any fossils in rocks older than the Cambrian is baffling to Darwinists, because this is one of the most obvious and certain pieces of evidence that no such fictitious process as evolution ever happened. A Darwinist can deny it all he likes, but he will definitely have seen the invalidity of evolution in the face of this clear and magnificent evidence. Indeed, the way that Charles Doolittle Walcott, a paleontologist and founder of the Simthsonian Institute and who first discovered Cambrian fossils, panicked in the face of this clear evidence that totally undermined evolution and kept these fossils hidden away for seventy years is manifest confirmation of this. (For detailed information, see The Cambrian That Darwin Did Not Understand, by Harun Yahya)
155- Stephen J. Gould, The Panda's Thumb, 1980, p. 238-239
156- Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species: A Facsimile of the First Edition, Harvard University Press, 1964, p. 302.
157- Ibid., pp. 313-14.
158- N. Eldredge, The Monkey Business: A Scientist Looks at Creationism (1982), p. 44.
159- Niles Eldredge, Reinventing Darwin: The Great Debate at the High Table of Evolutionary Theory, John Wiley & Sons, 1995, p. 95
160- D. Axelrod, Science, 128.7, 1958
161- Barbara J. Stahl, Vertebrate History: Problems in Evolution, New York: Dover Publications, 1985, p. vii
162- Richard Monastersky, "Mysteries of the Orient," Discover, April 1993, p. 40
163- Richard Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker, W. W. Norton, London, 1986, p. 229.
164- Stephen Jay Gould, "A Short Way to Big Ends", Natural History, vol. 95 (Jan 1986), p. 18
165- Stephen Jay Gould, "The Evolution of Life on Earth", Scientific American, vol. 271 (October 1994), p. 89
166- J. William Schopf, "The early evolution of life: solution to Darwin's dilemma," Trends in Ecology and Evolution 9 (1994): 375-377.
167- James W. Valentine, Stanley M. Awramik, Philip W. Signor & M. Sadler, "The Biological Explosion at the Precambrian-Cambrian Boundary," Evolutionary Biology 25 (1991): 279-356.
168- David M Raup, “On the early origins of major biologic groups,” Paleobiology, Spring 1983, p. 107.
169- Niles Eldredge, quoted in Darwin's Enigma: Fossila and Other Problems by Luther D. Sunderland, Master Book Publishers, Santee, California, 1988, p 45
170- Eldredge, N., 1989, Macro-Evolutionary Dynamics: Species, Niches, and Adaptive Peaks McGraw-Hill Publishing Company, New York, p. 22
171- Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species: A Facsimile of the First Edition, Harvard University Press, 1964, p. 350-351.
172- R.S.K. Barnes, P. Calow and P.J.W. Olive, The Invertebrates: A New Synthesis, pp. 9–10, 3rd ed., Blackwell Sci. Publications, 2001.
173- Ernst Mayr: What Evolution Is, pg. 189 (Basic Books, 2001).
174- Kay, Marshall, and Edwin H. Colbert, Stratigraphy and Life History, 1965, 736 pp. 102-103