Can Scientists Prove That All Forms Of Life Came From One Original Cell? -- By: Anonymous
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Can Scientists Prove
That All Forms Of Life
Came From One Original Cell?
No. Although this idea is illustrated often with a theoretical “tree of life” pattern, it cannot be proven with any evidence.
No one claims to “see” evolution happening today - “it takes too long.” [Fruit fly and pepper moth experiments are irrelevant. With them, although changes occur within the species, the species do not change in the slightest - and the latter is what evolution is supposed to be all about.]
Originally it was presumed that “missing links” would be found among the billions of fossils being examined by scientists. Over one hundred years ago, Charles Darwin said in Origin of Species (Collier, 1962, p. 168), “As by this theory innumerable transitional forms must haw existed, why do we not find them imbedded in countless numbers in the crust of the earth?... I will here only state that I believe the answer mainly lies in the record being incomparably less perfect than is generally supposed [that is, not enough fossils have been studied yet].” To continue (p. 308), “Why then is not every geological formation and every stratum full of such intermediate links?.., this, perhaps, is the most serious and obvious objection which can be urged against the theory.” (our emphasis)
But now it is crystal clear that there are NO intermediate fossil forms. Evolutionary philosopher D.B. Kitts said (Evolution, Vol. 28, 1974, p. 467), “Despite the bright promise that paleontology (fossil studies) provides a means of ‘seeing’ evolution, it has presented some nasty difficulties for evolutionists, the most notorious of which is the presence of ‘gaps’ in the fossil record. Evolution requires intermediate forms between species and paleontology does not provide them.”
Thus there is today a radically different, new theory of evolution! Darwinism (slow, gradual evolution) has been shown to be devoid of any proof. However, instead of
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therefore rejecting evolution as good scientists should, many still “believe” in it (literally “by faith’).
This new theory called “punctuated equilibrium” uses the lack of evidence for evolution as the proof for it! The meaning of “punctuated equilibrium” can be seen in the following quotation (Newsweek, 11/3/80), “Evidence from the fossil record now points overwhelmingly away from the classical Darwinism which most Americans learned in high school.., scientists now believe that species change little for million of years [equilibrium] and then evolve quickly, in a kind of quant...
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