Saturday, 8 September 2012
No Evolution for "230 Million Years" for Fly and Mite Trapped in Amber
Modern gall mites look like this. Image courtesy of Roger Griffith, via Wikipedia.
Darwinian evolution should be about change. However, fossils assumed to be hundreds of millions of years old often display little or no change.
A paper published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences provides the latest example of no evolution. A fly and two mites trapped in amber in northeastern Italy are the oldest arthropods ever discovered – and they look almost exactly like modern arthropods.
As reported by Science Daily, corresponding author David Grimaldi, a curator at the American Museum of Natural History, says:
“The ancient gall mites are surprisingly similar to ones seen today … You would think that by going back to the Triassic you'd find a transitional form of gall mite, but no… Even 230 million years ago, all of the distinguishing features of this family were there—a long, segmented body; only two pairs of legs instead of the usual four found in mites; unique feather claws, and mouthparts.”
While a lack of major changes is always a source of bewilderment for evolutionists, it is exactly what we would expect, if we trust the Genesis account of creation.
Oldest Occurrence of Arthropods Preserved in Amber: Fly, Mite Specimens Are 100 Million Years Older Than Previous Amber Inclusions. ScienceDaily (Aug. 27, 2012).