Monday, 24 March 2014

Ferns – No Change for 180 Million Years

Joel Kontinen

Evolutionists are fond of telling us that evolution means change over time. However, much more is needed to turn an amoeba into an astrophysicist than just slight changes once every million years or so.

And what is even worse, some animals and plants tend to resist change. A recent example is the cinnamon fern, featured in last week’s Science:

“Fossilization processes tend to destroy fine-cell structure but, exceptionally, Bomfleur et al. (p. 1376) have found examples of fossil ferns from the Jurassic in which subcellular structures, including organelles such as nuclei and chromosomes, are well-preserved. Comparative and quantative analyses show that these cells closely resemble the fossil nuclei of extant cinnamon ferns, Osmundastrum cinnamomea, which indicates that this group of ferns has remained virtually unchanged for 180 million years.”


Cytologically Informative Fossils. Science 343 (6177), 21 March 2014.