April 5, 2006
Yep, those "Darwinian Gaps" them Fundies are crying about, wind up showing up more and more with each and every fossil find, yuppims. I like this particular find because it comes from the Great White North, and I know, that as a member of Ontario blogs, that I have a quasi-commitment, to have some Canadian content every now and then.
This particular find occurred in the Canadian Arctic and it is extremely important because, "fossil records showed a gap between Panderichthys, a fish that lived about 385 million years ago which shows early signs of evolving land-friendly features, and Acanthostega, the earliest known tetrapod (four-limbed land-living animals) dating from about 365 million years ago." This pre-Canadian creature, the Tiktaalik Roseae(sounds like a wine), was predicted, and voila, was finally found.
'The creature shares some characteristics with a fish; it has fins with webbing, and scales on its back.
But it also has many features in common with land animals. It has a flat crocodile-like head with eyes positioned on top and the beginnings of a neck - something not seen in fish.
"When we look inside the fin, we see a shoulder, we see an elbow, and we see an early version of a wrist, which is very similar to that of all animals that also walk on land," said palaeontologists Professor Neil Shubin, from the University of Chicago.
The scientists think the creature lived in the shallows
"Essentially we have an animal that is built to support itself on the ground."
The scientists believe the position of the creature's eyes suggest it probably lived in shallow water.'
Update (thanks to an anonymous reader):
A short video of the findings can be found here.
Isn't science wonderful. Here we have a theory called evolution, and a find is made.
And the find fits in perfectly with what the theory predicted. Of course, the literal bible made no such prediction or even prophecy about this find.
OK, lets ask the three top Fundy scientists about the find:
Professor Hearn Oevil: "Those bones can't be more than 6000 years old, just look at them. Anything older than that of course didn't exist, because God didn't create diddly until then. But scientifically speaking, anything 6000 years old would be dust by now, the fact it aint dust means it can't be too old."
Professor Seeno Evil: "What a wonderful carved stone you have there. Must have been done by one of those Nanookian Eskimos you got up there in Canada. Great work, I didn't even know they had the tools to carve those things."
Professor Spea Knoevil: "Ah, you found another relic that God put on this glorious planet when he created it around 6000 years ago. Just like all the oil He put in the ground so that we can drive our cars all the way to heaven when the Rapture comes. I don't know for sure, because God works in mysterious ways, but I think He put all these so called fossils on this earth so that we wouldn't have that much traffic on Rapture day. Only us pure Christians get to drive to heaven. God bless you, I will pray for your soul."