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LIFE FROM IMPACTS?

The origin of life continues to occupy the minds of many secular  scientists. According to Science Daily (17th November 2016), scientists studying the Chicxulub impact crater in the Gulf of Mexico “have shown how large asteroid impacts deform rocks in a way that may produce habitats for early life.” Test drillings have shown that an impact — claimed to have happened 65 million years ago — deformed the rocks, making them porous. “Porous rocks provide niches for simple organisms to take hold, and there would also be nutrients available in the pores, from circulating water that would have been heated inside the Earth's crust. Early Earth was constantly bombarded by asteroids, and the team have inferred that this bombardment must have also created other rocks with similar physical properties. This may partly explain how life took hold on Earth.”

COMMENT: Porous rocks may well “provide niches for simple organisms to take hold”, but unless life was already present, true, observable science knows of no way that “simple organisms” can arise from non-living matter. The problem remains.


STICK-IN-THE MUD HAD IMAGINARY FEATHERS

LiveScience (10th November 2016) reported the discovery of a fossil of a “bird-like” dinosaur in China. “More than 66 million years ago, a feathered dinosaur with two skinny legs and a bony crest on top of its head got mired in the mud, likely putting up a mighty struggle before dying and eventually fossilizing… The donkey-size dinosaur, known as an oviraptorid, was preserved nearly intact, and found lying on its chest with its neck and wings outstretched.” The report included a picture (right) of a feathered creature “stuck in mud and trying to get out.”

COMMENT: A careful reading of the scientific reports reveals that no feathers were found with this fossil; feathers were only inferred! So calling this creature a “feathered dinosaur” is extremely misleading, if not down-right dishonest. As for being stuck in the mud, maybe it was buried at the onset of the Flood.


THE ‘IMPOSSIBLE’ TOMATILLO FOSSIL

Science News (5th January 2017) reported the discovery of fossils of “the oldest tomatillo plants” — members of the nightshade family — in  Patagonia in rocks dated at “52 million years old.” Previously scientists had believed that these plants (like those on the left)  arose around 10 million years ago. “Each fossil preserves the delicate, tissue-paper-like sheath that typically covers a tomatillo’s central berry, like a candle inside a paper lantern. In one fossil, evidence of a berry (now turned to coal) still remains.” Palaeotologist Peter Wilf said.“This is like an impossible fossil. That you could preserve something this delicate — this little papery structure. It’s unheard of.” This discovery suggests “that the nightshade family originated millions of years earlier than scientists had suspected.”

COMMENT: What is “impossible” is that such delicate things could survive for 52 million years. But whatever their age, these fossils clearly demonstrate that there has been no evolution.


MANY MOONS’ THEORY

There have been many theories to explain the origin of our moon. One of the most popular being that a Mars-sized object collided with the earth, knocking out a huge chunk which became the moon. Science News (9th January 2017) reported a new theory. “In this scenario, the early Earth was hit by a series of objects a hundredth to a tenth of Earth’s mass. Each impact could have created a disk of debris around Earth that assembled into a moonlet, the researchers’ simulations show. Over tens of millions of years, about 20 moonlets could have ultimately combined to form the moon.” They say this explains why the earth and moon have similar chemical compositions.

COMMENT: This latest theory suffers from the same disadvantage as previous ones: no human observers were present. Many scientists believe the rings of Saturn are debris from larger objects that broke up, so why would debris from a collision of mini-moons stick together to form a larger body? Our moon is essential to life on earth and its size and distance from us are crucial. This suggests purposeful creation not an accidental collision of “mini-moons.”


OUR GREAT-GREAT… GRANDAD?

According to the Daily Mail (31st January 2017) “Scientists have discovered our oldest known ancestor… It is a microscopic, bag-like sea creature which lived about 540 million years ago.” This fossil (right), discovered in China, is less than 1mm wide and “lived in grains of sand on the seabed.”

COMMENT: Words such as “thought to be”, “may have”, “perhaps” and “probably” were used through the report, which was accompanied by a highly misleading and factually incorrect chart purporting to show a collection of our supposed ancestors. The fact is there is no evidence to connect this tiny creature with ourselves. We are created in the image of God, not the descendants of a microscopic creature that crawled in the sand of an ancient seabed.


LATEST ORIGIN OF SPEECH THEORY

According to a report in Metro (9th February 2017) “Kisses and squeaks made by orangutans are shedding light on the evolution of language. Scientists who spent years studying the communication calls of our closest ape relatives claim their findings reveal a great deal about the origin of human speech. The way orangutans purse their lips and make ‘consonant-like’ sounds with varying meanings could be an indicator of our ancestors’ early speech.”

COMMENT: Despite this speculation, apes will never truly speak like humans, because they don’t have the speech centre in the brain, which is unique to humans. Interestingly, parrots — which evolutionists don’t regard as our close relatives — can not only mimic human speech but actually understand what they are saying. But even parrots will never be able to match our language skills, which were bestowed by God, and originally used by Adam to talk to God before he had anyone else to communicate with.

•For a fuller critique see answersingenesis.org/human-evolution/what-makes-us-human/can-orangutans-talk-like-humans


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