14 April 2010

The missing link

Recently, scientists used Google Earth to find new fossil sites in the Cradle of Humankind. Two of those hominid fossils come before any Homo- species, and a recent Discovery News article says they're the "missing link".

But there are many problems with the article: first, the missing link argument is a terrible argument. When a "missing link" is found, it really only creates two more "missing links", to infinity. To solve the missing link problem, scientists would have to find an infinite number of "transition species".

But, according to evolution, every species is a transition species. And evolution is not linear: it's like a tree. The Discovery article implies these new fossils are the direct ancestors of Homo Sapiens, and that there's one line of direct lineage. There is not.

What can we learn from this? The missing link argument is basically worthless, hominid fossils do exist, and the theory of evolution is a fitting explanation for them.

God created the Heavens and the earth, and he breathed into man the breath of life - that much is certain to me. Science and the Bible must be in agreement: God created them both. I just don't know where the agreement is right now.

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