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02-01-2013, 02:04 AM
RE: If evolution is true...
First of all, evolution could be true AND there could be a god. Evolution might just be god's tool for creation. It's like he's playing a really complex game of Spore. Just because one of those things might be true (at least presuppositionally) doesn't mean the other thing must be false.

And, as others have pointed out, evolution is real, it happens all the time, it has happened since life began. There is no doubt of this. The only questions remain about the exact details of what evolved into what, and at what time - we have many of those details, but not all.

As to answering those questions, others have already done so, but to add more to the second answer, it seems as if many people who have never truly understood evolution seem to think it happens on the spot. Instantly. Maybe even partially. Like one day a cow might give birth to a chicken. Or a half-chicken-half-cow. Or craziest of all, a cow might just be grazing in a field and suddenly in morphs into a half-chicken-half-cow. It's all totally nonsense, of course. Evolution is a long, slow, gradual process. Every child resembles its parents, biologically. There really is no such thing as a "transitional species" because everything that has ever lived is a transitional species, including the every human alive right now. So, really, "transitional species" = "species" in the same way that "wet water" = "water" - just eliminate the redundant adjective.

So maybe what the questioner(s) meant to ask was "where is the species that has vestigial features of it's ancestors while also have precursor features of its descendants?" Well, that's more like it. We have found some such creatures. My favorite to show off is Tiktaalik. Google it. It's a good read. A team of paleontologists figured out where to find a transitional fish, one with fishy gills and also legs. One that could be the (a) missing link between fish and land animals. Technically, they could be anywhere, but only certain types of soils, ground, etc., were likely to preserve it, or most likely, and those soils are buried pretty deep, except in a few areas where just the right layers of soils are exposed to make the search easier, so they scoured the world and found the best spot and then spent years searching for it, and finally they found it, right where science predicted it would be. Since then, lots of other groups have found more of them (which rules out hoaxes). If there is one perfect example of what most people mean by "transitional fossil" then Tiktaalik has got to be it.

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If evolution is true... - Adenosis - 01-01-2013, 09:43 PM
RE: If evolution is true... - Peterkin - 01-01-2013, 10:05 PM
RE: If evolution is true... - Adenosis - 01-01-2013, 10:25 PM
RE: If evolution is true... - Grassy Knoll - 01-01-2013, 10:30 PM
RE: If evolution is true... - Peterkin - 01-01-2013, 10:30 PM
RE: If evolution is true... - Phaedrus - 01-01-2013, 10:26 PM
RE: If evolution is true... - Adenosis - 01-01-2013, 10:51 PM
RE: If evolution is true... - kim - 01-01-2013, 11:29 PM
RE: If evolution is true... - Misanthropik - 03-01-2013, 05:08 PM
RE: If evolution is true... - Adenosis - 03-01-2013, 07:30 PM
RE: If evolution is true... - Vosur - 01-01-2013, 11:29 PM
RE: If evolution is true... - Aseptic Skeptic - 02-01-2013 02:04 AM
RE: If evolution is true... - Adenosis - 08-01-2013, 12:41 AM
RE: If evolution is true... - Adenosis - 08-01-2013, 03:07 PM
RE: If evolution is true... - kingschosen - 02-01-2013, 09:47 AM
RE: If evolution is true... - cjs - 04-01-2013, 01:08 PM
RE: If evolution is true... - Human Being - 04-01-2013, 01:24 PM
RE: If evolution is true... - kim - 04-01-2013, 02:01 PM
Re: RE: If evolution is true... - ClydeLee - 04-01-2013, 02:24 PM
RE: If evolution is true... - Hafnof - 05-01-2013, 09:40 AM
RE: If evolution is true... - Adenosis - 05-01-2013, 06:12 PM
RE: If evolution is true... - Hobbitgirl - 08-01-2013, 06:01 PM
RE: If evolution is true... - Anjele - 08-01-2013, 05:50 PM
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