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There are no fossil ancestors of insects (Talk.Origins)

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This article (There are no fossil ancestors of insects (Talk.Origins)) is a response to a rebuttal of a creationist claim published by Talk.Origins Archive under the title Index to Creationist Claims.


Claim CC220.1:

Insect fossils appear in abundance, but the record of insect origins is completely blank.

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CreationWiki response: (Talk.Origins quotes in blue)

1. Insect fossils before the major diversification of insects (in the Carboniferous) are far from abundant. Insects are believed, from genomic data, to have originated near the beginning of the Silurian, but the first two hexapod fossils are from Rhynie chert, about 396-407 Mya. As of 2004, only two other insect fossils were known from the Devonian. Two of these fossils consist only of mandibles, and another is a crushed head. In short, the first eighty-five million years of the history of insects is preserved in only four fossils, three of them quite fragmentary. With such a scarcity of fossils, the lack of fossils showing the origins of insects is unremarkable.

When the Talk.Origins response is stripped of its excuses it is nothing short of an admission that the claim is 100 percent correct.