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There should be billions of transitional fossils (Talk.Origins)

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This article (There should be billions of transitional fossils (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 CC200.1:

Given all the species that exist and have existed, there should be billions of transitional fossils in the fossil record; we should have found tens of thousands at least.


CreationWiki response:

While Talk.Origins gives several excuses for it, they show that the essence of this claim is correct. In all their reply, they have missed the real point, that the types of transitional fossils needed to objectively show that evolution has occurred are in fact missing when they should be abundant enough that some should have turned up. What is needed to make an objective case for evolution are transitions between major structures. But they don't exist.

(Talk.Origins quotes in blue)

6. If fossilization were so prevalent and young-earth creationism were true, we should find indications in the fossil record of animals migrating from the Ark to other continents.

While Talk.Origins' other points do not need an individual response this point does.

1. It may be that indications of animals migrating from the Ark have been found in the fossil record, but not recognized by evolutionists. If such indications exist, it is likely that evolutionists would miss it or misinterpret it in some evolutionary manner.

  • A good example of this can be found in the genetic evidence for the migration from Babel after the destruction of its infamous tower. Genetic data collected by National Geographic shows clear evidence of human migration from Babel, including not only the exact Y-chromosome lines of Noah's three son's but of the Mitochondrial lines of their three wives as well. Not only that, there is also evidence that the split occurred from modern day Iraq. The evolutionists at National Geographic totally missed this interpretation of their data, but rather started it in Africa based on evolutionary assumptions.

2. Talk.Origins is ignoring the time factor. According to evolutionists the theoretical transitions took millions of years, with sizable populations. On the other hand, the initial migration of animals from the Ark would have been of small family groups over at most hundreds of years. Also, most of these animals would have been longer-lived than their modern descendants, thus providing even less opportunity for fossilization.