Scientists tweak method of determining species evolution

Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania have devised a method to help them more accurately figure out how species evolved over time [see New technique fills gaps in fossil record, ScienceDaily.com, 20 September 2011]. For years, the glaring gaps in the fossil record have made it difficult for them to back up their evolutionary theories.

Evolutionary scientists have been using a method known as phylogenetics to speculate how certain groups of animals evolved when no fossils exist to prove it. Phylogenetics involve using DNA of existing species along with inferences based on mathematics on how certain species are tied to species that are thought to be a common ancestor. However, this method ended up showing that the number of species is increasing by leaps and bounds and that extinction is rather rare. And therein lies the problem since clear scientific data in the fossil record and in existing species shows that the number of species is decreasing greatly over time and extinction is more common.

To alleviate this discrepancy, the University of Pennsylvania scientists are tweaking their phylogenetic formulas to include changes in the rates that new species appear (speciation) and to take into account that extinction can be more commonplace in the lineage of a group. They have tested their model on the fossil records of whales, porpoises, and dolphins which are more stable than other fossil records when they base their models on the estimation that these species have been around for about 35 million years.

But, as usual, this shows that evolutionists must make a host of assumptions for their results to say what they want–that their theory of evolution is true. As the cliche goes, when you make up one lie, you have to make up other lies to back it up and that’s what they do here. First of all, they assume the earth’s age is at least in the hundreds of millions of years. Then they look at a modern species and compare it with an earlier species and assume they are related based on assumed similarities.

So they start off on their scientific journey based on unfounded assumptions, then devise formulas based on those unfounded assumptions, then if their assumptions and speculations miss the mark, they tweak their speculative formulas based on more assumptions and continue to tweak until they get results to back up their unfounded assumptions. Then to top it all off, they give their whole body of work fancy scientific terms like “phylogenetics” to make it all sound so sophisticated and beyond the mental faculties of your average human when in actuality it’s all guesswork. And this is all for the sake of trying to solve the problem that there are no transitional fossils in existence to prove the macroevolution (that one kind of animal can evolve into another) they want so much to be true.

Such is the state of man when he refuses to believe what God has already said in his word and proven all over the heavens and the earth.

…keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: 1 Timothy 6:20

Source: New Technique Fills in Fossil Record. ScienceDaily.com, September 20, 2011.

–posted by Harry A. Gaylord–

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  1. The words of Jesus come to mind in this lengthy and weary debate over fossils and evolutionary theory (and other similar ‘dead’ and old debates)…”Let the dead bury the dead…” Matthew 8:22

    Human pride has always stood in the way of truth. God is a God of both the living and the dead. He is a God of relationship, not debates. His light shines in the darkness…and as it is written…the darkness does not comprehend. (John 1:5)

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