Two billion years of non-evolution found, according to UCLA news release 2 February 2015 and PNAS doi: 10.1073/pnas.1419241112. A team of researchers have found fossils of filamentous microbes in the Duck Creek Formation in Western Australia, dated as 1,800-million-years old. According to their summary in PNAS the microbes are “essentially identical both to a fossil community 500 million years older and to modern microbial biotas discovered off the coast of South America in 2007”.
The news release begins with the following paragraph: “An international team of scientists has discovered the greatest absence of evolution ever reported — a type of deep-sea microorganism that appears not to have evolved over more than 2 billion years. But the researchers say that the organisms’ lack of evolution actually supports Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution”. (emphasis in original)
According to the director of UCLA’s Center for the Study of Evolution and the Origin of Life J. William Schopf, “The rule of biology is not to evolve unless the physical or biological environment changes, which is consistent with Darwin”. He went on to explain: “These microorganisms are well-adapted to their simple, very stable physical and biological environment. If they were in an environment that did not change but they nevertheless evolved, that would have shown that our understanding of Darwinian evolution was seriously flawed”.
Editorial Comment: The evolutionists certainly want to have things both ways – if living things change, it’s proof of evolution; if they don’t change, it is still proof of evolution!
Schof’s comment exposes a fundamental flaw in Darwin’s theory, i.e. the claim that changes in the environment cause living things to evolve into new and different life forms.
But let us speak plainly about what these fossil microbes reveal. If fossil microbes are the same as other fossil microbes, irrespective of what age they are claimed to be, and are the same as living microbes, face up to it – they have not evolved in any way, regardless of what theory of evolution you use!
The only correct thing Darwin would have said about these microbes is that they are “living fossils”. Darwin coined this term for organisms whose living and fossil examples are the same. However, he didn’t think this through. Living fossils are evidence against evolution, and are positive evidence that living things multiply after their kind, just as Genesis says. (Ref. microbiology, bacteria)
For many more examples of living fossils see the Creation Research article A World Full of Living Fossils. PDF here.
Evidence News vol. 15, No. 2
25 February 2015
Creation Research Australia