Petrified sex found, as described in ScienceShots and ScienceDaily 6 November 2013 and Nature News 7 November 2013. Palaeontologists in China have found the fossils of two froghoppers mating. Froghoppers are small insects that hop about on plants. The fossils are very well preserved, showing the detailed structure of their segmented abdomens. They are dated at 165 million years old, making them the oldest known fossils of mating insects. Dong Ren of Capital Normal University, China who led the study explained: “We found these two very rare copulating froghoppers which provide a glimpse of interesting insect behaviour and important data to understand their mating position and genitalia orientation during the Middle Jurassic”. The fossilised insects are 15mm long and positioned belly to belly with the male reproductive organ inserted into the female in exactly the way living froghoppers mate. According to the researchers, the insects’ “genitalic symmetry and mating position have remained static for over 165 million years”. This is summarised by ScienceShots: “The evolutionary lesson: Modern froghopper sex positions are tried and true”.

Nature News, ScienceDaily, ScienceShots

Editorial Comment: There is no evolutionary lesson here, because nothing has evolved. If fossil froghoppers look and act the same as living froghoppers, they have reproduced after their kind, just as Genesis says. The use of the word “evolutionary” to describe something that has “remained static for over 165 million years” is part of a general trend for using the word “evolution” for every discovery involving living things and fossils. Don’t be brainwashed. When something is described as evolution, ask “what has changed”? If nothing has changed then it is not evolution. Secondly, try to get an evolutionist to explain to you where sex came from. After all it has to work the first time, or you are extinct! (Ref. fossilisation, arthropods, insects, reproduction)

Evidence News, No. 23/13, 20 November 2013