Microbe won’t fit on tree of life, according to an article in ScienceDaily 26 April 2012. Biologists are studying the genetics of protozoan, a single celled organism, considered to be mankind’s remotest ancestor in a lake near Oslo, Norway. It is considered to be near the root of the tree of life for eukaryotic organisms, i.e. organisms which have structures contained within membranes in their cells. These include animals, plants, fungi and single celled organisms such as amoebae and algae. According to Kamran Shalchian-Tabrizi, one of the researchers “The micro-organism is among the oldest, currently living eukaryote organisms we know of. It evolved around one billion years ago, plus or minus a few hundred million years. It gives us a better understanding of what early life on Earth looked like”.
However, when they compared the genes of the Norwegian protozoan with other eukaryotes they found it did not fit on any of the main branches of the evolutionist tree of life. The protozoan is not a fungus, alga, parasite, plant or animal. Kamran Shalchian-Tabrizi commented: “We have found an unknown branch of the tree of life that lives in this lake. It is unique! So far we know of no other group of organisms that descend from closer to the roots of the tree of life than this species. It can be used as a telescope into the primordial micro-cosmos”.
Editorial Comment: The study described above is a reminder that the evolutionary tree of life, where all living things are arranged as physically descended from one single cell, is an idea in the minds of evolutionists, rather than an observed reality. It’s an artificial human construct, and is not evidence of anything other than the creativity of man. Over the years the tree has been changed many times, as evolutionists have tried to fit newer discoveries into it. It was originally drawn up on the basis of the structure of living things, but now we have detailed genome studies, evolutionists are having to move organisms from one branch to another, because the newly observed genes don’t conform to the hypothetical tree pattern. During all this rearranging most people miss the glaringly obvious. The actual living things remain the same, and show no signs of evolving from one kind to another. This Norwegian microbe may well be proof of the existence of a new Kind of creature unrelated to anything else on planet earth.
We predict that the genome studies will result in the standard evolutionary tree devolving into separate clusters, each group of which are unrelated to any other group. Anyone who claims this Norwegian protozoan’s genetics has remained unchanged for a billion years is providing a most underwhelming evidence for evolution, and gloriously overwhelming evidence that creatures do reproduce after their kind as Genesis says God made them to do! (Ref. protista, taxonomy, classification, prediction)
Evidence News 13 June 2012