Cambrian crustaceans were “surprisingly modern” claim scientists in a report in PNAS online, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1115244109, 17 January 2012. Geologists from University of Cambridge, UK and University of Regina UK have found “diverse crustacean appendages of Middle and Late Cambrian age from shallow-marine mudstones of the Deadwood Formation in western Canada”. The fossils are fragments of legs and mandibles (jaws) but are so well preserved they can be compared with living crustaceans. The researchers reported: “Detailed similarities with living forms demonstrate the early origins and subsequent conservation of various complex food-handling adaptations, including a directional mandibular asymmetry that has persisted through half a billion years of evolution”. They went on to say: “The earliest radiation of crustaceans is largely cryptic in the fossil record, but ‘small carbonaceous fossils’ reveal organisms of surprisingly modern aspect operating in an unfamiliar biosphere”.

Editorial Comment: That last sentence is an admission that evolutionists don’t know where crustaceans came from, and the earliest ones they find are just like living ones. It would be quite correct to label these living fossil fragments. The modern appearance of these fossil fragments is no surprise to us. They fit perfectly into the Biblical history of the world, which tells us living things were created as fully functional creatures in separate kinds. Since then creatures have multiplied after their kinds. Therefore, crustaceans have always been crustaceans, and any that got buried and fossilised during the history of the world are just like crustaceans living on the earth today. (Ref. invertebrates, fossilisation)

Evidence News 8 February 2012