Peachy fossils found, claim scientists in a report entitled “Peaches Preceded Humans: Fossil Evidence from SW China” in Scientific Reports, doi: 10.1038/srep16794, Published online26 November 2015 and, ScienceDaily 1 December 2015. Four Chinese scientists and one American scientist claim to have found the oldest fossil peach pits on record, dated at 2.5 million years old. They state in their report, “The fossils are identical to modern peach endocarps, including size comparable to smaller modern varieties, a single seed, a deep dorsal groove, and presence of deep pits and furrows”. (“Endocarp” is the scientific name for the large pits in fruits such as peaches and cherries.) They also go so far as to say “the well-preserved fossil endocarps show no differences from the living peach and could be assigned to the extant species”.
Due to its supposed age that pre-dates the arrival of human species Homo erectus and Homo sapiens, the authors of the study believe that, “This discovery of the oldest fossil peaches provides important evidence for the origins and evolution of the modern fruit”. ScienceDaily quotes one of the study’s authors, Peter Wilf, who asked, “Is the peach we see today something that resulted from artificial breeding under agriculture since prehistory, or did it evolve under natural selection? The answer is really both”. They give a more detailed answer in their report: “These fossils show that China has been a critical region for peach evolution since long before human presence, much less agriculture. Peaches evolved their modern morphology under natural selection, presumably involving large, frugivorous mammals such as primates. Much later, peach size and variety increased through domestication and breeding”.
Editorial Comment: Down to tin tacks! Just what do fossil peaches that are identical to modern peaches tell us about peach evolution? Nothing – even if you already believe in evolution. These fossils don’t even show how peaches could have evolved from any other kinds of plants. Note well: the evolutionary point of view is being forced on the fossil evidence.
The original report uses the words ‘domestication’ and ‘breeding’ to describe how peaches have changed under the influence of human-directed artificial selection. Since peaches have remained identical to their supposed wild ancestors, evolutionary researchers are forced to invent an evolutionary history of the peach that involves its slow development into its modern form as a result of natural selection, due to the activities of fruit eating monkeys and apes. However, this only explains how peaches have survived, not where they came from.
When we remove the evolutionary paradigm, however, we can clearly see the implications of the evidence: peaches have always produced peaches, so it’s not even religious to state that is just what Genesis states: “God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.” (Genesis 1:11-12).
The scientists did get one thing right – peaches did precede humans, but only by three days, not a million years or so. (Ref. fruit, after kind, vegetation, diet)
Evidence News vol 16, No.2
10 February 2016
Creation Research Australia