The Fossil Record Problem-Part III

Have you ever seen a fossil plant series in a museum display or textbook on evolution? I haven’t. When I studied botany at university in the 1960s they taught us evolution and paleobotany (the study of plant fossils) but not a single fossil series was ever presented as evidence that plant evolution actually did occur. So, when I saw a new book recently entitled The Diversity and Evolution of Plants, dated 1995 and published by the CRC Press, a reputable publisher of top quality scientific manuals and textbooks, I was keen to see what new evidence had arisen during the last 30 years of research. The author, Dr Lorentz Pearson, appeared to be well qualified, being a Professor of Botany with a string of credits to his name. 1

Yes, apparently plants evolved from bacteria.  All flowering plants from pine trees, and bacteria, from bacteria.

Mushrooms are also from bacteria, as are humans (sorry different tree).  By rights, I think we really ought to pay homage to bacteria.  To them, we owe our lives.  I’m proposing a new type of polytheism here perhaps.

But perhaps I’ve been a bit premature because:

In all 18 chapters, not a single fossil series was quoted or illustrated to support the phylogenetic trees! Many groups have excellent fossil records, but not once does he indicate that there is unequivocal evidence of transition from one to another, as evolution requires.

I think that’s because evolution is true, as is known by a majority of scientists. Therefore, it would be silly to give evidence for something that is true. I think you really ought to just present the truth in the way that everyone agrees and call it good, because the only people that care if you have evidence for you phylogenetic tree are Creationists and IDists. Why waste your time right?

Like so many other people, Professor Pearson appears to have just assumed that evolution is a fact, and has filled in the gaps in the evidence with imagination.

Hey, I say at least nobody will accuse him of making an argument from lack of imagination2, which is apparently a most damning thing to do in science.

1 Did plants evolve? AiG, Williams, A. (1997)
2 Argument from ignorance, Wiki

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2 Responses

  1. Shrink,

    I admire your patience and stamina, but you must know what the response will be to this post? As you said above,

    “I think that’s because evolution is true, as is known by a majority of scientists. Therefore, it would be silly to give evidence for something that is true. I think you really ought to just present the truth in the way that everyone agrees and call it good…”

  2. Here’s another way to put it!

    In this way the words of the prophet Isaiah came true: “Lord, who has believed our message? To whom has the Lord’s power been revealed?” So the people couldn’t believe because, as Isaiah also said, “God blinded them and made them close-minded so that their eyes don’t see and their minds don’t understand. And they never turn to me for healing!” John 12: 38-40

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