I was in a debate recently where this fossil find was advanced as evidence of how the human ear evolved by Darwinian processes. Apparently we are fortunate that some ancient reptiles had bones of a certain structure, otherwise we might not be able to hear the way that we do and so on. I wonder if some paleontologists really understand all that goes into hearing given their extrapolations from skeletal remains. Fortunately the article does mention at least a little critical thinking at one point:
…”the paper has perhaps drawn a few more conclusions than they should have” about how the fossil ear would have functioned in the living species….
After all, the things that paleontologists imagine about soft anatomy and transitions based on skeletal remains have been proven to be incorrect on the rare occasions in which living fossils have been found, so they may be incorrect to imagine that this fossil find represents a transition as well. It’s also important to note that organisms are not being studied as they are naturally stripped of the majority of their complexity in the process of fossilization. It is easier to arrange skeletons in a sequence than it is to arrange actual organisms. It is also easier when the environment itself is arranged in a sequence from aquatic to semi-aquatic to land but actual evidence of transitions remains largely imaginary or skeletal. Skeletons lack the majority of the complexity typical to organisms and yet all species, specification and biological complexity is said to be “explained” based mainly on imaginary (“I can imagine things.”) or skeletal evidence (“Look at this skeleton and imagine things about the past with me. Given my way of imagining things this is just what I expected.”).
Darwinists have sometimes also focused on embryos in order to better help the process of imagining things about the past, as the article mentions here:
“We can trace this developmental process in developing mammalian embryos,” said Luo. “In the early embryonic stage of modern mammals, the middle ear was still attached to the jaw. Later, the middle ear becomes separated from the jaw, and … starts the adult function [of hearing].”
But I might point out that I can imagine that the biological brain events which cause people to think that the early embryonic stage of modern mammals has anything to do with what happened millions of years ago are themselves a recapitulation of the form of ancient worm-like creatures. As far as supporting evidence it seems that all one has to do is point out vague similarities in form so perhaps they could be shown a picture of their own embryonic state with a few notes on how they look a little bit like worms.
When people get so “overwhelmed” that they begin imagining it reasonable to claim that because embryos seem reptilian one ought to imagine an evolutionary transition millions of years ago it is likely that they’ve overwhelmed their mind with their imagination. One might as well imagine a uterus to be “evidence” of the origins of life in a primeval ocean. It seems that the Darwinian urge to merge back into the womb of Mother Nature leads toward a hysterical conception of the world.
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