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Fascinating living fossils
Each of the two pictures below (courtesy of Dr Joachim Scheven) shows two different species of the bivalve Anadara.
Can you spot the difference between the living and fossil species? According to evolutionists and other long-agers, the difference is about three million years—but they are identical!
The right picture is of two species of fossil Anadara from rock labelled as Pliocene, in Italy. The one with slightly gaping valves is A. corbulides, the other A. natalensis. In the top picture are two absolutely identical living specimens, arranged in the same way. Imagine—one is asked to believe that there have been three million years in which there has been absolutely no change, no ‘evolution’ visible at all. Note that:
The reality is that examples like this are commonplace. Many are on display in the creationist museum LEBENDIGE VORWELT, in Hagen–Hohenlimburg, Germany, run by Dr Joachim Scheven. The museum’s collection of so–called ‘living fossils’ runs into the hundreds. Fossil experts have now begun to talk routinely of ‘stasis’ as a commonplace in the fossil record—this simply means ‘staying the same’, which sounds like the opposite of evolution.
What would we predict the fossils to show on the basis of a recent six-day creation and a worldwide Flood?
Originally published in Creation 19(3):52, June 1997
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