Talk

Fossil Discontinuities: A Refutation of Darwinism and Confirmation of Intelligent Design

Date recorded: 20 May 2018 | Speaker: Gunter Bechly | Event: ELF Science Network
Topic: ScienceEvolution
Fossil Discontinuities: A Refutation of Darwinism and Confirmation of Intelligent Design

Description

The fossil record is dominated by abrupt appearances of new body plans and new groups of organisms. This conflicts with the gradualistic prediction of Darwinian Evolution. Here 18 explosive origins in the history of life are described, demonstrating that the famous Cambrian Explosion is far from being the exception to the rule. Also the fossil record establishes only very brief windows of time for the origin of complex new features, which creates an ubiquitous waiting time problem for the origin and fixation of the required coordinated mutations. This refutes the viability of the Neo-Darwinian evolutionary process as the single conceivable naturalistic or mechanistic explanation for biological origins, and thus confirms Intelligent Design as the only reasonable alternative.