Jawed Vertebrate Transitions Still Absent from Fossil Record

We have seen that believers in universal common descent have serious problems with the Cambrian explosion and with vertebrate evolution. Instead of solving problems, they continue with the narrative and speculate more, such as with the evolution of jawed vertebrates.

Evolutionary mythology relies on the fossil record to support their beliefs in the origin of jawed vertebrates. The evidence is contradictory.
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As discussed before, if a science conjecture, hypothesis, or theory is true, one should expect supporting evidence. Darwin's disciples evosplain using the fossil record, and we should expect a wagon train-load of transitional forms. Jawless fish evolved into jawed fish evolved into jawed vertebrates. (Why do we keep discussing fish? Evolutionary mythology has us evolving from the things.) The fossil record does not have transitional forms. Indeed, there are contradictions as well — including huge leaps of faith regarding biology. What can we expect from creation science to deal with some fossils that may seem inconvenient for us? Follow the link below.

One of the greatest unsolved mysteries in the grand scheme of evolution is the transition between jawless and jawed vertebrates. In a previous article, I documented how jawless vertebrate fish appeared along with a host of creatures with diverse body plans in the Cambrian Explosion at the beginning of the sedi-mentary fossiliferous rock record. Despite many fossil discoveries of numerous vertebrate fish over the past several hundred years, not a single transitional form has been found showing how jawed fish could have developed from jawless ancestors. In fact, numerous types of jawed fish appear suddenly in the rock record alongside new types of jawless fish.

Jawed vertebrates are known as gnathostomes and make up more than 99% of all known living vertebrate species, including humans. This incredible diversity is based on key defining categorical features: jaws, teeth, paired appendages, and specialized skeletal tissues. Evolutionists have struggled for over a century to explain the origins of these major anatomical features that appear suddenly in the fossil record with no ancestral precursors. Regarding the origin of jaws, the evolutionary problem was aptly stated in a recent edition of a book on vertebrate evolution: “How did the great transformation from ‘jawless suckers’ to the ‘predatory monsters’ of the oceans occur, involving the evolution of organized dentitions and jaws?”

To read the rest, chew on "The Fossils Still Say No: The Mystery of Jawed Vertebrates".

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