Multicellularity and Evolution

Stormie Waters took some time off prospecting and was in town with Ruby Slippers, and they came across some of the hands from the Darwin Ranch. When those owlhoots have a bit of the firewater, they tend to speak more honestly and freely.

While some deny that the origin of life has anything to do with evolution (keeping up the narrative for the secular science industry, you know), some admit that they have a problem figuring out how organisms went from single to multiple cells.

Volox Aureus image credit: Cropped from Flickr / Proyecto Agua (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
"Communities" like Volox do not qualify as multicellular organisms.

It's not an easy matter of suddenly having more material to work with. All must have the same genetic makeup, a new internal system of organization that never existed before, and more. As science has progressed, we see that cells are not so simple, and they have jobs within an organism. They have a level of communication as well. The specified complexities are staggering, and the whole shebang testifies to the brilliance of the Master Engineer.
All evolution assumes either the augmentation of some prior system to fit a new need, or lateral gene transfer adding information for the same end. Even systems that seem to require completely new structures (feathers for example) are assumed to be modified from pre-existing structures. However, there are two significant events in evolutionary history where far more would have been required—the origin of life, and the origin of co-ordinated multicellularity.

To read the rest, see "Evolution of multicellularity: what is required?" You may also be interested in a more recent post, "Fake News of Multicellularity Evolution".

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