Cambrian explosion

“Evolutionary arms race” explains THIS Cambrian statistic?

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Lead author Dr Michael Lee, of the South Australian Museum and University of Adelaide, says the “exceptionally preserved fossil eyes” also underscore the speed and magnitude of the evolutionary innovation that occurred during this period.

“If the development of complex life is viewed as 24 hours, everything of interest happened in the first hour,” he says. “Our fossils are from that first hour. Within the first blink of evolution, animals had evolved eyes that are very similar to what modern animals have today.”

– in conversation with Dani Cooper, “Eyes give insight into evolutionary arms race” (ABC News, 30 June 2011)

And this striking compression of time is due to:

“The evolution of vision triggered the ability to find prey [and] the evolution of animals that could eat other animals triggered an evolutionary arms race where animals either evolved or died.” 

It’s been observed that terms like “evolutionary arms race”are magnificent thought stoppers. Just say them and no one wonders about anything any more. As Tom Buchanan said, “It’s science.”It’s been explained.”

5 Replies to ““Evolutionary arms race” explains THIS Cambrian statistic?

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    bornagain77 says:

    HMMM, “The evolution of vision triggered the ability to find prey [and] the evolution of animals that could eat other animals triggered an evolutionary arms race where animals either evolved or died.”

    Creation Through Differential Death??? I don’t think so!!!

    “How came the Bodies of Animals to be contrived with so much Art…. Was the Eye contrived without skill in Opticks, and the Ear without Knowledge of Sounds?” – Isaac Newton

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    bornagain77 says:

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    bornagain77 says:

    The ‘Evolutionary Arms Race’ quip made me think of this quote from Michael Behe:

    “Real arms races are run by highly intelligent, bespectacled engineers in glass offices thoughtfully designing shiny weapons on modern computers. But there’s no thinking in the mud and cold of nature’s trenches. At best, weapons thrown together amidst the explosions and confusion of smoky battlefields are tiny variations on old ones, held together by chewing gum. If they don’t work, then something else is thrown at the enemy, including the kitchen sink – there’s nothing “progressive” about that. At its usual worst, trench warfare is fought by attrition. If the enemy can be stopped or slowed by burning your own bridges and bombing your own radio towers and oil refineries, then away they go. Darwinian trench warfare does not lead to progress – it leads back to the Stone Age.”
    — Michael J. Behe (The Edge of Evolution: The Search for the Limits of Darwinism)

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    Mung says:

    Why wouldn’t it be an evolutionary eyes race?

    Creatures evolved eyes in an arms race. Proof that evolution is unguided.

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    ScottAndrews says:

    What a poor choice of words. How can there be a race without a goal and intent to reach it? I’m pretty sure that in the last arms race a lot of people had to imagine and design the arms and then build them using implements that had likewise been designed.

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