Evolution Genetics Genomics Intelligent Design stasis

Ghost worms unchanged in form for 275 million years but show “highly distinct” genetics?

One wants to ask, how distinct ARE the genomes of these species that all look the same?
Would it be like mapping a cat’s genome and finding a German Shepherd’s GATTACA in there? What that level of distinction really tells us goes well beyond cats and German Shepherds. Or do the researchers really mean something less highly distinct? What? We search for analogies here.

Intelligent Design stasis

“Modern” eye pigment has been around over fifty million years

“‘We were surprised by what we found because we were not looking for, or expecting it,’ says Johan Lindgren, an Associate Professor at the Department of Geology, Lund University, and lead author of the study published this week in the journal Nature.” Note that they are now wondering whether Cambrian arthropods’ eyes were really that different. Talk about stasis.

Cell biology Intelligent Design stasis

Culturing a tentacled archean in a lab shows eukaryote-like genes from 2 billion years ago

Also, here’s a 2017 Abstract from Nature, noting that “Our results expand the known repertoire of ‘eukaryote-specific’ proteins in Archaea, indicating that the archaeal host cell already contained many key components that govern eukaryotic cellular complexity.” Thus they had that complexity back then. Not so good for Darwinism unless Darwinism is magic.

Darwinism Intelligent Design Plants stasis Stirring the pot (tentative thoughts/explorations)

Researchers: Photosynthesis may be a billion years older than thought … But WAIT!

“Dr Cardona also suggests that this might mean oxygenic photosynthesis was not the product of a billion years of evolution from anoxygenic photosynthesis, but could have been a trait that evolved much sooner, if not first.” So when did the billions of years of Darwinian evolution that “gradually evolved” photosynthesis happen?

Evolution Intelligent Design stasis

They didn’t find the parenting switch…

They didn’t find anything like a “parenting switch” that applied across frog and mouse species, they noted. But parenting behavior, however caused, may be very much older that we used to think (the rise of amphibians about 360 million years ago?). And yet many later life forms don’t care for their offspring. The more evolution becomes a history, the more it features puzzling complexities that can’t be resolved by a fatuous appeal to an “ism”.