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530-million-year-old Fossil Has Look of World’s Oldest Eye


A compound eye from the Cambrian Period showed up in a fossil.

530 million-year-old-eye of Schmidtiellus-reetae

Here’s what the PR has to say:

Professor Euan Clarkson, of the University of Edinburgh’s School of GeoSciences, said: “This exceptional fossil shows us how early animals saw the world around them hundreds of millions of years ago. Remarkably, it also reveals that the structure and function of compound eyes has barely changed in half a billion years.”

Professor Brigitte Schoenemann, of the University of Cologne, said: “This may be the earliest example of an eye that it is possible to find. Older specimens in sediment layers below this fossil contain only traces of the original animals, which were too soft to be fossilised and have disintegrated over time.”

IOW: don’t look here for any “intermediates.” With Darwinian evolution, we can’t expect biologists to provide evidence of “intermediates.” That’s simply asking too much. After all, the absence of intermediates would completely demolish Darwinian expectations, and could possibly lead to scientists abandoning Darwin’s theory. Now, who would want that to happen?

BTW: ‘footprints’ have been fossilized. How “soft” are footprints? Flowers have been preserved. How “soft” are flowers? Yes, simply lame excuses for a theory that was wrong from the beginning, and has only gotten worse.

Professor Brigitte Schoenemann above -- " ... too soft to be fossilised and have disintegrated over time.” But I've been told that "Deep Time" is what makes this whole Darwinian e3volution thing work. ayearningforpublius

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