From “Humble bug plugs gap in fossil record” (News24, August 1, 2012), we learn,
Named Strudiella devonica, the eight-millimetre invertebrate – while in far from mint condition – is thought by researchers who published their findings in Nature on Wednesday to be the world’s oldest complete insect fossil.
Scientists until now had few if any confirmed insect fossils from between 385 and 325 million years ago, a period known as the Hexapoda Gap, William A Shear of Hampden-Sydney College wrote in a comment that accompanied the study.
Caution is urged, due to the poor state of preservation of the fossil, believed to be the larva of a winged insect.
It’s interesting that the reporting of the story follows the “plugging the gaps in the fossil record” theme, beloved of Christian Darwinists. One wonders when some starving hack will wake up and say to himself, “Wot! Insects, like modern insects, that date back to the Devonian period?”
The problem is that if we plug gaps by finding complex life forms earlier and earlier, slowly working our way back to near the origin of life, we make Darwinism less and less plausible.
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