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What, exactly, is a primitive insect?

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A springtail new to science has been discovered living near the bottom of the world’s deepest cave, nearly 2 kilometres (well over a mile) below ground. Andrew Purcell tells us in “World’s deepest land animal discovered” that this type of insect and four others (New Scientist, February 22, 2012) .,

have been classified as springtails, a type of small primitive wingless insect. Living in total darkness, the species all lack eyes. However, A. stereoodorata compensates for this with a highly specialised form of chemoreceptor.

The earlier record for finding springtails underground was 550 metres, about a third of a mile.

What makes an insect primitive as opposed to highly specialized?

One Reply to “What, exactly, is a primitive insect?

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    Robert Byers says:

    Good point!
    its another able criticism of evolution that it was always based on the conclusion that there was primitive creatures as opposed to others.
    In fossils or living they presumed this.
    Yet are sponges or bugs more primitive?!
    I say there is no evidence to say their bodies are less complex then anyone.
    Spomges or anything are fantastically complicated and can’t be made in a lab out of raw material.
    if God made things right away there is no reason to see the designer as deliberately making biological life in different degrees of complexity.
    Everything is equally complex and just does different things.
    its another historical evolutionary premise that was overlooked .
    they really did think and do that life forms can be said to be less complex then others.
    This is also the idea behind fossils in strata.
    Worms are brillient creations and don’t need hoofs to prove it.

    If all life was equally complicated in its workings then would it undercut evolutionary presumptions?
    Does evolution need to find simple life at the bottom of the rock columns?
    If evolution is not true it must be full of logical and observational flaws!
    It is!

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