Some of us started to doubt the Tree of Life when so many life forms started acting like they don’t know their proper place in it. Just for example, octopuses and spiders don’t realize that invertebrates — especially those with tiny brains — aren’t supposed to be that smart.
But that, it turns out, is really only a minor issue. Here’s a discussion of some of the other issues:
Paleontology poses an insurmountable challenge to the theory of evolution. Charles Darwin himself predicted that countless intermediate animal forms must exist within the fossil record, given that organisms gradually evolved from one species into the next. However, what the fossil record actually shows is the exact opposite, namely, that whenever new species appear, they do so suddenly and without evidence of precursory forms in the geological record. The most prominent example is the so-called Cambrian explosion which happened around 530 million years ago, when about 20 animal phyla suddenly showed up on the stage of life out of the clear blue, as it were, but with no intermediate forms from the Precambrian strata. Given that no attempt to reconcile paleontology with evolutionary theory has succeeded, Darwinian evolutionists have come to admit that the fossil record doesn’t fit with their theory, as we will see at the end of this video. For the same reason, they’ve started to turn their focus towards another field of study in their search for support of evolution: Homology and phylogenetic trees. This episode assesses these efforts and shows why neither homologous structures nor tree of life studies support evolutionary theory.
Philip Cunningham writes: This series is a partnership between my channel and Discovery Institute, the main think tank on the topic of Intelligent Design and the interface between science and religion.
1:23 Homology and Phylogenetic Trees to the Rescue
1:59 The Basics of Homology
4:15 From Homology to the Tree of Life
7:06 General Assessment
8:00 Gene-Gene Comparisons
9:53 Gene-Morphology Comparisons
11:01 Morphology-Morphology Comparisons
12:14 Discarding Paleontology?
14:21 The Verdict