Ediacaran Intelligent Design

Oldest animal turns out to be 40 million years older than 558 mya

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Found last year but not yet named, the animal may have been one of the “comb jellies”:

MOVE over, Dickinsonia. This 558-million-year-old creature was named the earliest known animal last year, but New Scientist can now exclusively reveal one that existed even earlier – by more than 40 million years. (paywall) Graham Lawton, “Exclusive: 600-million-year old blobs are earliest animals ever found” at New Scientist

Note: They are described at New Scientist above as “carnivorous comb jellies” but all known comb jellies are carnivorous so it will be interesting to learn more about what that “earliest known animal” was eating.

Last year, we learned Intro:

A strange soft-bodied sea creature that lived over half a billion years ago may have been the first animal species on Earth, fossil evidence suggests.

The first large complex organisms – known as the Ediacarans – appear in the fossil record about 570 million years ago, just before the Cambrian explosion of modern animal life. Their alien body shapes have created confusion over whether they were primitive animals, other complex lifeforms like lichen or giant amoebas, or failed experiments of evolution. Alice Klein, “Earliest known animal was a half-billion-year-old underwater blob” at New Scientist 20 September 2018

Finding fats has been taken as good evidence that these ancient life forms were animals. The expression “failed experiments of evolution” is curious. Was the tyrannosaur a “failed experiment” of evolution? Or just something that had its day and is gone because the ecology changed after the asteroid hit and that size of predator just wasn’t a part of it any more? Keep the file open.

See also:Fats recovered from Ediacaran fossil, 558 mya, shows that animals then were “large,” “abundant”

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6 Replies to “Oldest animal turns out to be 40 million years older than 558 mya

  1. 1
    Pearlman says:

    earlier complexity than predicted by NDT Darwinism deep-time dependent model and a lot of stasis over relatively long spans corroborates creation science thousands, not millions, of years.
    reference: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B077Q4KB9V

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    bornagain77 says:

    a few notes:

    Facts: The Comb Jelly (Ctenophora) – video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEJGO1w-jog

    The secret superpowers of jellyfish – video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-irjnOIjNcs

    David Gallo: Underwater astonishments – video
    http://www.ted.com/talks/david.....ments.html
    David Gallo shows jaw-dropping footage of amazing sea creatures, including a color-shifting cuttlefish, a perfectly camouflaged octopus, and a Times Square’s worth of neon light displays from fish who live in the blackest depths of the ocean.

    Jellyfish proteins used to create polariton laser – August 22, 2016
    Excerpt: The researchers note that others have tried to create such lasers with limited success due to the excited particles colliding with one another—severe cooling was the only way to tame them. But the jellyfish proteins came with a built-in solution—each was barrel-shaped with the fluorescent molecules shielded inside, protecting the emitted particles from interfering with one another. (the ‘biological’ laser operates at room temperature)
    http://phys.org/news/2016-08-j.....laser.html

    Darwinists appeal to the ‘magic wand’ of convergent evolution, i.e. 27 independent evolutionary events of bioluminescence, to ‘explain away’ the repeated appearance of Bioluminescence.

    Repeated and Widespread Evolution of Bioluminescence in Marine Fishes – June 2016
    Abstract
    Bioluminescence is primarily a marine phenomenon with 80% of metazoan bioluminescent genera occurring in the world’s oceans. Here we show that bioluminescence has evolved repeatedly and is phylogenetically widespread across ray-finned fishes. We recover 27 independent evolutionary events of bioluminescence, all among marine fish lineages. This finding indicates that bioluminescence has evolved many more times than previously hypothesized across fishes and the tree of life. Our exploration of the macroevolutionary patterns of bioluminescent lineages indicates that the present day diversity of some inshore and deep-sea bioluminescent fish lineages that use bioluminescence for communication, feeding, and reproduction exhibit exceptional species richness given clade age. We show that exceptional species richness occurs particularly in deep-sea fishes with intrinsic bioluminescent systems and both shallow water and deep-sea lineages with luminescent systems used for communication.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4898709/

    Whenever you hear the words ‘convergent evolution’, or something similar, from a Darwinist, the Darwinist is basically appealing to a repeated miracle, not to any known scientific fact, in order to ‘explain away’ why the structure exists.

    Theory of Convergent Evolution Analyzed – May 11, 2015
    Excerpt: Casey Luskin has argued that Darwinians appeal to convergence in order to have it both ways: basically, “biological similarity implies common ancestry, except when it doesn’t.” The authors of this new paper do not respond to that charge specifically, but they go further than most Darwinians by not just asserting convergence occurred, but by offering evolutionary mechanisms that might produce it. (thus disobeying the first cardinal rule of evolutionary biology: 1. Thou shalt not analyze neo-Darwinism too closely!)
    http://www.evolutionnews.org/2.....95951.html

    The “Shared Error” Argument – Cornelius Hunter – April 17, 2017
    Excerpt: the evolutionist’s contention that common descent is needed to explain those shared mutations in different species contradicts the most basic biology. Simply put, similarities across species which cannot be explained by common descent, are rampant in biology. The olfactory system is no exception. Its several fundamental components, if evolution is true, must have evolved several times independently. The level of independent origin which evolutionists must admit to (variously referred to as convergent evolution, parallel evolution, recurrent evolution, cascades of convergence, and so forth depending on the pattern) is staggering and dwarfs the levels of similarities in the olfactory receptor genes. To cast those relatively few similarities as mandates for common descent, while ignoring the volumes of similarities that violate common descent constitutes the mother of all confirmation biases.
    http://darwins-god.blogspot.co.....prove.html

    Convergent evolution’ (homology in unexpected places) is found to be much more widespread than originally thought. And again, this (similarity in unexpected places) falsifies the main Darwinian assumption that lays behind the entire theory of common descent.

    Extinct Four-Eyed Monitor Lizard Busts Myth of a Congruent Nested Hierarchy – Günter Bechly – April 23, 2018
    Excerpt: One of the most essential doctrines of Darwinian evolution, apart from universal common descent with modification, is the notion that complex similarities indicate homology are ordered in a congruent nested pattern that facilitates the hierarchical classification of life. When this pattern is disrupted by incongruent evidence, such conflicting evidence is readily explained away as homoplasies with ad hoc explanations like underlying apomorphies (parallelisms), secondary reductions, evolutionary convergences, long branch attraction, and incomplete lineage sorting.
    When I studied in the 1980s at the University of Tübingen, where the founder of phylogenetic systematics, Professor Willi Hennig, was teaching a first generation of cladists, we still all thought that such homoplasies are the exceptions to the rule, usually restricted to simple or poorly known characters. Since then the situation has profoundly changed. Homoplasy is now recognized as a ubiquitous phenomenon (e.g., eyes evolved 45 times independently, and bioluminiscence 27 times; hundreds of more examples can be found at Cambridge University’s “Map of Life” website).
    https://evolutionnews.org/2018/04/extinct-four-eyed-monitor-lizard-busts-myth-of-a-congruent-nested-hierarchy/

    Claims about convergent evolution are absurd _ Feb. 2017
    1. C4 photosynthesis. According to ‘science’ it has evolved 60 times independently. Scientists have not succeeded in building an autonomous photosynthesis system. But evolution has done this for 60 times! Seems to be easy!
    2. Eye 35 times. Think about the complex mechanism and signaling pathways that are connected with brain. And according to ‘science’ humans and squids evolved same eyes using same genes. What a coincidence!
    3. Giving birth, 150 times. Piece of cake for evolution. Very convincing.
    4. Carnivorous plants. Nitrogen-deficient plants have in at least 7 distinct times become carnivorous.
    5. Hearing. 30 times. Bats and dolphins separately evolved same sonar gene. What a surprise! (Do they really think that one gene is sufficient for developing a sonar ability?)
    6. Bioluminescence is quite a mystery for science. According to darwinists it has independently evolved even 27 times!
    7. Magnetite for orientation, magnetically charged particles of magnetite for directional sensing have been found in unrelated species of salmon, rainbow trout, some butterflies and birds.
    8. Electric organ in some fishes. 6 times. Independently from each other. Sure.
    9. Parthenogenesis. Some lizards, insects, fishes and rodents are able to reproduce asexually, without males.
    Etc.. etc.. etc..
    http://sciencerefutesevolution.....n-are.html

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    AaronS1978 says:

    Sooooooo I have some questions. A little bit of confusion for me. My question is in regards to the age of complex life being found earlier and earlier than expected. I thought that many evolutionists we’re trying to find complex life forms before the Cambrian explosion because it gives it more time to evolve?

    Please correct me if I’m wrong. However on the same token how did those complex lifeforms evolve so quickly and it even shorter period of time.

    But there is one nice thing about this. It puts to rest which came first the comb jelly or the sponge which is a big win for intelligent design and a huge loss for Darwinian evolution because I think the entire idea is, that it is ridiculous that it would devolve into a sponge

    So little clarification would be much appreciated because for a while there I really did think that they were trying to find fossils of complex lifeforms and worms far before the Cambrian explosion to allow for greater time gap to save Darwinian evolution from the ridiculousness of that life explosion.

    Besides that I’m going to celebrate with “suck it sponge”

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    Fasteddious says:

    “failed experiments of evolution”? Aren’t experiments performed by minds? Just saying…

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    ET says:

    Fasteddious- Evolution is said to be a trial and error process. The experiments are with each and every change.

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    ET says:

    It was little Billy’s first visit to the Natural Museum and it was just in time for the dinosaur exhibit. As Billy stood there gawking at T Rex, a security guard approached and a jokingly said:
    “Don’t get to close. We haven’t fed him yet.”
    Billy smiled, looked up and asked, “How old o you think he is?”
    “65,000,011 years”, the guard proudly answered.
    “65,000,011 years? How did you reach that exact figure?” inquired Billy.
    The guard looked at Billy, smiled an said, “Well, he was 65,000,000 years old when I started working here. And that was 11 years ago.” baddoomp-boomp

    😀

    (HT- Reader’s Digest) 😎

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