Intelligent Design stasis

Researcher: Horseshoe crab vision 400 mya was same as today

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In crab world, nothing evolves:

The eyes of the extinct sea scorpion Jaekelopterus rhenaniae have the same structure as the eyes of modern horseshoe crabs (Limulidae). The compound eyes of the giant predator exhibited lens cylinders and concentrically organized sensory cells enclosing the end of a highly specialized cell…

The eyes of modern horseshoe crabs consist of compounds, so-called ommatidia. Unlike, for example, insects that have compound eyes with a simple lens, the ommatidia of horseshoe crabs are equipped with a lens cylinder that continuously refracts light and transmits it to the sensory cells.

These sensory cells are grouped in the form of a rosette around a central light conductor, the rhabdom, which is part of the sensory cells and converts light signals into nerve signals to transmit them to the central nervous system. At the centre of this ‘light transmitter’ in horseshoe crabs is a highly specialized cell end, which can connect the signals of neighbouring compounds in such a way that the crab perceives contours more clearly. This can be particularly useful in conditions of low visibility under water. In the cross-section of the ommatidium, it is possible to identify the end of this specialized cell as a bright point in the centre of the rhabdom.


University of Cologne, “Compound eyes: The visual apparatus of today’s horseshoe crabs goes back 400 million years.” at ScienceDaily

Maybe the lifestyle portrayed below was similar too? Sudden appearance. Long time. No big changes?

Paper. (open access)

See also: Stasis: When life goes on but evolution does not happen

5 Replies to “Researcher: Horseshoe crab vision 400 mya was same as today

  1. 1
    bornagain77 says:

    Evidence for a miracle? I’d say so!

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    PaV says:

    Randomness brings about this gloriously complex eye, and then it stops.

    Oh, no. It’s not ‘random’ mutations; it’s NS that has brought this about.

    OK. So, NS works in a gloriously complex way, and then it just stops. Why?

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    ET says:

    It stops cuz it has climbed Mt. Improbable, and sits upon its peak. I have asked. That was the answer. Just change “fitness peak” for “Mt. Improbable”.

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    massam says:

    OT: https://phys.org/news/2019-12-single-celled-mind.html
    New Study from Harvard that a single celled organism can change its mind.

    thought this was very interesting.

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