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Fossil find ‘Oldest land Animal.” BBC News. Short news story from January, 2004, describing the find of the fossil millipede, Pneumodesmus newmani , from Silurian rocks in Scotland, which is the oldest (428 million years old) known land animal. Includes two pictures.

Oldest Insect Delights Experts. BBC News. Short news story from February, 2004, describing the find of a fragmentary insect, Rhyniognatha hirsti , from the Rhynie Chert in Scotland, which is the oldest (396-407 million years old) known insect. Includes a picture.

Archaeognatha-Bristletails. Tree of Life Project. Short description of bristletails, which are possibly the oldest (near-complete) fossil insects. The oldest fossil bristletail is a fossil from the Devonian (388-390 million years old) of Quebec.

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Some people wonder why life forms just appear and then nothing much happens for hundreds of millions of years. That’s a key reason there is a controversy around evolution.

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The flaw in all this is the great faith that the conclusions of time placement and sequence are accurate because of the subject of geology. The geology conclusions are wrong. Still however it must be admitted by al that with the independent study of geology there is not much proposition or opposition about biological evolution. This is where ID folks could learn from YEC folks. Robert Byers
A few additional notes on this unexpected 'anomaly' for Darwinism:
Amazing Insects Defy Evolution – October 2010 Excerpt: India spent tens of millions of years as an island before colliding with Asia. Yet the fossil record contains no evidence that unique species evolved on the subcontinent during this time, http://www.creationsafaris.com/crev201010.htm#20101026a Saltational Evolution: Hopeful Monsters are Here to Stay - Günter Theißen - 2009 "While we already have a quite good understanding of how organisms adapt to the environment, much less is known about the mechanisms behind the origin of evolutionary novelties, a process that is arguably different from adaptation. Despite Darwin's undeniable merits, explaining how the enormous complexity and diversity of living beings on our planet originated remains one of the greatest challenges of biology." http://www.evolutionnews.org/2010/09/nsf_spends_almost_2_million_of038581.html Seeing Ghosts in the Bushes (Part 2): How Is Common Descent Tested? - Paul Nelson - Feb. 2010 Excerpt: Fig. 6. Multiple possible ad hoc or auxiliary hypotheses are available to explain lack of congruence between the fossil record and cladistic predictions. These may be employed singly or in combination. Common descent (CD) is thus protected from observational challenge. http://www.evolutionnews.org/2010/02/seeing_ghosts_in_the_bushes_pa.html The Fossil Record and Falsifiable Predictions For ID - Casey Luskin - Audio http://intelligentdesign.podomatic.com/player/web/2010-03-26T14_56_42-07_00 This following article reveals how evolutionists avoid falsification from the biogeographical data of finding numerous and highly similar species in widely separated locations: More Biogeographical Conundrums for Neo-Darwinism - March 2010 http://www.evolutionnews.org/2010/03/sea_monkeys_are_the_tip_of_the.html THE FOSSILS IN THE CREATION MUSEUM - 1000's of pictures of ancient 'living' fossils that have not changed for millions of years: http://www.fossil-museum.com/fossils/?page=0&limit=30 Ancient Fossils That Have Not Changed For Millions Of Years - video http://www.metacafe.com/watch/4113820 "The point emerges that if we examine the fossil record in detail, whether at the level of orders or of species, we find' over and over again' not gradual evolution, but the sudden explosion of one group at the expense of another." Paleontologist, Derek V. Ager "A major problem in proving the theory has been the fossil record; the imprints of vanished species preserved in the Earth's geological formations. This record has never revealed traces of Darwin's hypothetical intermediate variants - instead species appear and disappear abruptly, and this anomaly has fueled the creationist argument that each species was created by God." Paleontologist, Mark Czarnecki "There is no need to apologize any longer for the poverty of the fossil record. In some ways, it has become almost unmanageably rich and discovery is outpacing integration. The fossil record nevertheless continues to be composed mainly of gaps." Professor of paleontology - Glasgow University, T. Neville George "Evolution requires intermediate forms between species and paleontology does not provide them." David Kitts - Paleontologist "The long-term stasis, following a geologically abrupt origin, of most fossil morphospecies, has always been recognized by professional paleontologists" – Stephen Jay Gould - Harvard
'Wait and See' from Brandon Heath = music http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJgTv_yalfw bornagain77
The error here is in assuming that when a life form doesn't change much, nothing is happening. Natural selection explains why things stay at a local optimum just as well as it explains why things move to a new optimum if the environment changes, or when a new dimension opens up. Hence "punk eek". Elizabeth Liddle

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