Re: [asa] Fossil Discovery Is Heralded

From: Michael Roberts <michael.andrea.r@ukonline.co.uk>
Date: Wed May 27 2009 - 10:25:44 EDT

Years ago Haldane said "rabbits in the Precambrian"

That does me

PS Will that make David clam up:)

----- Original Message -----
From: "John Burgeson (ASA member)" <hossradbourne@gmail.com>
To: "David Campbell" <pleuronaia@gmail.com>
Cc: "AmericanScientificAffiliation" <asa@calvin.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 3:20 PM
Subject: Re: [asa] Fossil Discovery Is Heralded

> Isn't the REAL question here "What discovery or experiment could
> falsify the fact of evolution." Or perhaps, "could falsify the fact of
> common descent?"
>
> Perhaps there is nothing which could, even hypothetically, do so.
> Unlike Newton's laws, it is such an elastic theory. Perhaps it has to
> be that way.
>
> On 5/26/09, David Campbell <pleuronaia@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> Now if the fossil had been found in 10000 year old glacial till or in
>>>> the
>>>> Cambrian then "evolution" would be wrong
>>
>> If it was found in younger deposits, that's no problem-forms retaining
>> ancestral conditions can survive after new types arise. There might
>> be a problem if a very good fossil record only showed the supposed
>> ancestor more recent than some of the supposed descendants, but
>> primates have a bad habit of living in trees and falling apart after
>> death instead of burrowing into the bottom of shallow oceans and
>> having only one or two shells, a much better way to have a good fossil
>> record.
>>
>> A mammal turning up in the Cambrian would be problematic for
>> evolution. Although it would not prove that everything else didn't
>> evolve, we might start speculating about a lost alien pet or the like
>> in the particular case (or misdated rocks, like the "Carboniferous"
>> Physa snail that turned out to be Cretaceous.)
>>
>> --
>> Dr. David Campbell
>> 425 Scientific Collections
>> University of Alabama
>> "I think of my happy condition, surrounded by acres of clams"
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>
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