Re: [asa] Fossil Discovery Is Heralded

From: John Burgeson (ASA member) <>
Date: Wed May 27 2009 - 10:37:13 EDT

But assume the discovery is made of a whole slew of rabbit fossils in
pre-cambrian strata?

Assume also that there is NO credible (or even incredible) evidence
that they got there during later earth movements.

Assume also that there is no discovery of related fossils, or of plant
life that rabbits generally feed upon. Nor anything else that even
remotely relates to rabbit life as we know it.

Would this falsify? I think not. Would it be an anomaly? Of course.
Would it excite all sorts of new explorations? Yes.

My guess is that some form of time-travel speculation would arise,
similar to the multiverse speculation, and we'd limp on from there.

On 5/27/09, Michael Roberts <> wrote:
> 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)" <>
> To: "David Campbell" <>
> Cc: "AmericanScientificAffiliation" <>
> 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 <> 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.)
>>> --
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>>> University of Alabama
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