What do fossils suggest about the origins of life? Timothy Standish shares some answers this week from a limestone quarry in Bavaria.
I’m Tim Standish from the Geoscience Research Institute. Behind me is a Jurassic limestone quarry in Sonthofen, Bavaria, famous for it’s fossils. My colleagues and I are here studying Archaeopteryx, possibly the most famous Sonthofen fossil. Imagine Charles Darwin’s excitement over archaeopteryx, a bird with teeth in it’s mouth and a dinosaur like tail. Was it a missing link between dinosaurs and birds? Possible missing links are still big news which emphasizes their rarity when Darwinism predicts them everywhere. This is common with news making missing links, after further study, most experts reject archaeopteryx as a missing link. Abundant other bird fossils including at least one modern bird are found in Jurassic rocks or in overlying cretaceous rocks. Patterns of fossil appearance and disappearance are difficult to understand. As scientists, it is tempting to wish we had all the answers but the creation is far more interesting than that, we don’t know exactly why diverse fossil birds appear in a pattern essentially the opposite of Darwinism’s predictions. Sometimes faith liberates us to admit we don’t know everything but that there is sufficient evidence to believe the biblical record of history over the alternatives.