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100 fossil group study overturns evolution claims? But so? Still business as usual for the Darwin lobby

Cornelius Hunter has the story here.

Also, from Phys.org:

In a new paper, recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, evolutionary biologists from the Department of Biology & Biochemistry looked at nearly one hundred fossil groups to test the notion that it takes groups of animals many millions of years to reach their maximum diversity of form.

Contrary to popular belief, not all animal groups continued to evolve fundamentally new morphologies through time. The majority actually achieved their greatest diversity of form (disparity) relatively early in their histories.

Lead researcher from the Department of Biology & Biochemistry, Dr Matthew Wills said: “This pattern, known as ‘early high disparity’, turns the traditional V-shaped cone model of evolution on its head.

So what if those are the facts? The Darwin lobby still has pundits, lawmakers, and celebs to spread their “branching tree of life” message.

The classroom biology teachers began to smell a rat long ago:

See, for example, 20% of biology teachers in Pennsylvania are creationists

The Big Easy Bans Intelligent Design, but the Big Story is Louisiana’s Good Science Grades (Louisiana allows teaching objections to Darwinism.)

Are 72% of biology teachers hindering science literacy in the U.S.?

But lone classroom teachers have no one but the (hack! cough! retch!) complicit union to turn to as the establishment readies an assault on them to protect the status quo from what the street now really knows.

Hat tip: Re Phys.org, Josh Shelley in The Battlefield

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6 Responses to 100 fossil group study overturns evolution claims? But so? Still business as usual for the Darwin lobby

  1. Related note: ENV has a article up on the fossil study

    Darwinian Magic: Another Question-Begging Darwinian Explanation of the Cambrian Explosion – July 31, 2013
    Excerpt:
    http://www.evolutionnews.org/2.....74961.html

  2. from physorg they state:

    “A key question now is what prevents groups from generating fundamentally new forms later on in their evolution.”

    to reiterate from Dr. Hunter’s post, Here are a few assorted notes that gives us a glimpse as to one of the main reasons why ‘kinds’ of species are constrained to a basic type of body plan throughout deep time:

    Multiple Overlapping Genetic Codes Profoundly Reduce the Probability of Beneficial Mutation George Montañez 1, Robert J. Marks II 2, Jorge Fernandez 3 and John C. Sanford 4 – published online May 2013
    Excerpt: In the last decade, we have discovered still another aspect of the multi- dimensional genome. We now know that DNA sequences are typically “ poly-functional” [38]. Trifanov previously had described at least 12 genetic codes that any given nucleotide can contribute to [39,40], and showed that a given base-pair can contribute to multiple overlapping codes simultaneously. The first evidence of overlapping protein-coding sequences in viruses caused quite a stir, but since then it has become recognized as typical. According to Kapronov et al., “it is not unusual that a single base-pair can be part of an intricate network of multiple isoforms of overlapping sense and antisense transcripts, the majority of which are unannotated” [41]. The ENCODE project [42] has confirmed that this phenomenon is ubiquitous in higher genomes, wherein a given DNA sequence routinely encodes multiple overlapping messages, meaning that a single nucleotide can contribute to two or more genetic codes. Most recently, Itzkovitz et al. analyzed protein coding regions of 700 species, and showed that virtually all forms of life have extensive overlapping information in their genomes [43].
    Conclusions: Our analysis confirms mathematically what would seem intuitively obvious – multiple overlapping codes within the genome must radically change our expectations regarding the rate of beneficial mutations. As the number of overlapping codes increases, the rate of potential beneficial mutation decreases exponentially, quickly approaching zero. Therefore the new evidence for ubiquitous overlapping codes in higher genomes strongly indicates that beneficial mutations should be extremely rare. This evidence combined with increasing evidence that biological systems are highly optimized, and evidence that only relatively high-impact beneficial mutations can be effectively amplified by natural selection, lead us to conclude that mutations which are both selectable and unambiguously beneficial must be vanishingly rare. This conclusion raises serious questions. How might such vanishingly rare beneficial mutations ever be sufficient for genome building? How might genetic degeneration ever be averted, given the continuous accumulation of low impact deleterious mutations?
    http://www.worldscientific.com.....08728_0006

    Multidimensional Genome – Dr. Robert Carter – 10 minute video
    http://www.metacafe.com/watch/8905048/

    The Extreme Complexity Of Genes – Dr. Raymond G. Bohlin – video
    http://www.metacafe.com/watch/8593991/

    To put it plainly, the finding of a severely poly-functional/polyconstrained genome by the ENCODE study, and further studies, has put the odds, of what was already astronomically impossible, to what can only be termed fantastically astronomically impossible. To illustrate the monumental brick wall any evolutionary scenario (no matter what “fitness landscape”) must face with poly-constrained poly-functionality, I will use a puzzle:
    If we were to actually get a proper “beneficial mutation’ in a polyfunctional we would actually be encountering something more akin to this illustration found on page 141 of Genetic Entropy by Dr. Sanford.

    S A T O R
    A R E P O
    T E N E T
    O P E R A
    R O T A S

    Sator Square
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sator_Square

    Which is translated ;
    THE SOWER NAMED AREPO HOLDS THE WORKING OF THE WHEELS.
    This ancient puzzle, which dates back to 79 AD, reads the same four different ways, Thus, If we change (mutate) any letter we may get a new meaning for a single reading read any one way, as in Dawkins weasel program, but we will consistently destroy the other 3 readings of the message with the new mutation (save for the center).
    This is what is meant when it is said a poly-functional genome is poly-constrained to any random mutations.

    of related note:

    K´necting The Dots: Modeling Functional Integration In Biological Systems – June 11, 2010
    Excerpt: “If an engineer modifies the length of the piston rods in an internal combustion engine, but does not modify the crankshaft accordingly, the engine won’t start. Similarly, processes of development are so tightly integrated temporally and spatially that one change early in development will require a host of other coordinated changes in separate but functionally interrelated developmental processes downstream” (1)
    http://www.uncommondescent.com.....l-systems/

    Verse and music:

    Genesis 1:24
    And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.

    Creation Calls — are you listening? Music by Brian Doerksen
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwGvfdtI2c0

  3. First post from my tablet. No html.

    Will the true Darwinist stand up and defend that what they believe is based on science? Or is it just an ideological commitment. Their inability to admit even small deviations from their belief system argues it is 100% ideological and science is only invoked when it is convenient and avoided like the plague when it is inconvenient.

  4. What’s the problem? This just sheds more light on Evolution. We still know universal comment descent is a fact and that mutations and natural selection did it. Open a high-school biology textbook and try learning something.

  5. ;) We should have known life would never be that simple. O’Leary for News

  6. For Darwinists like Lifepsy, high school biology textbooks are the gospel truth!

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