Tiger skull from 2.5 mya: Evolution “got it right”? Actually, unacknowledged stasis
|October 24, 2011||Posted by News under News, stasis|
In “Oldest Tiger-like Skull Yet—Hints Evolution Got It Right From Start” (National Geographic, October 18, 2011), Dave Mosher reports, “Fossil mini “tiger” skull is “surprisingly similar” to modern tigers’.” And here we thought evolution was, as ultra-Darwinist Richard Dawkins preaches, blind, and therefore not the sort of thing that could get something right the first time. You might as well say that the falling tree that didn’t happen to land on anyone “got something right.” That said, we learn,
The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center’s Meachen said the skull’s similarity to those of living tigers and jaguars is more striking than the differences.
“[Big cats] were great at what they did right away in their evolution, so their [anatomy] hasn’t changed much … ,” she said. “They were—and still are—really good predators, in part because of their extremely successful body plan.”
Okay, this is another failure to acknowledge sudden emergence followed by stasis (very long period of no change), the true pattern of evolution, not the Darwin version.
It even scores a 1 on the “surprising” index (where adverb “surprisingly” is taken as equivalent).
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