Paleontology and Evolution

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Paleontology is a science that uses fossil remains to study life in past geological periods, a science that has been invaluable in producing factual evidence of the existence of thousands of species. What though is the relationship between paleontology and the theory of Evolution? Does the fossil record add weight to Darwin's theory or does it cast doubt on the validity of the teaching?

Those who promote Evolution will point to the fossil record as evidence to support the idea that all living creatures came from one common source, with one life form transforming itself into another. Ironically, the fossil record provides no evidence for this theory.
Paleontologists have uncovered millions of fossils in the past one hundred and fifty years but have yet to find the one that adds any weight to the evolutionary idea that life forms changed from one species or kind to another. The fossil record does show variations within species, but that is only to be expected as the same variations exist within living creatures today.

Remarkably, from more than one hundred million fossils cataloged around the world, paleontologists have never been able to uncover one that verifies the Darwinian idea of the transformation of one kind of creature to another. The theory of Evolution requires that not only different species evolve, but also creatures who are entirely different in their biological make-up.

The differences we observe in the physical construction of major kinds like fish, birds and mammals have had paleontologists searching for fossils that demonstrate how one "kind" transformed into another, a search that has proved to be in vain.

Joachim Barrande was a pioneer in paleontology and a contemporary of Charles Darwin in the 1850s. He was a meticulous and disciplined man who adhered strictly to reality, refusing to allow speculation to dominate his findings. Barrande said that the purpose of his work was to "find out reality and not to construct ephemeral theories."
While scientists of his day were jumping on the new Darwinian evolutionary bandwagon, Barrande did not, for the simple reason that he found nothing in his findings to support Evolution. Though he did find species in different stages of development, he rightly concluded that these were of the same species, but a different age. He found no evidence of one animal evolving into another kind.

Paleontology is a valuable science that can uncover facts about the distant past and the life forms that existed. Far from being a science that adds weight to the theory of Evolution, paleontology has failed to provide the "evidence" evolutionists seek, but has instead confirmed the bible's view that living things are created "according to their kind".

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