No Transitional Fossil Records - Creationism Myth
Creationists insist that there are no transitional fossils to show where evolution occurred. Apparently they've never been to a natural history museum.
There are in fact MANY many fossils which show a creature changing over time, and more are found each decade. One of the most famous is Archaeopteryx, but there is also Australopithecus in the human line and and Eusthenopteron in the fish / amphibian line. Many fossil records are so full of transitional fossils that they form complete lines, such as many reptile progressions.
Note that a transitional fossil is not necessarily a 'freak one time change'! All transitional means is that the child population has some characteristics of its parents, but that the species did not "finish" changing at that point. If the species HAD finished, then the transitional fossils wouldn't be transitional at all, they would be the End Result.
Let's say a group of moths started out white, because all of their trees were white. Let's say the trees got dirtier from pollution. As a result, the moths evolved to be darker and darker, because the white ones would be eaten and not reproduce. The moths evolved to be darker, and this would simply be their new state if they remained dark forever.
But let's say that 200 years later, an orange fungus comes along and coats all the trees. The moths evolve to be orange to survive, now the black ones are the ones being noticed and eaten. Now that the "current state" of moths is orange, the black moths become the "transitional state" between the original white and the final orange.
Scientists looking back at the record of those moths would be curious how moths got from the initial white state to the final orange state, and that black state would be the "transitional state". But the moths didn't evolve to be black because they intended to be orange! It is that black suited their current need. And then as time went on, ORANGE suited their current need. Each was appropriate for the situation of the time.
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