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Discovered: the missing link that solves a mystery of evolution

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posted on Apr, 6 2006 @ 02:08 AM
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See, here.




Discovered: the missing link that solves a mystery of evolution

Scientists have made one of the most important fossil finds in history: a missing link between fish and land animals, showing how creatures first walked out of the water and on to dry land more than 375m years ago.

Palaeontologists have said that the find, a crocodile-like animal called the Tiktaalik roseae and described today in the journal Nature, could become an icon of evolution in action - like Archaeopteryx, the famous fossil that bridged the gap between reptiles and birds.

As such, it will be a blow to proponents of intelligent design, who claim that the many gaps in the fossil record show evidence of some higher power.

More...



I find this article amusing when juxtaposed to this thread.


[edit on 6-4-2006 by loam]




posted on Apr, 6 2006 @ 03:42 AM
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What an ugly walking fish. I was just gonna post this alternate article about the same subject matter.

I was confused about where to put it, so I checked the Cryptid forum first. Then I went into this forum just to see if anyone had that sort of humour and it looks like you've beat me to it, loam



posted on Apr, 6 2006 @ 07:21 AM
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And I think it's important to point out that the scientists looked in an area that is inhospitable to most living things today, using modern evolutionary theories they knew that

(a) the area dated to the right time in the geological past to be in the transitional period,

and (b) at that time it had the right kind of environment for such life - it was not a lucky find, but one based on research and prediction, in turn based on ToE (geology and biology aspects)

The beauty of ToE



[edit on 6-4-2006 by melatonin]



posted on Apr, 6 2006 @ 09:10 AM
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LOL...great find, Loam.



posted on Apr, 6 2006 @ 09:51 AM
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~^

thats a tetrapod, not a fish, at least in the article i read wednesday

it is strange that it had leg & arm 'joints' of a sort, and it had scales,
even that several intact fossils were uncovered up in Canada
that are (if i recall correctly) around 9 ft long!

what really amazed me more was that the present Canadian site, ~600miles south of Arctic,
was once equatorial, when there was only one super-continent in the planets ocean.

i do guess that some will see these tetrapods as 'transitioning' from one species to another
~and to others~
these tetrapods will be seen as just creatures which merely filled the gaps(between species) which Nature is designed to do



posted on Apr, 6 2006 @ 01:07 PM
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www.news.harvard.edu...
www.eurekalert.org...
More links to it.

All I can say is HAhahahahahahaha!!!!!
Is this another fossil God put to test our faith, is it Creationists? Or was it Satan that put this fossil there to lead you astray?



posted on Apr, 6 2006 @ 01:21 PM
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I don't see anything funny about the testing of someones heartfelt faith.

Who's to say DNA isn't the mechanism that allows directed evolution?
nano-tinkertoys. Move a few parts around, and you get fins, move em again FEET!

On the other hand, It's nice to see the gaps getting filled in.
I lean more towards natural selection, and this is a great example of
a transitional species.



posted on Apr, 6 2006 @ 10:43 PM
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Originally posted by spacedoubt
I don't see anything funny about the testing of someones heartfelt faith.

Who's to say DNA isn't the mechanism that allows directed evolution?
nano-tinkertoys. Move a few parts around, and you get fins, move em again FEET!

On the other hand, It's nice to see the gaps getting filled in.
I lean more towards natural selection, and this is a great example of
a transitional species.


Slowly but surely, science (real science, I means) will find all the pieces of the puzzle, and put that creationist-I.D. where it belong (in the dust bin of history).



posted on Apr, 6 2006 @ 10:57 PM
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Personally, that "missing link" is nothing but an over-sized giant mudskipper with a crocodile head.


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posted on Apr, 6 2006 @ 11:05 PM
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Originally posted by spacedoubt
I don't see anything funny about the testing of someones heartfelt faith.


I do!
hey that is a really awsome looking fossil! next step-cloning it so i can have a really cool new pet! 50 years from now-"hey did you here that myth about Tiktaalik roseaes in the sewers?" haha go science!



posted on Apr, 6 2006 @ 11:30 PM
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Um, not to be the one to be the thread police or anything, but there technically is a thread about this, that was created before this one.
Missing Link Fish

Though this thread does have more responses...



posted on Apr, 6 2006 @ 11:46 PM
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Then this thread should be closed in favor of that one.


*MODS? Loam, did it again...Clean up on aisle six!!!*



posted on Apr, 6 2006 @ 11:51 PM
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No, neither should be closed, since this one has many more posts.

Just saying so for more record keeping reasons.



posted on Apr, 7 2006 @ 12:27 AM
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Yeah, but it's really not fair to the effort of the other poster.



posted on Apr, 7 2006 @ 12:43 AM
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Yeha, but logically this thread is the dominant one.

Gotta be more Vulcanesque, this thread is more inforative, and while, remember the saying;
"The needs of the many outweigh the wants of the few."

Anyways, yeah.



posted on Apr, 7 2006 @ 12:56 AM
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How Darwinian of you....


But you forget there are roughly 55 "others" (they know who they are
), who can slap a lock on a thread faster than spit gettin' wet.


*loam dutifully awaits his punishment*




posted on Apr, 7 2006 @ 01:05 AM
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Maybe it's because I'm overtly tired, but after being called Darwinian (Darwin rocks! WOOH!), I have no idea what you said, well I read the words, but I don't understand the meaning.



posted on Apr, 7 2006 @ 01:10 AM
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i was all wrong. i read 'missing link found' and immediatelly thought of the man-ape missing link. i was goin gto say that i went to high-school with the guy that all the evolutionists are lookin for.

let me see if i got this right:
thick brow
hairy knuckles
arms of longer length than legs
barely able to walk up-right
body covered in thick, corse hair
small fore-brain
????

if this is the criteria for the missing ape-man link then his name is lonnie w. and he lives in anderson, in.
if not, then i should probaly read the threads before i post...

actually, humor aside, i agree with the poster who said that this fossil most resembles a mudskipper/salamander sized large. the porblem is that as amphibians, their bones are not full osteostized (hardened) thus making them poor fossil fodder. enless i completely forgot my college biology, in which case ignore me and my posts, cause i'm an idiot....



posted on Apr, 7 2006 @ 01:18 AM
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Originally posted by iori_komei
Maybe it's because I'm overtly tired, but after being called Darwinian (Darwin rocks! WOOH!), I have no idea what you said, well I read the words, but I don't understand the meaning.




You said this was the "dominant" thread... In keeping with the theme of this thread, I went for the Darwinian analogy of "survival of the fittest."

The "55 others" refers to the MODS, who CLEARLY win (if they chose) the dominance game hands down.


The "...can slap a lock on a thread faster than spit gettin' wet," means they can close a thread pretty fast.

Don't worry, iori_komei, I was the one being too obtuse.


[edit on 7-4-2006 by loam]



posted on Apr, 7 2006 @ 01:36 AM
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Ok, thanks for explaining it loam, I was starting to feel blunt.



>>Is very glad he knows what obtuse means.



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