A Problem with Link Fossils


Originally the coelacanth was believe to be a transitional form between fish and amphibians. This was because its bone structure was different from most present-day fish. The coelacanth fish was believed to be extinct. However, in 1938 a fisherman caught two living coelacanths. He brought them to some scientists who studied the creature. After studying the creatures soft tissue they realized that the coelacanth was merely a fish and not a transitional form.

“If the case of the coelacanth illustrates anything, it shows how difficult it is to draw conclusions about the overall biology of organisms from their skeletal remains alone. Because the soft biology of extinct groups can never be known with any certainty, then obviously the status of even the most convincing intermediates is bound to be insecure.” – Michael Denton

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About Hudson

I live in Indiana. I enjoyed playing soccer all four years of high school. I co-captained and won the MVP award my senior year. I also have created many film projects, the most extensive of which won a film festival award for Best Cinematography during my senior year. It is a 10-minute short film called Café Encounter and can be watched on YouTube. I have been actively involved in my youth group and am a leader for a middle school boys group on Sunday mornings. I was also blessed to go on two mission trips to Belize and Ecuador respectively. Belize really awakened my faith in Christ and pushed me towards active obedience and love for God. Ecuador gave me a life-changing perspective on missionary work and has helped me to view myself as a missionary in my every day life, but especially with the intent of being a missionary to my work industry.

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