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‘Eye ancestor’ debunks ID nonsense

Posted by That Other Mike on 17/12/2007

Sydney Morning Herald story:

An Australian scientist has gone one step further in debunking intelligent design (ID) by discovering evidence of an evolutionary forerunner to the modern eye.
Dr Gavin Young from the Australian National University discovered the evidence while analysing the fossilised remains of 400-million-year-old Devonian Placoderms – jawed ancestors of modern fish that were protected by thick bony armour.
Unlike all modern vertebrates, Dr Young discovered that the placoderms had a different arrangement of muscles and nerves supporting the eyeball, evidence of an intermediate stage in the evolution between jawless and jawed vertebrates.

Watch the Creationists scramble to recover…

Intelligent design isn’t either.


8 Responses to “‘Eye ancestor’ debunks ID nonsense”

  1. Selena Parsley said

    “Watch the Creationists scramble to recover…”

    Nah,those brainless Creationsits are too busy down at the “First Christian Church Of The Country Bumpkins,” handling live rattlesnakes, sacrificing chickens and counting what teeth they have left. They are too stupid to scramble anything other than eggs, and really probably can’t even do that! 😉

  2. Mike said

    Well, you said it…

  3. Selena Parsley said

    LOL, I know my kind. *grins*

    If you do ever happen to be interested in reading the other side to these brilliant evolutionist news making headlines here is a link:

    Darwin Fish Pokes ID in the Eye 12/13/2007
    Some science news outlets are having an eye-poking battle against intelligent design with the latest eye-popping claim about eye evolution. It seems to have started in Australia on Science Alert, where some exceptionally-preserved placoderm fossils were found:
    The palaeobiologist discovered that unlike all living vertebrate animals – which includes everything from the jawless lamprey fish to humans – placoderms had a different arrangement of muscles and nerves supporting the eyeball – evidence of an “intermediate stage” between the evolution of jawless and jawed vertebrates.
    “The vertebrate eye is the best example of structural perfection – as used by proponents of intelligent design to claim that something so complex couldn’t possibly have evolved,” Dr Young said.

    The creature already had fully-formed, functioning eyes. The discoverer was only claiming that a change in the arrangement of muscles and nerves around the eye hinted at a transitional arrangement between jawless fish and modern vertebrates. The suggestion that a missing link had been found, however, was enough to send other reporters wielding their fingers in battle against ID. “One in the eye for intelligent design,” jeered Brendan O’Keefe in The Australian. The Sydney Morning Herald was even more brazen: “‘Eye ancestor’ debunks ID nonsense.” The Science Alert article was slightly more reserved. Entitled “Fossil evidence of early eye,” it ended, “This means that we’re able to add one more piece to the puzzle of how the human eye came to be.”

  4. Mike said

    Uh, yeah. I don’t think I’ll be taking that site seriously anytime soon. It’s not just unscientific, it’s anti-scientific; it focusses on strawman objections to mass media portrayals of science and claims refutation thereby; and it has a thoroughly partisan agenda.

  5. Selena Parsley said

    Alright. I’ll officially leave you alone then, everything I say is going to be strawman, etc.
    Blessings & Peace

  6. Mike said

    *sigh* No, it won’t, not by definition. But I’m not going to sit back and say that the site is something it isn’t. Sorry to put it this way, but it’s junk.

  7. Selena Parsley said

    “*sigh* No, it won’t, not by definition.”
    Good. I was hoping you would say that or something like that.

    Okay, well I will be reading McGrath & Dawkins in tandem over the holidays. I’ll be back with my wee little strawgirl self.:-D

  8. Selena Parsley said

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