Are there good examples of fossilised transitional forms.Are there good examples of fossilised transitional forms? Creationists say that there are no transitional forms, Evolutionists say that...

Are there good examples of fossilised transitional forms.

Are there good examples of fossilised transitional forms? Creationists say that there are no transitional forms, Evolutionists say that there are. This is confusing for me because I don't know who to believe. Who's right? Are there transitional forms?

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M.P. Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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Fossilized transitional forms ARE real, and they can be found in a bunch of hot spots throughout planet Earth, namely the coast of England, where you could perhaps find a fossil encrusted within just about every rock on the seashore. The problem with Creationists is that they have a tendency to deny what is obvious, and they also over-complicate the obvious. How can they say that there are no fossilised transitional forms where there are countless museums that have devoted millions of dollars and decades to the collection of these very historical items! What is the big ol' dinosaur that stands in the middle of the Fernbanks museum in Atlanta? A toy? The argument is so ridiculous that I even feel silly getting mad at it. However, it is one of the sad realities of the world in which we live.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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In a way, this is all based on what you want to believe.  Fossils don't come with labels on them saying "certified transitional form."  Paleontologists have to look at the fossils (which are usually fragmentary) and try to compare them to life forms that came before and after.  There is no way to prove that life form A evolved from life form B and into life form C.

So I don't think there is any way to prove to a creationist that a fossil is transitional or to prove to an evolutionist that it is not.  I personally believe that there are transitional forms (not least in human origins).  But, as I said, there are no labels on them and so it is all informed guessing...

To see a couple examples of transitional fossils, follow the link below.

http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evosite/lines/IAtransitional.shtml

 

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frizzyperm | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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This is not a subject which depends on 'what you believe'.

The fossil record is a cast-iron reflection of the theory of evolution. All the fossils conform to the chronology of the Earth (4.5 billion years old) and the progressive development of species through the process of evolution. Every single fossil is in the right geological place (and place = time)

The fossil record absolutely refutes the theory of creationism.

Rocks can be dated. These dates give us a time-line. EVERY SINGLE FOSSIL EVER FOUND fits into the time-line proposed by geology and evolution. The fossil record does not in any way support the idea that all fossils were created during the biblical flood a few thousand years ago.

This is not a mtatter of 'opinion' or 'personal belief' or 'interpretation'. There is a 100% correlation between the millions of fossils which have been discovered and the theory of evolution.

If you can find JUST ONE FOSSIL that is misplaced in the geological time-line, you will disprove evolution. Good luck in your search.

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