A paper published today in the prestigious scientific journal Nature Communicationsdescribes Kootenay National Park’s new ‘Marble Canyon’ fossil beds for the first time.
The authors suggest that the area and its extraordinary fossils will greatly further our understanding of the sudden explosion of animal life during the Cambrian Period.
Great variety among them abounds, but they are still clams. The same is true of all animals found in the Cambrian Explosion.Not one basic type or phyla of marine invertebrate is supported by an ancestral line between single-celled life and the participants in the Cambrian Explosion, nor are the basic phyla related to one another. Let's suppose you want to find the forefathers of the clams, a prominent resident of the Cambrian Explosion, for instance.As you follow the fossil clues into ever "older" strata, what do you find? The first or lowest occurrence of clams is abrupt or sudden. An evolutionary lineage is impossible to discern, for clams have always been clams.To me, the Burgess Shale is a grand tale in every way imaginable, and we are incredibly proud to be part of this new chapter and to keep the story alive and thriving in everyone’s imagination.” — Dr.Robert Gaines, Geologist, Pomona College “The Burgess Shale is a tremendously rich resource important to our understanding of the development of life on this planet.
Burgess shale dating
Each basic body plan was created, without any evolutionary lineages, directly from the mind of the Creator, a fact amply supported by the data.The data show exactly what they should show if creation is true.Transitional fossils have never been found as predicted by evolution.From all we can tell, transitional missing links are imaginary, necessary only to support the evolutionary model. As a practical result, there are now even more basic types in the lowest layers than had been known before, adding to the number of phyla that must be accounted for, none of which have known ancestors.
Think of the magnitude of this problem from an evolutionary perspective.
How can evolutionary scientists use the fossils as evidence of a common descent of all life?
Certainly if the transitional forms had been found, they would be paraded for all to see.
If evolution is correct, the first life was quite simple, evolving more complexity over time.
Yet the Cambrian Explosion of Life has revealed life's complexity from the start, giving evolution a black eye.