The Bible and Science: Earth, amazing biology
By Raymond Strom
The evolutionary scenario for Earth is that life made its first appearance roughly 4.3 billion years ago. This early life, in its simplest forms, gradually became more complex as time progressed, and ultimately has resulted in man. While in centuries past, the source of complexity has not been known, more recently it has been believed that external complexity of life is governed by the internal complexity of the cell, namely, DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). In this view, the complexity of life over time is a reflection of the evolution of complexity of the internal workings of the cell. This implies that all organisms will have a progression of time/genetic changes that occur over the last 4.3 billion years, growing in complexity over time. But is that the case?
A new study indicates that virtually all animal life currently (extant) on Earth arrived here recently relative to evolutionary time. The original technical paper by Stoeckle and Thaler, Why should mitochondria define species? lays out a host of interesting material. The paper is full of quotables, but a portion of the abstract really says it all, “A straightforward hypothesis is that the extant populations of all animal species have arrived at a similar result consequent to a similar process of expansion from mitochondrial uniformity within the last one to several hundred thousand years.” Interpretation – It appears that virtually all living animals originated recently, in the same time frame as man. Evolution – ouch! This paper looks at DNA barcodes that are used to delineate the relationships between organisms.
Journalist Marlowe Hood outlines the key points very well. In his article, “Sweeping gene survey reveals new facets of evolution” (May 28, 2018), he states of the Stoeckle-Thaler paper, “In analysing the barcodes across 100,000 species, the researchers found a telltale sign showing that almost all the animals emerged about the same time as humans.”
Hood goes on to say, “And yet – another unexpected finding from the study – species have very clear genetic boundaries, and there’s nothing much in between.” Interpretation – there appears to be no transitional forms between these animals. ‘The absence of “in-between” species is something that also perplexed Darwin, he said.”
So another landmark discovery appears to support one of the origins models. Recent arrival and clear boundaries between groups of animals. I would think that this sounds just like the Biblical Creation Model.