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Q: How should Christians interpret missing links?
A: The news is often full of alleged missing links between dinosaurs and birds, like Archaeopteryx or Sinosauropteryx, or between man and ape-like creatures, such as Lucy (Australopithecus afarensis). Most of the time, secular reports give an “age,” not a rock layer. This age is an interpretation of the rock layer where the fossil was found—keep that in mind. This age is not a measured quantity but an interpreted one (from chemical analyses or position in the strata sequence’s uniformitarian timeframe).
And how is it interpreted? It is interpreted in light of millions of years being an absolute fact that cannot be questioned. So sometimes you have to do some searching to find out what rock layer the fossil was found in. Sometimes you can do some “reverse engineering” by taking the age and back-translating it to what rock layer the fossil was found in. For example, if someone says the fossil is 73 million years old, then this would be Cretaceous rock.
Continue reading for more information and charts to help you reverse-engineer these alleged ages to a rock layer.
News to Note Quick Look
Bonded bird behavior: Many bird species establish monogamous life-long relationships, but is it boy-meets-girl or boy-meets-buddy? Zebra finches normally pair bond, so Dr. Julie Elie’s team at UC Berkeley raised sixteen male finches together to see what would happen. Read more.
Early eel: Dubbed Protoanguilla palau—meaning “first eel”—this little eel is prompting a redrawing of his family tree. Discovered in western Pacific caves 35 meters deep, the eel seems like a patchwork from the eel time machine. Read more.
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