#2 Story of 2020: Kimberella Is No Solution to the Cambrian Conundrum

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None of the Cambrian animal phyla is represented in the Ediacaran fossil record. Source
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Grandeur in Extinctions?

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New corollary to an old law: Put Darwinian assumptions in, and you will get Darwinian models out. Source
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Look: On Thanksgiving, Be Grateful for the Intelligent Design of Your Eyes

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COVID restrictions may have put a damper on the traditional Thanksgiving celebration. But even lockdowns can't stop us from giving thanks. Source
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Scientific Paper Reaffirms New Genes Required for Cambrian Explosion

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The notion that many genes would be required for the Cambrian explosion may seem unsurprising — what is surprising is that anyone would challenge the idea. Source
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Kimberella Is No Solution to the Cambrian Conundrum

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The fossil record speaks clearly and cries out loud: the history of life on Earth is a history of saltations. Source
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Reconstructing Kimberella — The Disputed Anatomy in Detail

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Fossils often leave much room for very different interpretations of relatively poor evidence. Source
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Kimberella — Conflicting Evidence from Taphonomy

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The fossilization of Kimberella specimens was most likely based on rapid burial with sand during storm events. Source
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In Carbon Isotope Excursions, Darwinists Lose Another Excuse for the Cambrian Explosion

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The claim that a spike in carbon isotope concentrations led to the explosion of biological diversity in the Cambrian doesn’t hold up, as if it would have helped, anyway. Source
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Ancestor of All Animals in 555-Million-Year-Old Ediacaran Sediments?

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For my series of articles about alleged Ediacaran animals predating the Cambrian explosion there is a new candidate that deserves a closer view: New research on Ediacaran fossils was just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by a team of scientists from UC Riverside (Evans et al. 2020), and it has already made global news headlines including, “Ancestor of all animals identified in Australian fossils” (University of California 2020) and the even more sensational, “Fossil hunters find evidence of 555m-year-old human relative” (Davis 2020). What did those scientists discover and are their far-reaching conclusions really justified?  Grains of Rice The authors of this study looked at fossil layers from the National Heritage Nilpena site in the Flinders Range of South Australia, which are slightly older than…
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