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Early Insects

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A new discovery challenges the naturalistic paradigm for life’s history on Earth. Zoologists found a fossil in a British museum of a winged insect possessing double-hinged mandibles (jaws). The chert in which the insect was found is between 396 and 407 million years old. This date establishes that certain modern insect features have been stable—that is, nonevolving—for at least the past 400 million years. It also establishes that these modern insect features must have arisen relatively rapidly previous to 400 million years ago. Such a history for insect morphology poses a challenge to naturalistic models of biological evolution, but are easily explained by a biblical creation model.

Michael S. Engel and David A. Grimaldi, “New Light Shed on the Oldest Insect,” Nature, 427 (2004), pp. 627-630. cgi-taf/DynaPage.taf?file=/nature/journal/v427/n6975/abs/nature02291_fs.html

Subjects: Life Design

Dr. Fazale Rana

In 1999, I left my position in R&D at a Fortune 500 company to join Reasons to Believe because I felt the most important thing I could do as a scientist is to communicate to skeptics and believers alike the powerful scientific evidence—evidence that is being uncovered day after day—for God’s existence and the reliability of Scripture. Read more about Dr. Fazale Rana