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Stasis - Why don’t we see just ONE isolated population making a break for it and evolve some entirely new feature?

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Why don’t we see just ONE isolated population making a break for it and evolve some entirely new feature?


Instead of searching for fossils, shouldn’t we be able to point to at least ONE live transitional or intermediate form that actually displays a partially formed NEW bone growing, new appendage beginning, or new valve forming?
If evolution is true, everything should be in perpetual state of transition and we should see a hodge-podge of everything – No defined trees, flowers, insects, fish, amphibians, mammals, birds, etc. By evolution’s own definition, changes should be perpetually creating something beyond just another species. On the other hand, why are some organisms that exist today virtually no different from fossils of organisms that are supposedly 450 million years-old?
“Until 1938, scientists thought that coelacanths went extinct 80 million years ago. But in 1938, scientists discovered a living coelacanth from a population in the Indian Ocean that looked very similar to its fossil ancestors.” 

Stasis is NOT a mechanism, but rather the acknowledgment that some organisms haven’t changed throughout time: “Although the fossil is distinct from today’s splay-footed crickets, its general features differ very little, Heads said, revealing that the genus has been in a period of ‘evolutionary stasis’ for at least the last 100 million years.” 3

The  claim that there is a Molecular Clock directly conflicts with Stasis:
“Since its proposal in the 1960s, the molecular clock has become an essential tool in many areas of evolutionary biology, including systematics, molecular ecology, and conservation genetics. The molecular clock hypothesis states that DNA and protein sequences evolve at a rate that is relatively constant over time and among different organisms. A direct consequence of this constancy is that the genetic difference between any two species is
proportional to the time since these species last shared a common ancestor.” 2

So, what is it - Change or no change?

Stasis claims that some organisms don’t change over time. The molecular clock premise states that mutations occur at a constant rate, enough that it is considered an “essential tool” (above quote) for establishing a last common ancestor. Yes, evolutionary-based science covers any and all possible conditions – Change or no change. To cover this schizophrenia, there is even another claim that Stasis ‘selectively’ occurs when terrains, climate change, and
the filling of niches inhibit evolution. But, since populations constantly go up and down in number, and climate change is perpetual, Stasis is nothing but another fanciful story compliments of Darwinism.

1. http://whoisyourcreator.com/topics/stasis/
2. Scitable by Nature Education, “The Molecular Clock and Estimating Species Divergence,” 2008. http://www.nature.com/scitable/topicpage/the-molecular-clock-and-estimating-species-divergence-41971
3. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “Rare insect fossil reveals 100 Million years of evolutionary stasis,”February 3, 2011, Physorg. http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-02-rare-insect-fossil-reveals-million.html





But the genome, and the tuatara itself, has so many other unique features all on its own. For one, scientists have found tuatara fossils dating back 150 million years, and they look exactly the same as the animals today. The fossil story dates the tuatara lineage to the Triassic Period, when dinosaurs were just starting to roam the Earth.

"The tuatara genome is really a time machine that allows us to understand what the genetic conditions were for animals that were vying for world supremacy hundreds of millions of years ago," he said. "A genome sequence from an animal this ancient and divergent could give us a better idea about what the ancestral amniote genome might have looked like."



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