Transitional fossils
According to evolution, "transitional" animals must have existed, as one kind of animal evolves into another, for example, fish into reptiles, or reptiles into birds. Darwin realised that to support the concept of evolution, one would expect to discover transitional fossils of these animals. However, no intermediate species have ever been identified, no gradual change has been observed. It is the case that there are a handful of "unusual" fossils that are difficult to interpret and some claim these are evidence of transitions, but the evidence is far from conclusive.
Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species p323 says, "Intermediate links? Geology does not reveal any such finely graduated organic chain; and this, perhaps, is the most obvious and serious objection which can be urged against the theory [of evolution]"
If Darwin were alive today he would see that the fossil record still refuses to offer any evidence of an intermediate or transitional form to support his theory of evolution from one kind of animal into another (macro-evolution).
"The absence of fossil evidence for intermediary stages ... has been a persistent and nagging problem for ... evolution" Stephen Gould, Marxist Professor at Harvard, Evolution Now.
In reply to a question regarding evolutionary transitions, Dr Colin Patterson, Senior Paleontologist at the British Museum replied "I fully agree with your comments about the lack of direct illustration of evolutionary transitions in my book. If I knew of any, fossil or living, I would certainly have included them ... I will lay it on the line - there is not one such fossil for which one could make a watertight argument."
No ancestors are found for complex invertebrates (such as clams, snails, jellyfish, worms, found in Cambrian rocks). They, in turn are said to have evolved into vertebrates such as fish, but there are no transitional fossils.
Some fossils have been thought to be transitional, such as Archaeopteryx (see right), but it is a bird. "The avian features of the skull demonstrate that Archaeopteryx is a bird rather than a feathered non- avian archaeosaur" The Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, March 1996.
The fossil record indicates that each major group of animal appears abruptly and fully formed, which remains consistent with a creation account.
There is no evidence for an ape to man transition either: the missing link is still missing .
There is also a distinct lack of human remains and there are question marks over the timeline for Ancient Civilisations .

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