[Today's post is excerpted from Living Fossils by scientific researcher Dr. Carl Werner. This book is volume 2 in the series, Evolution: The Grand Experiment, also by Dr. Werner. In this article the author discovers amazing similarities between fossilized species and living species, although both have different genus and species names. Living Fossils is published by New Leaf Press.]
Most everyone is familiar with scallops, or bivalve shellfish (Phylum Mollusca). They are the icon for Shell Oil Company. A scallop shell has 2 main parts – the shell with its “ribs,” and the hinge joint with its “ears.” The delicate ears of the joint tend to break off easily, as anyone picking up scallop shells along a beach knows.
Both a living scallop shell and a fossilized scallop shell are compared in the book, Living Fossils. Both are similar in size and shape and both have 20 ribs, but the fossilized scallop has no ears. Otherwise, the scallops are identical. Their biological classifications, however, are quite different, leading adherents of the theory of evolution to believe this particular sea creature has gone extinct.
So it is with saltwater clams, another familiar variety of bivalve shellfish. The fossilized clam was found at the Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta, Canada in dinosaur rock layers. A fossilized freshwater clam found at the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona, along with the dinosaur, Coelophysis, matches identically to the modern-day freshwater clam. Trouble is, the genus names are different and the species name for the fossil is undetermined. Mussels and Cockscomb oysters tell the same story: that these shellfish were alive at the time dinosaurs roamed the earth and have not changed dramatically since. This is a fulfillment of the author’s prediciton, “if evolution was not true, I would find modern animals in dinosaur rock layers.
Onward to snails (Phylum Mollusca), the second major class of shellfish living today. Snails are easily recognized by their single-coiled shells. At the Dinosaur National Monument in Utah, fossilized snails were found, along with a Stegosaurus dinosaur and a host of long-necked sauropod dinosaurs. Amazingly, the fossil nearly replicates a living snail from the author’s home aquarium.
Saltwater snails, moon snails, slit shells, and even smaller classes of the Phylum Mollusca such as the chambered nautilus, tusk shells, and sea cradles all have nearly identical fossilized ancestors which are identified as extinct due to their different biological classifications. In fact, examples from all five major classes of shellfish living today in the Phylum Mollusca have also been found in dinosaur rock layers. Even lamp shells from the more obscure Phylum Brachiopoda have been found in rock layers.
Could the theory of evolution be just that, a theory?