YOUR INNER FISH | Amazing Places, Amazing Fossils: Tiktaalik | PBS

YOUR INNER FISH | Amazing Places, Amazing Fossils: Tiktaalik | PBS


It was definitely the biggest adventure of my life This was the Canadian Arctic. Hundreds of miles away from any settlement. We had a narrow summer window of a few weeks when the weather cooperates just long enough to let us in. If we were lucky, we would reveal a desert landscape with freshly exposed rocks. We traveled thousands of miles to find fossils from one of the great transitions of evolution: The move of vertebrates from water to land. We were experienced fossil hunters. “You gotta go higher, Neil.” But now we’d have to learn to become polar explorers This part of the Arctic has rocks of the right age and the right type to hold evidence of a great transition: When our ancient fish ancestors moved from water onto land. It’s hard to believe when you look at this frozen landscape that once this was a warm, watery world swimming with life. This valley, 375 million years ago, was a giant floodplain. and that floodplain was filled with rivers that swelled their banks and sometimes shrunk but in those conditions formed swamps and streams of all different sizes. And inside those streams was diverse life. And somewhere out there our distant relatives sank into muddy graves which would preserve them for 375 million years. At the end of our stay in 2000 we found a hill loaded with fossils. and over the next four years we dug hoping to find the fossils we were looking for. It was the second week of July in 2004. We’re all working in series in this hole You know, where my head is right next to Farish’s feet and Farish’s feet is next to Steve Gatesian. We’re digging together and Steve says, “Hey guys, what’s this?” Ted and I go running over to see what Steve was referring to and what we saw was this V here. It was covered with rock. and as soon as we saw this V and we saw these teeth under it it became very clear that this little V we’re seeing is the tip of the snout and that this was the snout of a flat-headed fish. Based on other fossils from slightly younger rocks, this feature alone suggested we might have a transitional fish. OK. We get home. We knew we had a flat-headed fish but how much of it did we have? Then about a month and a half goes by. and they start to find the orbits (the eye holes). And then we see the shoulder And then we see the fins. And then we see more and more and more until we see pretty much the entire top side of the body. So you can not only say, “What did this animal look like?’ but we can begin to ask, “You know how did it work?” “How did move about in these 375-million-year-old streams?” The local Inuit people came up with the name Tiktaalik for our fossil. It means large freshwater fish. But although this creature had the scales and fin of a fish, it also had the flat head and rotating neck of a land animal. And when we looked at its fins we realized it had the beginnings of the bone structure that’s shared by all four-limbed vertebrates today. It had versions of an upper arm and forearm, even parts of a wrist. This was a fish from a pivotal moment in evolutionary history. Descendants of fish like Tiktaalik would go on to spawnreptiles, mammals and, eventually, us.

17 thoughts on “YOUR INNER FISH | Amazing Places, Amazing Fossils: Tiktaalik | PBS

  1. Tetrapod footprints found in lower rock layers than tiktaalik: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v463/n7277/full/463040a.html

    Translation: There were four-footed creatures walking on dry land waaaayyy before tiktaalik.

    back to the drawing board – still looking for that transitional fossil….

  2. In his book, Your Inner Fish, Shubin admits we can't prove that Tiktaalik led to four legged animals. Yet he asserts that, if not, "something like it" was. The evidence for "something like it" that he offers? Zero. Let's see how pseudoscience is being used to convince you that you are nothing but a fish update who sprang from some antiscientific primal pond type scenario, and who certainly doesn't have a Heavenly Father Who…loves…you. Then let's look at some real science, a bit outside the box.
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    We have been told that life came from inorganic matter. Now, science must have observable data to be valid and must not ignore the actual data. The actual data, per the LAW of Biogenesis? Life always comes only from life and life of the same kind. Theories are fine if they don't defy the actual evidence. Even in labs, with intelligent design and high tech equipment, life has never been created. The best they can do is take an already living cell and alter it with genetic engineering, or get a few components of the cell, not nearly all of them at al, which never come close to being alive..
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    The needed proteins and other components of a cell are not only not all there, they are not arranged as they need to be arranged – in statistically impossible ways if random chance had put them together. No one has even gotten close to creating life. It should be easy. Just take a simple cell or any life form that has died. There you have all the components needed for life – except life. So why can't anyone do a Dr. Frankenstein on any of them? (And kindly don't say that evolution doesn't "do" abiogenesis. Look. It's in evolution writings and documentaries, and all over the net and YT.)
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    We have also been told as gawd's truth scientific fact that a 3 foot high ape type creature, an Australopithecus, Lucy, was your great, great etc. granny. Based on? Some minor similarities, namely "similar homology", namely the Correlation Does Not Imply Causation logical fallacy. The fact that she was pretty much like any other ol' Australopithecus was irrelevant to them. Incomplete Comparison logical fallacy.
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    Since evolutionists are always disagreeing with one another on everything, now some of them say, No, it wasn't Lucy but some other such creature. Some creature with no evidence it existed. Presuming Omniscience logical fallacy.
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    Now how do they know Lucy et al even had a single descendant, much less one significantly different from it, much less one that could turn into you? Presuming Omniscience logical fallacy.
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    Guess for how long any "transitions" are missing between you and Lucy or some other transition du jour? Oh, for just 2 to 5 million Darwin years! The rocks say no transitions exist. The evo spin, their Presuming Omniscience logical fallacy, tells you, again as gawd's truth scientific fact, that they are just "missing."
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    We've also been told that we came via a fish, Tiktaalik. The story goes that this…fish…was found in just the right place for a "transition". Problem is, it's 100% nothing but a…fish. See Wiki describing it as "an extinct species of lobe finned fish." Google the fossil of Tiktaalik, which is mostly missing. Do those tiny fin fragments look like they could be said to be turning into legs – without the Presuming Omniscience logical fallacy? Yet we see all sorts of fanciful art work of Tik with long, muscular "evolving" legs, bending as the fish transits, supposedly, to land. The real evidence?
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    In countless billions of fossils and in living examples, all we ever see are 100% fish and 100% tetrapods/four legged animals. (No, mud skippers and "walking" catfish are not transitions. They are using their 100% fins in an unusual way, similar to a flying fish which is no way turning into a bird.)
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    Evolutionists are constantly picking up fossils like Tiktaalik from the ground and telling you, for up to over a 100 million Darwin years, what happened to their invisible and evidenceless billions of "descendants." Never ask them how to tell missing links from non existent links. And then they accuse Christians of being into "magical thinking." And, as a former atheist, I agreed with that!
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    You are not a fish update. You are infinitely more than that. Here is some actual, observable and documented evidence, to help you see that: Now in the Bible we are told of a Man Who believed in Adam and Eve and Noah as being actual, historical figures. The Bible says He did miracles and told others to do things like raise the dead and heal the sick. It also describes His death and burial. Is there any actual scientific data to support those stories?
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    See secular news reports about Val Thomas, dead for 17 hours but now alive and normal after prayers from her family and her Church. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPHycsIdB1Y .
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    See Medical Marvel Beyond Chance, from a secular source, with a pediatrician giving his report. this one attesting to a dying child's healing which cannot be explained by modern medicine, and came after a relative laid hands on her and prayed for her. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xyko-56NCSw The DNA in every cell in her body was transformed.
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    See CBN's short vid with Dean Braxton. You'll hear his critical care doctor, rated the best patient care doctor in Washington state, saying "It is a miracle…a miracle…" that Braxton is alive, has no brain damage and is normal in every way. Why? He had no heart beat and no respiration for 1 3/4 hours! His family believed in divine healing and they and others were praying for him. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3Zjt8r-hNA . Also see CBN Dr. Chauncey Crandall Raises A Man From The Dead. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-7ZkleLu1w Part 1. This video is a bit faded but has the most complete information on this story.
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    Get Dr. Richard Casdorph's book The Miracles. There he gives medical documentation for miracles, mostly, but not all, from Kathryn Kuhlman's healing services. Casdorph came to Kuhlman's meetings to debunk her but turned into a supporter, as did other doctors. You can see him and other doctors in some of her healing services on YT. (She is now deceased.) Delores Winder is one of the cases documented in his book. You can watch her amazing story on YT with Sid Roth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfdG5czaUX0&t=7s
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    Bruce Van Natta was in a horrific accident and lost about 80% of his small intestine. Someone he never met was told to take a plane to lay hands on him and pray for him and to his doctors' amazement, his small intestines grew back! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYwFqeHBA28
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    Here we see many witnessees testifying to food being multilplied miraculously. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwsuYYIJ3Rg
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    Do you think that Someone Who can raise the dead, restore missing body parts, and multiply food out of nothing, needed "evolution" to make life forms? No, He created them fully formed and fully functional in 6 days just as Genesis, a Book He always supported, tells you.
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    Then there is the Shroud of Turin. If you don't know, the Shroud is a linen burial shroud with the faint, blood stained, image of a crucified man on it. If you have heard that the Shroud was proven to be a Medieval fake based on carbon 14 testing, in the documentary Jesus And The Shroud of Turin, you can see the very inventor of carbon 14 testing saying that the sample was invalid due to contamination. . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTtDhvk_aw4 . The vid demonstrates many miraculous features such as pollen from Jerusalem and faint images of flowers that are found only in the Jerusalem area during the spring, as at Passover when Messiah was crucified. With modern technology we also see that the Shroud has an x ray quality which even reveals the bones and dentition of the Man on the Shroud.
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    In the 70s a NASA scientist noticed the Shroud's photographs had inexplicable, unique in the world, qualities. He got up a team of scientists, called STURP, to examine it in person in Italy. (No, the Shroud is not "just a Catholic thing" as the Vatican only came into possession of it fairly recently in history.) They used NASA, and other, high tech equipment, with 100s of thousands of hours of research. Their findings are seen all over the net and were published in respected science journals.
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    The team was composed of 3 Jews, at least one agnostic and one atheist, and people of various faiths. They all agreed on these things: The Shroud image was not painted on, and they have no clue how it got there. It exactly matches, down to blood stains where a crown of thorns would be, the description of Messiah's death and burial as given in the Bible. The image could not be duplicated with modern technology.
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    About the Shroud I say "If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck and waddles like a duck, maybe it's a duck."
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    Maybe that Man on the Shroud is your very Best Friend and Savior. I pray you will find that out. You're going to need a miracle some day friend. They are out there in abundance for those who humbly seek them from their Creator, the One Who made all that DNA out there, and Who said, "Whoever comes to Me I will no way cast out."

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