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Can Evolutionists Finally Explain the Cambrian Explosion?

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One of the biggest puzzles to evolutionists today (besides the platypus) is the Cambrian Explosion.

No other rock layers have caused evolutionists so much bewilderment. How did life suddenly diversify and rapidly evolve during this time period supposedly half a billion years ago?

Some secular scientists think they might have the answer.

A new study suggests that some “remarkably well-preserved fossils” are the clue scientists need to understand the Cambrian Explosion. More specifically, they point to a Namacalathus fossil found in the Ediacaran period (the geological layers just underneath the Cambrian in certain areas of the world).

Using their evolutionary worldview to interpret the data, the scientists compared these soft tissue remains to animals that supposedly evolved much later like mollusks and worms. As a result, they concluded that the Namacalathus was likely an early ancestor of Cambrian creatures.

Are there interpretations correct? Well, the answer isn’t as simple as it might seem to secular academia.

What Is the Cambrian Explosion?

To understand this new study’s findings, we need to understand what exactly the Cambrian Explosion is.

Simply put, it’s what evolutionists call the “explosion” of diverse and complex creatures discovered in Cambrian rock layers all around the world.

Fossils found in Precambrian layers—which are underneath the Cambrian and encompass several alleged periods of millions of years—are typically referred to as “simple” life forms. These include single-cell organisms like eubacteria or archaea, microscopic multi-cell organisms, soft-bodied creatures like jellyfish, and so on.

This Precambrian layer is incredibly thick, leading evolutionists to believe that it comprises billions of years, or seventh-eighths of the earth’s history.

Yet fossils found in the Cambrian layers are much more complex (at least in an evolutionary view). Cambrian fossils include vertebrates and encompass almost all known animal groups. To evolutionists, this seems like a random and sudden “explosion” in life and evolutionary progress.

But is it?

A Biblical Perspective of the Cambrian Explosion

While evolutionists put the Cambrian Explosion at a little more than half a billion years ago, creationists believe this layer was laid down just 4,500 years ago or so when the global Flood ravaged the earth. This explains why we see sea creatures buried on a worldwide scale.

But what about the Precambrian layers? Why don’t we find many fossils there?

Well, as AiG’s Kurt P. Wise explains, the early stages of the Flood—when the “fountains of the great deep were broken up” (Genesis 7:11)—were incredibly violent. As a result, these early stages of the Flood likely shaved most of the pre-Flood sediment off the ocean floors, destroying most of the fossils created during pre-Flood history.

“Then, only after the violence of the waters had partially settled down, would the sediment and freshly killed sea-dwelling organisms begin forming the first sedimentary rocks and fossils from the Flood (the Cambrian rocks and fossils),” says Wise. “So only rarely, if at all, would pre-Flood fossils be expected beneath the earliest Flood rocks.”

The Cambrian Explosion might be a mystery to evolutionists, but not to creation scientists.

Where Secular Scientists Are Getting It Wrong

Because this sudden “explosion” of life in the Cambrian layer has been such a mystery, scientists were excited when they thought they had found a viable ancestor for certain Cambrian creatures in the Ediacaran layer.

But they used their biased evolutionary worldview to interpret the data, leading them to wrong conclusions.

Throughout the study we mentioned earlier, you’ll find words conveying uncertainty, such as “may,” “possibly,” and “inferred.” This means the scientists don’t really know for sure whether or not their interpretations are correct. In other words, they know they’re making assumptions!

The reason scientists can’t find viable ancestors for Cambrian animals is because God didn’t use macroevolution to create the world.

In fact, as scientists study Precambrian layers more, the only fossils they find are bizarre creatures that are vastly different from Cambrian organisms!

This presents a problem for evolutionists—but not for creationists. We know that Cambrian animals didn’t evolve from simpler creatures. God made all animal kinds on Days 5 and 6 of Creation Week, and those rock layers were laid down during Noah’s Flood just 4,500 years ago.

Learn more about the geological column from a biblical perspective by watching The Fossil Record: Proof of Noah’s Flood on Answers.tv!