Cambrian Explosion Shows Wide Gaps in Fossil Record


Article #294

by Bill Nugent

The Cambrian Explosion is the term used to describe the sudden appearance of an extremely large number of diverse fossils in the fossil record. The Cambrian rock layer is at the lowest level of significant fossil bearing rock layers. The Precambrian rock layer, which is just below the Cambrian, has extremely few fossils. The Cambrian rock layer has billions of fossils. The transition from the Precambrian to the Cambrian rock layer has been called the “Great Nonconformity.” The Cambrian Explosion has been called the “Big Bang” of the theory of evolution.


Darwinian evolutionists have been puzzled and perplexed for more than a century in trying to explain how such a wide variety of marine invertebrates and other Cambrian organisms could suddenly evolve and be fossilized. Cambrian fossils include clams and crabs that look very similar to clams and crabs that are alive today. There are Cambrian fossils of insects, worms and many other organisms.


Adam Sedgwick (1785-1873) of the generation that preceded Darwin, discovered the first Cambrian fossils in Wales and wrote about them in 1835. Sedgwick gave the name “Cambrian” to the rock layer, deriving it from the Latin “Cambria” which was the Roman name for Wales. The Cambrian rock layers with the most high quality fossils have since been found in Canada and China.


If you do a search on the internet you can see many photos of Cambrian fossil clams. They look like clams you would find on the beach today. What you won’t find, no matter how hard you search, is a Precambrian or Cambrian ancestral clam. What did a clam supposedly evolve from? Where are the proto-clams? A clam is a bivalve which means it has two shells with a hinge. Do they expect us to believe that two shelled clams evolved from clams on the half shell?


Ask the evolutionist to explain the absence of fossil precursors to crabs. Crabs are crustaceans. They have exoskeletons, meaning the skeleton is on the outside of the soft tissue. How could an exoskeleton evolve by incremental favorable mutations over many generations and leave no transitional fossils in Cambrian and Precambrian rock?


It’s not just creationists but leading evolutionist scholars have noted the glaring gaps in the fossil record. German Jewish UCal Berkley Professor, Richard Goldschmidt (1878-1958) put forward his “hopeful monster” hypothesis. This was the highly strained claim that evolution occurred in great leaps powered by macromutations that caused radical changes in organisms. Darwinists largely rejected the hopeful monster theory.


The science of genetics has shown that mutations are destructive errors that virtually never add useful information to DNA. A small minority of mutations are beneficial to the organism. One study has shown that beneficial mutations are less than one in two thousand mutations. One cause of genetic mutations is radiation. Radiation doesn’t carry nucleotide base pairs and add them to the DNA. Radiation damages DNA as it is being synthesized and rearranges the sequence of base pairs that already exist in the DNA.


Stephen J. Gould (1941-2002) was a very prominent Darwinist author and lecturer. He proposed the “punctuated equilibrium” hypothesis to try to explain the lack of transitional forms. Gould was very frank in his admission that there are wide gaps in the fossil record.


Let’s look again at the fact that clams and crabs are essentially the same today as they were in Cambrian times. Evolutionists claim that the Cambrian explosion occurred over 500 million years ago. Are we to believe that hundreds of varieties of marine invertebrates and insects rapidly evolved in a short space of time and then essentially stopped evolving for 500 million years? If evolution is true, why the stoppage of evolutionary progress?


Insects have very short life spans and prolific reproduction rates making them the ideal laboratory for observing evolution. We see insect fossils essentially unchanged through all the rock strata from the Cambrian on up to today. We see fossils of flying insects in the fossil record without precursors or transitional forms.


Darwinists do some clever storytelling and draw pictures of what transitional forms would look like but don’t produce the goods. More than 90% of all fossils that have ever been dug up from all strata are marine invertebrates (clams, crabs, etc.). They form excellent fossils because their shells preserve very well. If clams and crabs evolved into existence there should be millions of transitional fossils. Precambrian worms are claimed to be the ancestors of Cambrian life. Where is a fossil worm/clam? Ask a Darwinist to show you a worm/crab.


Darwinists tend to focus on alleged human evolution because the remains of extinct apes do not fossilize well. Most of an ape carcass is soft tissue. Only the bones are fossilized and the major discoveries involve incomplete skeletons or fragments of bones. This limited evidence gives leeway for creative storytelling and bizarre inferences on the part of the Darwinists. Human evolution is a farce.


It is indisputable that we observe great gaps in the fossil record. The missing links are still missing more than a century after Darwin. The bottom line is that the fossil record is consistent with the Bible’s claim that God created living things in the beginning, within the biblical timeframe, in the same forms as they are today.


Darwinian evolution is a nineteenth century theory. Darwinism is falsified by the findings of twentieth and twentyfirst century science. Charles Darwin saw cells through early microscopes. He saws cells as little sacks with dots in the middle. He thought cells were simple and could form by chance. Darwin saw the work of Sedgwick and others on Cambrian fossils. Darwin saw the gaps in the fossil record and thought further digging would fill the gaps. The gaps in the Cambrian fossil record have never been filled. There are wide gaps at all levels of the fossil record.


Darwinism functions more as a pseudo religious faith than as a scientific hypothesis. The Darwinists dominate our public educational system. They, whether deliberately or not, blaspheme the creator. They bet their souls that there is no God. That’s a losing bet!


The Bible is a book of revelation about God and contains moral teachings. The Bible also contains hundreds of prophecies that have been fulfilled down through history. The prophecies and their fulfillments are like God’s signature on His holy book. The prophecies offer proof that the Bible is inspired by God.


God sent Jesus of Nazareth, the promised Messiah of Israel, in fulfillment of over 300 prophecies that were written in the Old Testament hundreds of years before His birth. The prophecies foretold that He would suffer and die taking the penalty of our sins upon Himself and that He would rise from the dead to offer forgiveness of sins to all who repent and call upon Him. Turn to Christ today to receive forgiveness of sins!

Steps to salvation:

Jesus said “Ye must be born again” (John 3:7).

  • 1) Believe that God created you and loves you and sent the Messiah (Messiah is Hebrew for Christ) to redeem you.
  • 2) Believe that Jesus Christ came in fulfillment of over 300 Bible prophecies to die for you, to take upon Himself the penalty of your sins (Isaiah 53:5-6, John 6:29, Romans 4:5, First Peter 3:18).
  • 3) Turn from sin and call on the name of Jesus to receive forgiveness of sins (Romans 10:13).
  • 4) Receive Jesus as Savior and experience the new birth (John 1:12, Acts 2:38).
  • 5) Follow Jesus Christ as Lord (John 14:21).

Prayer to receive salvation:

“Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).

To receive the salvation that Jesus purchased for us at the terrible cost of His suffering and death on our behalf I invite you to pray this simple prayer:

“Dear heavenly Father, I thank you for sending Jesus, the promised Messiah, to die for my sins. I admit that I am a sinner. I repent of my sins and I ask for your forgiveness on the basis of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I ask you to fill me with your Holy Spirit to empower me to serve you under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, Amen.”

If you prayed this prayer in the humble sincerity of your heart then you have received everlasting life, which includes power to live right in this life and entrance into heaven in the afterlife!

(C) 2016 William P. Nugent, permission granted to email or republish for Christian outreach.

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