A Strikingly Large Mouth

By Curtis Rittenour
Posted January 31, 2017

Researchers are claiming that a fossil recently discovered in central China is the oldest—supposedly at 540 million years old—relative to humans. “We think that as an early deuterostome, this may represent the primitive beginnings of a very diverse range of species, including ourselves,” Simon Conway Morris, a professor of evolutionary palaeobiology at the University of Cambridge, said in a statement.

The tiny creature was only a millimeter (0.04 inches) long and is said to have likely lived between grains of sand on the seafloor during the early Cambrian period. It appears to have had thin skin and muscles that helped it wriggle around in the sediments of shallow seas, where it gulped its prey into its bag-like bodies. And is has an unusually large mouth for such a small creature.

When reading of scientific discoveries in the news, especially statements that seem to support the theory of evolution, it is important for readers to notice key phrases that are often overlooked and ignored in the headlines. For instance, one statement says of this creature says that it lies “pretty close” to the base of the family tree of all animals.

Did you notice other wiggle words in the quotation by Morris, such as “we think” and “this may represent”? It’s a giant leap to claim, “The microscopic sea animal is the earliest known step on the evolutionary path that led to fish and—eventually—to humans.” Perhaps a more telling discovery is this: “Its most striking feature is its large mouth.” It’s a perfect warning to be careful in how we report scientific discoveries that supposedly prove humans evolved from lower forms of life.

The Bible reports an entirely different origin of life. “God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea” (Genesis 1:26). Learn more about the creation in Doug Batchelor’s eye-opening presentation, “Genesis History: Creation or Coincidence?”

Whose mouth will you believe—the mouth of humans or the mouth of the Lord?

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