Transitional Fossils

Transitional Fossils – How Many Transitional Fossils Have We Discovered?
Before we answer this question on transitional fossils, it is essential to understand the difference between micro and macro evolution.

Micro-evolution is variation within a set of sexually compatible organisms.
Macro-evolution is transition from one sexually compatible set (or "kind") to another.
Micro-evolution has been observed and is well documented (dog breeds, for example), while macro-evolution has not been observed and is thus highly disputed. Since Charles Darwin, evolutionists have sought fossil evidence to validate macro-evolutionary theory. As of yet, paleontologists have not discovered a single unambiguous transitional fossil.

Transitional Fossils – Darwin’s Thoughts
Darwin, widely acclaimed as the father of modern evolution theory, voiced his concern for the lack of transitional fossils in his classic, Origin of Species (1859):

    "Lastly, looking not to any one time, but to all time, if my theory be true, numberless intermediate varieties, linking closely together all the species of the same group, must assuredly have existed. But, as by this theory, innumerable transitional forms must have existed, why do we not find them embedded in countless numbers in the crust of the earth?"
Our museums now contain hundreds of millions of fossil specimens (40 million alone are contained in the Smithsonian Natural History Museum). If Darwin's theory were true, we should see at least tens of millions of unquestionable transitional forms. We see a questionable few. Even the late Stephen Jay Gould, Professor of Geology and Paleontology at Harvard University and the leading spokesman for evolutionary theory prior to his recent death, confessed "the extreme rarity of transitional forms in the fossil record persists as the trade secret of paleontology."1

Modern Intelligent Design theorists cite the lack of transitional fossils as an indictment against macro-evolutionary theory.

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1 Natural History 86(5), 1977, 14

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