March 8, 2018.
Yesterday I talked about the first part of our discussion on the evidence of evolution (click here to view post, or here for an introduction to the series) in effort to explain why virtually all working biologists and paleontologists accept evolution as the viable model for how the diversity of life on this planet came to be. The first part of the evidence came mostly from the fossil record. Though the record has shown this evidence for many years, relatively recent discoveries of transitional forms have propelled it forward. The next part of our discussion on the evidence of evolution will be on the genetic evidence that has come about even more recently and essentially stopped any doubt of the concept of common ancestry. The mechanisms of evolution might still be getting hashed out (depending on who you talk to, of course), but the evidence and data of common ancestry from genetics is clear.
However, to do it justice, I’m not sure I will be able to complete the post before tomorrow (I’ve got a lot going on right now). I am going to try to complete it before Monday. In the meantime, I’d like to give you some resources that further expand on the evidence of evolution in the fossil record. I somewhat intentionally stayed away from human evolution yesterday so as to quell a bit of the controversial nature of the topic, but Biologos has a couple of lengthy series on the topic of human evolution that I would recommend you read if you want to get acquainted with the evidence and why paleontologists think the way they do. The series are written by James Kidder who is a palaeoanthropologist. A link to the archive of his 19-part series can be accessed here:
Kidder also runs a blog entitled “Science and Religion: A View from an Evolutionary Creationist”, which can be accessed here: http://scienceandcreation.blogspot.com/
For more evidence from the fossil record, talk origins has a series on “29+ Evidences for Macroevolution” which has a specific section on intermediate and transitional forms:
And also a FAQ dedicated to “Transitional Vertebrate Fossils” (which was written over 20 years ago! So the list doesn’t even include all the more recent discoveries):
I encourage you to check out the sources and evidence with an open mind, if at the very least to simply have an informed discussion. After we finish the evidences and comments on different views, we will move on to discussion the implications for faith. Stay tuned!