Organisms Refusing to Evolve Over Millions of Years

first_imgSeveral more cases of “extreme stasis” have turned up, calling into question Darwin’s notion of constant, gradual change over millions of years.Earlier human migration: Science Magazine reports evidence of mammoth bones in Siberia that indicate hunting and butchering by humans, 10,000 years earlier than evolutionists presumed people should have been up those cold climes. New Scientist‘s headline reads, “Humans adapted to Arctic life 10,000 years earlier than thought.” The bones are claimed to be 45,000 years old; that means that humans were essentially the same as us—intelligent, adaptable and capable—for at least 8 times all recorded human history (actually, much longer: they believe upright, thinking hominins existed for 1-2 million years). That phrase “earlier than thought” shows up a lot in evolutionary studies. It means that evolutionists are surprised at cases of early appearance and stasis. This pattern stretches into much longer time periods in the following examples.Tree shrews refused to evolve for 34 million years, Science Magazine says. A new fossil doubles its period of stasis. It has a “living fossil” story to tell:Tree shrews are often held up as being living fossils, presumably very similar to our own earliest primate ancestor. The dearth of actual fossils of these small tropical mammals, however, has meant that much of this conclusion has been speculative. Li and Ni describe a new fossil tree shrew that is exceedingly similar to the extant pen-tailed tree shrew (Ptilocercus lowii), yet twice as old as any previously described sister taxa. The fossil suggests that this tree shrew has gone nearly unchanged since the Oligocene (over 34 million years ago).Squid stasis for a much longer period was reported in Live Science. Belemnites are members of the Cephalopod (head-foot) class that includes octopuses, squid and cuttlefish. Fossils found in Solnhofen, Germany (home of Archaeopteryx and other exceptionally-detailed fossils of the Jurassic Period) show that one species was already highly skilled. “Generally speaking, Acanthoteuthis‘ fins and bullet-shaped body, much like modern squids’, suggest that it would be a good swimmer,” the article says. The Jurassic is claimed to span from 200 to 145 million years ago. Noting that cephalopods date back even farther, “500 million years,” the article points out that squid like this possessed balance-sensing organs (statocysts), muscles, cartilage, a digestive system, and 10 arms. Cephalopods also have exquisite eyes as complex as those of mammals, yet are not related to any tetrapods in the evolutionary scheme. For a type of animal that is abundant today, this squid had an awful long time to evolve into something else, but it didn’t. Its statocysts, for instance, “resembled structures found in pelagic squid” that swim in the same oceans today.Crustacean stasis: A division of crustaceans called branchiopods includes many living species, including water fleas and fairy shrimp. Current Biology published a find with a headline that tells all: “A 365-Million-Year-Old Freshwater Community Reveals Morphological and Ecological Stasis in Branchiopod Crustaceans.” This phylum dates to the Cambrian Explosion. Early fossils of branchiopods have been found in fossil beds as widely dispersed as Canada, Scotland and Sweden. This new find in Belgium tops them all, yet looks strangely familiar:Here we report the discovery of an ephemeral pool branchiopod community from the 365-million-year-old Strud locality of Belgium. It is characterized by new anostracans and spinicaudatans, closely resembling extant species, and the earliest notostracan, Strudops goldenbergi. These branchiopods released resting eggs into the sediment in a manner similar to their modern representatives. We infer that this reproductive strategy was critical to overcoming environmental constraints such as seasonal desiccation imposed by living on land. The pioneer colonization of ephemeral freshwater pools by branchiopods in the Devonian was followed by remarkable ecological and morphological stasis that persists to the present day.Not only do the bodies (morphology) look the same, the whole community (ecology) looks the same. How do evolutionists deal with the fact that this fossil bed looks like it was buried recently? These biologists got creative with their Darwinian imaginations. The creatures evolved, they say, but not in ways that are visible to the human eye—they used encryption!The ecological and morphological stasis may be explained by the mixing of eggs from decades-distant populations, a singularity likely to prevent the fixation of new phenotypic variations. Nonetheless, the apparent morphological stasis does not mean that these clades did not evolve through time, but rather that the changes are cryptic, as revealed by changes in egg size. In addition, variations in physiology and egg hatching phenology have been reported for several species without significant morphological change and seem to be important for the long-term occupation of ephemeral pool biotopes. Fishes are generally absent in ephemeral pools, and increased fish predation in marine and fluvial environments during the Devonian may have triggered the modifications that allowed large branchiopods to colonize these continental environments devoid of predators. Paradoxically, the variable and harsh ephemeral pool appears to have been one of the most stable continental ecosystems over hundreds of millions of years.This admission is amazing. They found an ephemeral pool that should have been subject to variation and harsh environmental change, yet their dating of the fossils forces them to say it must have been “one of the most stable continental ecosystems over hundreds of millions of years.” Were there not meteors, tsunamis, continents subducting, and other dramatic geological changes, including major extinctions, in 365 million years?B as in billions: The winner for stasis is the bacterium. PhysOrg discusses “evidence of cavity-dwelling microbial life from 3 billion years ago,” from a time when there was not supposed to be oxygen or protection from UV radiation. Supposedly, South African greenstone beds allowed microbes to shield themselves by dwelling in cavities in the rock. Notice the word similar in what they say about these microbes:The team conducted multiple tests on the mats and the microbes found hidden under them, including bulk carbon and SEM analysis and Raman micro-spectroscopy and report that the microbes were shaped like rods, growing in train like filaments, similar to many bacteria alive today. They note also that the microbes were quite uniform in shape and that they were able to control their diameter and length as modern microbes do. The fossils are also approximately 500 million years older than any other previous fossil found in a habitat, and thus represent some of the earliest forms of life ever found (the very earliest date back to approximately 3.43 billion years ago.)With their short generation times, bacteria should evolve very rapidly. Wouldn’t anyone get bored living in a rod-shaped cell for billions of years?Wag your head in astonishment at the credulity of the modern evolutionary biologist. When they jumped onto Darwin’s bandwagon in 1859, and got drunk with his Darwine snake oil, their inhibitions over just-so storytelling faded away. They let go of their scientific rigor and all joined in singing, “How dry I am.” What they didn’t know was that Charlie bamboozled them. He sold them the Stuff Happens Law and tricked them into thinking Darwine was a health tonic; “Everything evolves constantly,” he would say, “except when it doesn’t. When something stays the same for billions of years, that’s evolution, too!” He used his own lyrics. He was really singing, “How wry I am.”(Visited 72 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Woman gang-raped after son elopes with lover in U.P.

first_imgThe mother of a youth belonging to Shamli district in Uttar Pradesh, who eloped with a girl, was abducted and gang-raped allegedly by the girl’s relatives, the police said on Saturday. Superintendent of Police Ajay Pal Sharma said the alleged gang rape victim is a resident of Bhopura village. The victim and her family were kidnapped and taken to Nojal, a nearby village, where she was gang-raped. The police have registered a case against the accused. Mr. Sharma said the 26-year-old man, the son of the rape victim, studied in Ghaziabad and fell in love with his classmate. They eloped on November 20. “The accused and his accomplices came to Shamli and abducted the family members of the man, including his mother, father, brother and brother-in-law. They beat them up and kept them in their custody for almost a week and traumatised them,” he said. “We have registered a case of gang rape and abduction against the family of the girl,” Mr. Sharma said. “We got a tip-off about the abduction, after which we freed them. Later, the victim narrated her ordeal and we registered a case of gang rape against the girl’s father, and her two uncles. One of the accused has been arrested, and the rest are at large.”last_img read more

DNA goes to Golden Gates Calls on youth vote to make the

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp A call to end ‘the mudslinging and conflicting messages’ and focus on the real issues, was the message DNA Candidate for Fox Hill, Kendal Smith had for the green crew on Tuesday night. This as, the Democratic National Alliance and its slate of candidates took the stage at the Golden Gates Shopping Plaza.DNA Candidate for Fox Hill, Kendal SmithWith green glow sticks in hand Alliyah Lewis from the DNA’s youth team, took the stage, and said it was time for the young people to have their chance at getting jobs, end the hustling for mediocre jobs despite having their university degrees. She unveiled plans under the DNA to remove VAT from University Education.Candidate for Fort Charlotte, Cindy Coakley Knowles says now was the time to return Bahamas to its Christian values, as it had become a drug capital sold to the world and was one minute away fromAlliyah Lewis, DNA Youth Memberbecoming a Junk state if it continued under the PLP and FNM’s style of governance. She warned of the Bahamas becoming like Cuba with its links to Russia and reminded the crowd of Former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham words, “Without the FNM there would be no Chinese”. She adds that while welcoming foreign investment is important, its should never be at the cost of Bahamians birthrights.DNA Candidate for Yamacraw, Charlis RobbinsNext up was Yamacraw DNA contender, Charlis Robins who came on the stage calling everyone to share the Facebook live link, with a selfie. She called out the Facebook trolls on the page, and ‘fake news sites’ with ‘crazy accusations’ against its candidates and supporters.Singer, Skyy Divinity performed her Election jingle ‘Green means Go’, while, it was Christ Gang singing their ‘We could make it’, got the crowd dabbing and dipping. With just one hour live on Facebook, the green crew garnered close to 8000 views, and over 140 shares.last_img read more

Yennai Arindhaal 5 Days Box Office Collection Ajith Starrer Nearing 500k Mark

first_imgAjith and Trisha in “Yennai arindhaal”Twitter/ TrishaAjith’s’ “Yennai Arindhaal” is continuing its success run in the US. As per the reports from the country, the film is still having good theatre occupancy.According to the distributors of “Yennai Arindhaal”, the movie has grossed $480,432 in five days and the collection of the movie on each day is as follows:Wednesday (Releasing Day): $113,000Thursday (Day 2): $53,000Friday (Day 3): $123,000Saturday (Day 4): $146, 000Sunday (Day 5): $45,000″#YennaiArindhaaal USA gross after 5 days $480432. Wed 113K, Thu 53K Fri 123K, Sat 146K, Sun 45K. #Thala’s best and all time #9 as of now,” tweeted Atmus Entertainment, distributor of the movie in the United States. With this numbers, the distributors are now expecting that the movie will soon achieve the feat of crossing $500k mark soon.”Yennai Arindhaal” is now the highest grossing movie for Ajith in the US and has broken all-time record of his previous biggest hit “Arrambam” in just three days.Earlier, “Yennai Arindhaal” had broken the first day collection record of “Arrambam” by collecting $113,232 (approximately ₹69 lakh) from 75 screens in its premiere.Meanwhile, the worldwide collection of “Yennai Arindhaal” has crossed ₹50 crore mark in four days and is continuing its success run in different parts of the world.Directed by Gautham Menon, “Yennai Arindhaal” had garnered high positive reviews from critics and audience alike. Ajith was much appreciated for his effort to fit into this character-based script, which is far away from his usual mass masala role. Another person who was poured with wishes was actor Arun Vijay who handled the role of Victor, villain of the movie, with much ease.Other lead actors of the movie including Trisha Krishnan, Anushka Shetty, Parvathy and Vivek were also much appreciated for their performance.”Yennai Arindhaal” is produced by AM Ratnam under the banner of Sri Sai Ram Creations.last_img read more

BIG UPDATE Another injury scare to India in World Cup Update on

first_imgHe may be criticised for lack of intent, he may hog headlines over his impending retirement, but there is little doubt MS Dhoni is important to this Indian team, especially at this crucial juncture in the tournament. The seasoned campaigner was hit on his thumb in the match against England and he was even seen spitting blood in the game. There are now concerns over his availability for the match against Sri Lanka.However, the team management has allayed all such fears as they believe the wicket-keeper batsman is fit to take part in the game against Sri Lanka. Although India have made it to the semi-finals, they still would want to beat Sri Lanka in this game and then hope South Africa down Australia, so that they go to the number 1 spot on the points table. As such, they will then face New Zealand in the semi-finals as opposed to England, if things stand the way they are currently.’Amazing capacity to ignore pain’ MS DhoniSurjeet Yadav/IANSA source from the team management has cleared all doubts over Dhoni’s availability for the match. Speaking to the news agency IANS, he said the stumper is fit and available to take on Sri Lanka. “Hai toh pahadi, woh yodha hai (he hails from the mountains and is a warrior). After more than 300 ODIs, do you think these little things even bother him? He has an amazing capacity to ignore pain. But more importantly, his finger is fine and there is nothing to worry about,” the source said.Earlier this week, a PTI report had said that India’s last match at the World Cup could well turn out to be MS Dhoni’s swan song in India colours. MS DhoniTwitter”You never know with MS Dhoni. But it is unlikely that he will continue to play for India after this World Cup. But since his decisions to quit captaincy from the three formats have been taken so suddenly, it is very difficult to predict at the moment,” a senior BCCI official told PTI.However, there have been no such statements made from the Indian management and as of now, these are considered to be mere speculations. The wicket-keeper batsman enjoys the support of Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli as well as a number of players in the Indian camp.last_img read more

Attacks make Moudud stop electioneering

first_imgBNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed. Prothom Alo File PhotoAfter being attacked reportedly by the supporters of his opponents, BNP candidate for Noakhali-5 seat Moudud Ahmed on Monday decided not to carry out any electioneering until his security is ensured.”I’ve decided to withdraw myself from election campaign after being subjected to a serious attack today (Monday),” he told UNB over phone.Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, said he already informed the returning officer and army officials here about the incident. “I told them I won’t carry out electioneering until adequate security for my life is ensured.”Narrating the attack on him, the BNP leader said he was going to carry out election campaign at Natunbazar around 11am. “As my motorcade reached the bazar area, a group of ruling party activists equipped with rods and sticks attacked us and starting vandalising my car and another vehicle of my motorcade. They badly damaged the two vehicles.”He alleged that he could have died the way the ruling party men attacked his vehicle. “Allah saved me, but my five followers were injured badly. “It’s a matter of wonder they attacked a candidate like me.”Moudud said the ruling party activists also attacked his supporters at Chaprashirhat, leaving many of them injured. “After such attacks, I returned home stopping electioneering as my life is not safe.”last_img read more

Israel will ban entry to outspoken US congresswomen official says

first_img Ilan Ben Zion,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Modi clamps down on Kashmir, and India loves him for it Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Ilan Ben Zion News • Photos of the Week News By: Ilan Ben Zion Share This! As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Catholicism Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,A United Methodist group proposes a denominational breakup RELATED: What it feels like to be told ‘Go back where you came from’Politicians and former diplomats spoke out against barring the congresswomen from visiting after an unconfirmed report that Israel had resolved to bar Omar and Tlaib from entering the country.Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro wrote on Twitter that the decision to bar their entry “harms Israel’s standing in the U.S., boosts BDS.”Israeli lawmaker Ayman Odeh, leader of the Joint List of Arab parties, criticized the move, writing that “Israel has always banned Palestinians from their land and separated us from other Palestinians, but this time the Palestinian is a U.S. Congresswoman.”Arthur Lenk, formerly Israel’s ambassador to South Africa, said barring Omar and Tlaib “would be sinking us deeper into U.S. domestic political quagmire.” Share This! Share This! TagsBDS Donald Trump homepage featured Ilhan Omar Israel Rashida Tlaib Top Story Trump tweets,You may also like By: Ilan Ben Zion Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts By: Ilan Ben Zion Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s deputy foreign minister says the government has decided to bar two U.S. Democratic congresswomen who support the international boycott movement from entering the country.Tzipi Hotovely told Israel Radio in an interview Thursday (Aug. 15) that “Israel has decided not to allow” Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota to visit as planned.Hotovely said the decision is in keeping with a policy of denying entry to those who advocate boycotts of Israel.Her remarks came shortly after President Trump tweeted that “it would show great weakness” if Israel allowed them in.hr />RELATED: President Trump’s bigotry has gone too far read more

Former Republican House Speaker Is Advising A Marijuana Corporation

first_img Share Lauren Victoria Burke/APFormer House Speaker John Boehner voted to prohibit medical marijuana as a U.S. congressman from Ohio in 1999, but he came out in support of some uses of cannabis on Wednesday.John Boehner, former speaker of the House, became an unlikely advocate for marijuana on Wednesday.Reversing years of opposition to the drug when he served in Congress, the Republican announced that his “thinking on cannabis has evolved.”He tweeted that he was joining the Board of Advisors of Acreage Holdings, a corporation formerly known as High Street Capital Partners that operates cannabis cultivation, processing and dispensing across 11 states.Boehner said: “I’m convinced de-scheduling the drug is needed so we can do research, help our veterans, and reverse the opioid epidemic ravaging our communities.”I’m joining the board of #AcreageHoldings because my thinking on cannabis has evolved. I’m convinced de-scheduling the drug is needed so we can do research, help our veterans, and reverse the opioid epidemic ravaging our communities. @AcreageCannabis https://t.co/f5i9KcQD0W— John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) April 11, 2018The announcement is a departure from his stance on cannabis use while in office. He voted to prohibit medical marijuana in Washington, D.C., in 1999. Two years later, he wrote a letter to an Ohio constituent, stating, “I am unalterably opposed to the legalization of marijuana or any other FDA Schedule I drug. I remain concerned that legalization will result in increased abuse of all varieties of drugs, including alcohol,” according to NORML, a marijuana advocacy group.But times have apparently changed. In a joint statement, Boehner and former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, another Republican joining Acreage’s board, said that “the time has come for serious consideration of a shift in federal marijuana policy.”They reinforced the importance of medical marijuana, stating:“We need to look no further than our nation’s 20 million veterans, 20 percent of whom, according to a 2017 American Legion survey, reportedly use cannabis to self-treat PTSD, chronic pain and other ailments. Yet the VA does not allow its doctors to recommend its usage. There are numerous other patient groups in America whose quality of life has been dramatically improved by the state-sanctioned use of medical cannabis.”They say that there are negative consequences to federal policy which designates marijuana as a Class 1 drug — meaning it lacks accepted medical use and has a high potential to be abused. They list consequences as impeding research and preventing the Department of Veterans Affairs from offering the drug to vets as an alternative to opioids.The Marijuana Policy Project told NPR that Boehner’s decision reflects a change in public opinion on marijuana among adults. “Politicians have traditionally lagged behind the people on this issue, so it is wonderful to see one so adamantly opposed to legalization reversing course like this,” said Morgan Fox, Director of Communications.Acreage founder and CEO Kevin Murphy said in a written statement that Boehner and Weld’s arrival onto its advisory board will bring about more access for patients in need of medical marijuana “by changing the conversation overnight. These men have shaped the political course of our country for decades and now they will help shape the course of this nascent but ascendant industry.”Boehner and Weld will join the Board of Advisors immediately, says Acreage, and they have also committed to joining the company’s board of directors once it has been established.The move comes at a time when the Trump administration has taken steps to scrap policy that enabled states to legalize marijuana.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more