All life evolved from a single-celled universal common ancestor, and at various times in Earth history, single-celled organisms threw their lot in with each other to become larger and multicellular, resulting, for instance, in the riotous diversity of animals. 

This is one of the tenets of the religion of evolution.  It is listed along with the tenet of billions of years of stellar, chemical, geological and biological evolution.

With these religious foundations engraved on their minds, evolutionist look at the universe and world around them.  They clearly see the facts and data, but they process the facts and data through the evolutionary filters in their minds resulting in interpretations of the facts that are worked and manipulated into fitting into their paradigm.

Having said that, I also admit that creationists do the same thing, only the filter that we use to filter the facts and data is God’s infallible and inerrant Word.  We clearly see the same facts and data, but come to a different conclusion because of our religious tenets that adhere to biblical teachings rather than the ever changing speculations of fallible men.

So it was no surprise to read the latest news from the world of paleontology about an extraordinary fossil discovery.

A team of researchers from the Chinese academy of Geological Sciences, The Paul Scherrer Institut, the Swedish Museum of Natural History and the University of Bristol, discovered the fossil remains of an amoeba-like organism that divided into multiple celled groups before splitting up numerous spore-like cells.  Under examination with high energy X-rays, the fossil revealed the different stages of cell division.

The scientists said that the organisms originally looked like a gooey cluster of cells and should have deteriorated long before being preserved as fossils.  This led them to believe that these organisms had been buried rapidly in sediment that was rich in phosphate and that the phosphate infused into the cell walls, helping to cause them to harden into stone.  The preservation was so well done that the scientists were able to observe the cell nuclei under the microscope.

One thing they noticed was that the multicellular structures of the fossils were not like those of embryos of multicellular organisms.  They closely resembled the reproductive spores of one celled organisms.

Because the scientists believe the rock in which the fossils were found to be 570 million years old, they also believe it to be the earliest example of a multicellular organism in evolutionary history.  Professor Philip Donoghue, one of the researchers involved, said:

We were very surprised by our results — we’ve been convinced for so long that these fossils represented the embryos of the earliest animals — much of what has been written about the fossils for the last ten years is flat wrong. Our colleagues are not going to like the result.

Professor Stefan Bengtson added:

These fossils force us to rethink our ideas of how animals learned to make large bodies out of cells.

From a biblical perspective, I would surmise that the fossils they found were from the early stages of the Flood about 4,400 years ago, which would have covered them very quickly with fine silt high in phosphate, resulting in excellent preservation.  Next I would surmise that they represent some type of single celled organism that reproduces via spores and not some intermediate stage of evolution from single cell to multi celled organisms.

Same fossil.  Same facts.  Different interpretations based more upon the religious beliefs of origins than on the actually facts.  This is the real creation versus evolution issue in today’s world.  It’s not science versus religion, but religion versus religion.  The only other difference is that creationists will admit it, evolutionists generally won’t.

Reference

Chinese Fossils Shed Light On Evolutionary Origin of Animals from Single-Cell Ancestors, Science Daily, Dec. 22, 2011.

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