NASA MARS EVIDENCE: NOT LIQUID WATER AFTER ALL!
In 2015 NASA announced that it had found evidence of present-day liquid water on Mars. It was said that the evidence
“unambiguously supports our liquid water-formation hypotheses …” This was then hailed as evidence that there could be ‘life
on Mars’. It was also cause for hope regarding the viability of a
human Mars colony in the future.
In a new study, further analysis of the erosion features that
were interpreted as being produced by flowing water has led
NASA investigators to say that they are better understood as
the result of dry flows of granular material.
Water is necessary for life, but it is not
sufficient, falling far short, as we have previously shown
Flowing water present on Mars, say scientists, news.sky.com, September 2015.
NASA discovery of water on Mars was actually sand, news.sky.com, November 2017.
APE TEETH ‘THREE TIMES AS OLD’ AS LUCY’S
Fossilized ape teeth ‘dated’ at 9. 7 million years old and found in Germany have confused evolutionists because they resemble those of the claimed human ancestor ‘Lucy’, which is ‘only’
3. 2 million years old.
The existence of such a ‘hominin’ in Germany wouldn’t fit the out-of-Africa evolutionary narrative for humanity; hence suggestions that the revelations could “rewrite
human history”. The head of the research team said of the find: “They are clearly
ape teeth”. We would agree, but there is no need to invoke ‘hominins’ or millions
For biblical creationists, human history is recorded from Genesis onwards, so
a fossilized ape tooth is a record of a creature that once lived and died possibly
during or after Noah’s Flood.
The find follows the discovery of human footprints supposedly made
5. 7 million years ago at Trachilos on the Mediterranean island of Crete. (For
more, see creation.com/crete-footprints). The footprints also challenge the
Lutz, H., et al., A new great ape with startling resemblances to African members of the
hominin tribe, excavated from the Mid-Vallesian Dinotheriensande of Eppelsheim,
Mainzer naturwissenschaftliches Archiv. 54, 2017.
Embury-Dennis, T., Prehistoric teeth fossils dating back 9. 7 million years ‘could rewrite
human history’, independent.co.uk, October 2017.
GARDEN VARIETY BEAKS
Researchers have observed what they say is rapid evolution in the beak size of Parus major, aka
the great tit, often seen in English gardens, particularly those with bird feeders.
Researchers identified genetic differences between English and Dutch great tits (Parus major),
which they say explains why UK birds have ‘evolved longer beaks’. Some in a population that had
been studied for about 70 years were tracked by electronic tags, and variants with longer beaks
were found to be frequent visitors to bird feeders. Though the paper is vague on the mechanism,
this access to food is somehow thought to have given these birds a survival edge.
One of the researchers said: “The way we’ve detected evolutionary differences in the wild is
unique. It was the genome that led the way. That this is possible for a trait influenced by so many
genes, holds many promises for future discoveries.”
Selection may indeed be responsible for a greater predominance of those tits with genes for
longer beaks. Unfortunately, though, the label ‘evolution’ keeps getting mis-applied to such obser-
vations. For the general public, this reinforces the notion that the changes observed, if extended
over vast ages, could result in the sorts of huge changes needed to turn microbes into microbiologists (and great tits). Yet this
needs vast amounts of new genetic information to arise. Natural selection acts by sorting and culling existing information.
The beak lengths of ‘Darwin’s finches’ have also been observed to change under selection pressure. The changes are rapid
(like here, and similarly a surprise to evolutionists used to thinking in long-age terms). But because nothing new is involved,
it’s no surprise to find out that the beak lengths cycle back and forth with the climatic oscillations, with no net direction and
therefore quite obviously no ‘evolution’ in the sense in which most understand that word.
For more on why natural selection is not the same as evolution, see creation.com/selection.
University of East Anglia, Evolution in your back garden: Great tits may be adapting their beaks to birdfeeders, sciencedaily.com, October 2017.