Darwin’s Dilemma Solved? (Part 1 of 2)

Darwin’s Dilemma Solved? (Part 1 of 2)

Has Darwin’s dilemma finally been solved? This is the Creation Moments Minute.

Marrella, the most abundant organism from the Burgess Shale Cambrian rockDarwin’s dilemma has been vexing evolutionists for more than a hundred and fifty years. Charles Darwin, you see, was unable to explain the sudden arrival in Cambrian rock of most of the phyla we have today when no fossil evidence of their ancestors can be found in pre-Cambrian rock.

Not surprisingly, creationists frequently mention Darwin’s dilemma – another name for what is called the “Cambrian explosion” – when challenging the Darwinian view of the gradual origin of species. So evolutionists have been struggling to find a plausible answer.

Such an answer was recently proposed by researchers at South Australia’s University of Adelaide. They try to get around the dilemma by estimating that the rate of evolution during the “Cambrian explosion” was five times faster than it is today.

Does this mean Darwin’s dilemma has been solved? Find out next time.

For Creation Moments Minute, I’m Darren Marlar.
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Ref: Michael S.Y. Lee, Julien Soubrier, Gregory D. Edgecombe. “Rates of Phenotypic and Genomic Evolution during the Cambrian Explosion”, Current Biology, 2013 DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2013.07.055. “Darwin’s dilemma resolved: Evolution’s ‘big bang’ explained by five times faster rates of evolution”, ScienceDaily, 9/12/13. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/09/130912131753.htm.