Missing link in evolution discovered

While we at LUX don’t believe that this shakes the faith of many, even though many evolutionary scientists believe it so, this is definitely a worthy scientific find. The link between fish and mammals has been found in a fossil called the Tiktaalik.

Palaeontologists have said that the find, a crocodile-like animal called the Tiktaalik roseae and described today in the journal Nature, could become an icon of evolution in action – like Archaeopteryx, the famous fossil that bridged the gap between reptiles and birds.

Many are spouting blows to the intelligent design world since one of the greatest arguments has been that there are missing gaps between those in the sea and the land tetrapods. Amusingly enough, that this has come during such a contraversial time.
In any case, the Tiktaalik itself lived in shallow waters and was found near the Canadian arctic. The Canadian arctic at the time of Titaalik actually surrounded the equator and was in tropical climates. The fish itself seemed to have limbs enough to raise a skull outside of the water to breathe air instead of having the gills. It is thought to be able to support its own weight and had bone structures in the fin that represented the upper arm, forearm, and parts of a hand.
UPDATE (4/6): BBC article has pictures of the fossils and evolutionary diagrams of where the link fits.
Via TheGuardian

  • There certainly are a lot of conclusions being drawn by the general public and there has yet to even be a single picture posted of this “exciting find.”

  • There certainly are a lot of conclusions being drawn by the general public and there has yet to even be a single picture posted of this “exciting find.”

  • Ratchet: Have you looked for pictures? There are some here.

  • Ratchet: Have you looked for pictures? There are some here.