Back in mid-May, scientists unveiled
a 47 million year old fossil, now named Ida
, that is another transitional creature. The fossil is of a prehistoric juvenile female monkey creature and demonstrates human-like features on its hand.
Rather than having claws the creature has human fingers with fingernails.
The fossil was originally extracted by private collectors in 1983 from the Messel Shale Pit, near Darmstadt, Germany, that has yielded many fossils of life, including other primitive primates.
The delay in releasing it was due to a section of the fossil being in private hands until two years ago when it was sold by its owner to scientists at the University of Oslo, respectfully.
According to Anthropologists, about 50 million years ago two ape-like groups existed. One known as the tarsidae, a precursor of the tarsier, a tiny, large-eyed monkey-type creature that lives in Asia and Ida seems to resemble. Another group known as the adapidae, an ancestor of today's lemurs that exist in Madagascar.
The most well known transitional creature discovered and unveiled
in 2006, called Tiktaalik roseae, demonstrates that prehistoric creatures living in shallow waters were beginning to rely less on resperation utilizing its gills and developed neck bones and a middle ear enabling it a moveable head and hearing.
What is unique about this new discovery is that it further confirms the existence of transitional creatures that were originally hypothesized by evolutionary scientists.
However, Ida's discovery demonstrates transitional creatures existed on land, while Tiktaalik demonstrates transitional creatures emerged from prehistoric bodies of water.
Both fossils confirm Darwin's theory of natural selection that in order to further survive, creatures will evolve and take on unique features that give them the ability of longer survival in existing or new habitats.
Yet Intelligent Design (ID) scientists and supporters would state that because of the so-called gaps in evolution due to the lack of transitional creatures among species invalidated the findings of Darwinian evolution.
The strategy of the ID movement has been to argue for the inclusion of their irrationally-based, pseudoscientific theories on the baseless claim that there are a few cases in which we don't yet know the full story of evolution.
The argument of Intelligent Delusion ...er... Design proponents goes something like this: we don't fully know how humans fully evolved, therefore its not clear Darwin was right, therefore the only thing that can explain these scientific gaps is the supernatural.
They further allege that life on earth is simply too complex to explain life's origins or intelligence. It is only the intervention of a designer that can explain what is not explainable by science.
By there being a designer he, she, it would not be subject to further observation and experiment. Essentially shutting all scientific inquiry down.
Fortunately, this latest discovery puts a further damper on the efforts of ID supporters and all they can do now is whine and complain
With this latest fossil discovery and research of Tiktaalik, ID supporters claims become even harder to justify or take seriously.
The debate between ID proponents and evolutionary scientists would make a great subject for intellectual history, but in the scientific realm only theories based on facts and evidence and not fiction deserve attention.