People say it takes thousands of years to evolve, but many animals have been here for thousands of years, so we should have seen a few species evolve to become more intelligent. But why haven’t they?
Newts aboard Japanese ships came into San Francisco. They made their home on the sides of the mountains of California’s central valley. They spread north and south, changing slightly as they went. They spread around the north and south ends of the valley, then started back south and north. By the time they met on the east side of the valley, they were so different that they couldn’t interbreed. They had become different species. In our lifetime.
Asian and African elephants are another example- there used to be another strain of elephant in the middle east that could breed with both of them.
Animals wouldn’t evolve intelligence unless it helped them have more viable offspring. Right now, people with high IQs have fewer children than those with low IQs. That means we are evolving to be stupid.
I have often wondered if the ‘Theory’ of Evolution were real, how did colors evolve? How were colors made and did they evolve too?
Evolution is a religion. It is the Atheist religion to disprove the existence of an intelligent Designer or Creator which is God. Atheists do not want to admit that God exists because if they did then they might have to follow some rules. God has Ten Commandments, but Satan only one which is “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.” In other words, do whatever you want, there are no rules.
There has never been, nor will there ever be, animals evolving into different species. There are adaptations, such as an animal adapting to a warmer climate, but you will never see per se, a cat giving birth to a dog or a fish becoming a bird (or a human).
So, to believe Evolution is a fact is contradicting the very first sentence in the Holy Bible which states:
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (Holy Bible)
It must be very important to God that we know He is the Creator of everything, or else why would it be the very first thing He wanted us to read in His book?
To answer your question, you will never see Evolution in action. You will never see species evolving into more intelligent species such as on the movie ‘Planet of the Apes.’ The theory of evolution is an idea concocted by those who wish to live their lives however they see fit. If they evolved, and there is no Creator, then they are free to behave like the very animals they believe they descended from. ‘Do What Thou Wilt’….
Well, actually we do. Some species have only recently been recognized as individual species separate from other members of their genus.
Now, what we DON’T see is one FAMILY or ORDER of animal evolving into another of like category. For instance, we don’t see reptiles becoming birds.
Sometimes several species get grouped together as one species divided into breeds. This is because taxonomy is tricky at the species level, especially when the life form in question is extinct and can only be studied through fossilized remains. Take for instance the triceratops. Paleontologists once believed that the triceratops included several unique species. Now they believe the different “species” they saw were actually different growth stages of the same species. Today it’s believed there were only two species of triceratops. Accurate? Well, we really have no way of knowing. All we can conclude about the triceratops is that once it was alive, and now it’s dead. We really can’t make many observations about it beyond that, so everything we have is guesswork.
In general evolution happens so slowly that it cannot be watched.
The four letter code that constitutes the DNA of all living things changes over time; for example individual or several letters can be copied incorrectly [substitution], lost [deletion] or gained [insertion]. Such changes can lead to functional and structural changes in genes and proteins and ultimately to the formation of new species.
Insertions are much more common whilst deletions appear to be rare.
A growing number of studies have shown that two animal species can combine to produce a third, sexually viable species in a process known as hybrid speciation. Newly identified examples include both insects and fish.
Animals were generally thought to evolve when a single species gradually splits into two over many generations. But scientists now believe that behavior that has been called animals’ sexual blunders could be an important force in their evolution.
Hybrid-formed species are usually extremely difficult to detect because of their close physical resemblance to their parent species. But today scientists are able to collect the detailed molecular data needed to identify previously unrecognized hybrids. 10 percent of animal species and 25 percent of plant species are now known to hybridize.
So why are you so opposed to evolution? Have you been indoctrinated into an extremist sect?
The Pope, Catholic Church, Church of England and mainstream churches all accept the big bang and evolution!
Lord Carey the former Archbishop of Canterbury put it rather well – “Creationism is the fruit of a fundamentalist approach to scripture, ignoring scholarship and critical learning, and confusing different understandings of truth”!
Nice that christians and atheists can agree and laugh together even if it is at fundie expense!
But behind the laughter is the despair at the fundamentalists striving so hard to destroy christianity by turning it from a religion to an ideology!
Surveys suggest that 29% of American christians are so extremist in their beliefs that they fall well outside of the accepted bounds of christianity!
We do see animals evolving. Look at the genetics. As to the second part of the question, human-caliber intelligence is clearly not something easily evolved. It may even have been caused by some drastic and sudden changes to the genome that were very strongly selected for at some point- a perfect storm required for that sort of lightning-quick evolution. I haven’t read much from Stephen Jay Gould, but I would guess that it was this that he would call the basis of punctuated equilibrium.
@JS: If atheism doesn’t = evolution then what does it equal? Do you have some other theory you are holding out on us?
Either God made the world= Creationist world view
Evolution (Big Bang) brought about the world = Evolutionist world view
You have to be on one side or the other unless you have some other explanation for existence.
Where is any proof they are evolving even? LOL Like Iamhere said: Transitional species where are they??
I don’t see any man-apes but I do see many “wise” people who are foolish. Romans 1:22
Romans 1:20-21 : Man is without excuse that God made the world and all that is in it.
He knew man would try to disprove God thousands of years ago.
What is more amazing is that God believing men had enough wisdom to know man would deny God and evolution would come about (Jeremiah 2:27). “they say to wood you are my father and to stone you made me.”
The Bible is way ahead of all these “wise scientist” or whatever they are (foolish clowns claiming to be wise making stuff up as they go along).
First of all, animals have evolved. Perhaps not in the same way as humans. But, evolution is as much about survival need as it is about genetic mutation. Humans have evolved to what we are today because of our survival needs. Our survival needs and adaptations are not the same as a fish or a mountain lion or chimpanzee.
They’ve recently found a hybrid of two species of blacktip shark. Voila: new species.
Evolution is a response to environmental change. It’s not a race for intelligence.
EDIT: now I’m suspecting you’re a Poe. Neanderthals are not ancestors of humans.
You haven’t observed a transition in animals because you haven’t existed for enough time. You would have to exists for thousands, perhaps even tens of thousands of years in order to see a change.
We have, however, observed evolution in simpler life forms. For example, the flu virus. We see it adapt and change.
PS. ATHEIST DOES NOT EQUAL SCIENTIST. We only reject the claims OTHER people make about Gods. We don’t need to answer YOUR questions about life if you are the one asking and making claims.
1. neanderthal didn’t turn into homo sapiens
2. pay more attention in science class