Tiktaalik Fills Another Gap. Searching for Transitionals. Estuary or tidal flat Warm, equatorial climate Late Devonian era, around 370 million years ago Presently exposed for exploration Incorporating knowledge from ecology, geology, and paleogeography, a site was chosen.
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Neil Shubin, research project leader and Nature article author, realizing that the multiple intermediate characteristics of Tiktaalik demonstrate the transition from fish to tetrapod (tetra- meaning “four,” pod meaning “foot”) , dubbed the species a
Ken Ham states in his blog:
“I only saw the article briefly tonight, and, of course, none of us have seen a detailed analysis of what has been found—so until we do that, we obviously can’t make any detailed comments on this particular find.”
Robert Crowther of Discovery Institute’s evolutionnews.org writes:
“These fish are not neccesarily [sic] intermediates, explain Discovery Institute scientists I queried about the find. Tiktaalik roseae [sic] is one of a set of lobe-finned fishes that include very curious mosaics--these fishes have advanced fully formed characteristics of several different groups. They are not intermediates in the sense that have half-fish/half-tetrapod characteristics. Rather, they have a combination of tetrapod-like features and fish-like features. Paleontologists refer to such organisms as mosaics rather than intermediates.
What is clear is that forms like Tiktaalik [sic] are a melange [sic] of primitive and more developed features. It is not clear whether they are true transitional forms.”
“alienward” on IIDB.org wrote in response:
“In One Look dictionary search the quick definition for mélange is “a motley assortment of things”. So, we’re finally starting to see ID proponents describe how the intelligent designers come up with new designs. Intelligent designers hack together motley assortments of primitive and more developed features. Ummm…”
“Super Squirrel” on IIDB.org paraphrased:
“Discovery Institute: ‘They're not transitional forms! They are just organisms that share characteristics from organisms that came before and after them!’
Me: ‘... *Smacks forehead* How is that not transitional?’”