One real problem for them is what is called the “Cambrian explosion” where we have the sudden appearance of all these diverse and fully formed animals in the fossil record, with no evolutionary ancestors. It has been called “biology’s Big Bang.” As Dr. Jonathan Wells said, “...the Cambrian fossil record doesn’t start with one or a few species that diverged gradually over millions of years into genera, then families, then orders, then classes, then phyla. Instead, most of the major animal phyla—and many of the major classes within them—appear together abruptly in the Cambrian, fully formed . . . Whatever the source of the Darwinists’ convictions may be, it cannot be the Cambrian fossil evidence. They can only affirm their belief in Darwinian evolution in spite of the Cambrian fossil record, not because of it.”
And then, there are the “missing links.” As Dr. Jonathan Sarfati said, “While Darwin predicted that the fossil record would show numerous transitional fossils, even a century and a half later, all we have are a handful of disputable examples.”
And Dr. Monty White, “All the evolutionists ever point to is a handful of highly debatable transitional forms, whereas they should be able to show us thousands of incontestable examples.”
Evolution should have produced innumerable transitional forms, but that’s not what we find, and as usual they are unwilling to admit to the problem.
In the fossil record, we find abrupt appearance and stasis with the organisms found there, and that is why Gould and Eldrege came up with the Punctuated equilibrium theory—they claimed it could be explained by the transitions occurring quickly. Why did they feel the need to come up with such a theory?
Dr. Don Batten commented, “Recognizing the non-gradualist nature of the fossil record, in 1972 Gould and Eldredge published a radical new theory of evolution that supposedly fitted the observations of the fossil record. They described the fossil record as representing long periods of equilibrium or stasis (things staying much the same), which are punctuated by the relatively sudden appearance of new forms. Hence they dubbed their new theory ‘punctuated equilibrium’. Fossils showing transitions from one form to another are missing, and to establish the need for the new theory of evolution, Gould and Eldredge argued very forcibly against supposed examples of gradual change in the fossils.”
Dr. Gary Parker said, “Believe it or not, when it comes to fossils, evolutionists and creationists now agree on what the facts are. The overwhelming pattern that emerges from fossils we have found is summarized in the word stasis. Stasis and static come from the same root word, a word that means ‘stay the same.’ Gould and Eldredge are simply saying that most kinds of fossilized life forms appear in the fossil sequence abruptly and distinctly as discrete kinds, then show relatively minor variation within kind, and finally abruptly disappear . . . The most direct and logical inference (to a heart and mind open to the possibility) appears to be, it seems to me, creation, and variation within the basic created kinds. Differences such as extinction and decline in size and variety seem to point to the corruption [the fall] and catastrophe [the flood] in the created order, not at all to ‘upward, onward’ evolution.”
And then we can talk about “living fossils” (animals and plants that supposedly lived millions and even hundreds of millions of years ago that forgot to evolve and look the same as they do today). There are hundreds of these, from coelacanths to ginkgo trees.