If you believe evolution is false, why did God or The Designer create all those intermediate species?
So... why did the supernatural Creator/Designer create so very many intermediate forms, with gradual tranformations from one major form ("kind") to the next?
Over 90% of all species that ever lived are now extinct. But neither divine creation or intelligent design work by trial and error. Only evolution works by trial and error.
If a creator can just create a species, why were so many intermediate forms created?
If a designer can just design a species, why were there so many failed (extinct) attempts?
Nice readable document about the fossil evidence of continuous transformations from one species to the next:
Reptile to Mammal Transition:
Reptile to Bird Transition:
And my personal favorite. To test evolutionary theory, scientists identified a gap in the transition from fish to amphibian, determined when it would have lived and where it would have lived, then they went out to find examples of the missing species. They found 5 examples - evolution passed the test:
(click the 'next' button to page through this easy-to-follow story)
Good video of presentation by biologist on intermediate species:
Here is a great video addressing the false claim that there are no transitional fossils:
Can someone who is a creationist or ID proponent please explain why the Creator/Designer made all these in-between species? I'd like to understand why the Creator/Designer seemed to evolve life through trial and error.
But there is no denying it shares both reptile (dinosaur) and bird characteristics - that is not in dispute.
So why was it created, and why is it extinct?
And your "bomb in a mountain doesn't make a cathedral" analogy fails utterly. Two cathedrals can't get together and create a litter of baby cathedrals - life is different.
If you accept evolution, as you do in your answer, then you know that small undirected changes over time DO lead to significant changes in species. So you already know that life evolved from simpler life through natural processes. Something no building can do.
But let's say you're right and there *IS* an intelligent designer directing evolution, then why did he/she/it guide evolution into millions of dead ends over the past 3 billion years?