So about these "nonexistent" transitional fossils...?
Invertebrates to Fish
Pikaia -- extremely primitive notocord
Conodont-- ray fins and a notocord
Haikouichthys -- A notochord with separate vertebral elements
Arandaspis -- Well armoured jawless fish
Birkenia -- primitive, jawless fish or fishlike vertebrate
Guiyu -- The oldest known bony fish
Jawless fish to shark
Cladoselache -- intermediate between jawless fishes to sharks
Tristychius -- another sharklike fish.
Ctenacanthus -- first primitive shark.
Paleospinax -- sharklike jaw, primitive teeth.
Spathobatis -- First ray-like fish.
Protospinax -- Ancestral to both sharks and skates.
Jawless fish to bony fish
Acanthodians -- similar to early bony fishes, possibly a transitional form.
Palaeoniscoids -- primitive bony fishes.
Canobius, Aeduella -- more advanced jaws.
Parasemionotus -- combination of modern cheeks with more primitive features, like lungs
Oreochima -- first teleost fish
Leptolepids -- ancestor of modern teleost fish. Lung transformed into swim bladder.
Amphistium and Heteronectes -- transition to the eye location of flatfishes.
Fish to amphibian
Paleoniscoids -- both ancestral to modern fish and land vertebrates.
Osteolepis -- modified limb bones, amphibian like skull and teeth.
Eusthenopteron, Sterropterygion -- fin bones similarly structured to amphibian feet, but no toes yet, and still fishlike bodily proportions.
Panderichthys, Elpistostege -- tetrapod-like bodily proportions.
Obruchevichthys -- fragmented skeleton with intermediate characteristics, possible first tetrapod.
Tiktaalik -- a fish with developing legs. Also appearance of ribs and neck.
Acanthostega -- famous intermediate fossil. most primitive fossil that is known to be a tetrapod
Ichthyostega -- like Acanthostega, another fishlike amphibian
Hynerpeton -- A little more advanced then Acanthostega and Ichtyostega
Labyrinthodonts -- still many fishlike features, but tailfins have disappeared
Lungfish--A fish-that has lungs.
Primitive to modern amphibians
Amphibian to reptile
Early reptile to turtle
Odontochelys Semitestacea -- partial formation of a turtle shell, showing how the hard underbelly formed first.
Early reptile to diapsid (dinosaurs and modern reptiles except for turtles)
Reptile to mammal
Morganucodon -- a transition between "mammal-like reptiles" and "true mammals".
Dinosaur to bird
Allosaurus --A large therapod with a wishbone
Compsognathus --A small coeleosaur with a wishbone
Microraptor -- a feathered bird with distinctly dinosaurian characteristics, such as its tail.
Archaeopteryx -- the famous bird-with-teeth.
- Anonymous9 years agoFavorite Answer
Creationists don't understand that each living creature has to be fully formed and that there are no "goals" or any nonsense like that to evolution. Evolution simply acts on existing genetic material and alters it through slight mutations and through environmental influence acting on individual organisms who struggle to gain relative advantage in the reproductive war. There are transitional forms, but each transitional form is a fully-formed organism. We are ALL transitional forms, and we are ALL mutants relative to what our ancestors used to be. DNA copies with errors, a few times every billion in the sequence.
So what they will say is "Those aren't transitional forms, those are fully formed creatures. Where are the creatures BETWEEN those forms?" So as soon as you show a transitional form 0.5 between forms 0 and 1, they will shift the goalposts and say "aha, but now there are two missing links...where are the two in-between mutant creatures, creatures 0.25 and 0.75?" Then they claim this is a shortcoming to the theory.
In reality, there is no objective species barrier between two transitioning organisms. In fact, if we had TOO many transitional forms, this would be harmful to the convenience of taxonomy, because we wouldn't be able to classify forms as one type or another type. It would be a blurred, continuous flow of evolution from one kind of animal to the next. To claim everything in the ground that's hominoid is "fully ape" or "fully human" is an absurd misunderstanding of biology and of the continuum of life.
- granelliLv 43 years ago
when you consider that all species are meant to be in transition by using organic determination, the very term "transitional fossil" is largely a false impression. however the fossils listed represent considerable steps interior the evolution of considerable valuable factors in extremely some vertebrate lines, and for this reason in large condition the uncomplicated utilization of the word. I took that perfect from that web site. there is way too lots time between the examples. next............... Get A Grip
- FrizbyLv 79 years ago
According to the evolution theory there are no in between forms that are nearly this species or that species, each form is of its own species, but remain in the chain of events..
But this explanation is evolution proprietors scape goat, they know this is the only conclusion that could be possible, there can never be an half reptile half dog, therefore they fix us to accept and believe that everything is a transition from one faze to the next..
Basically taking away the truth of what we see in Creation, you see if Creation is true then the fossil record details it accurately, if evolution is true then our minds have to be fixed to believe and accept that there are no in betweens but fully formed betweens that are supposedly the missing links..
- Anonymous9 years ago
this fails because it didnt even mention my favorite animal in the reptile/mammal transition, the gorgonopsia
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- LizLv 79 years ago
Sinornithosaurus is not a transitional fossil. He's got FOUR wings. Four of 'em. No other non insect has four wings. Sinornithosaurus Is his own danged beast.
But you knew that already since you mentioned him.
- EAHLv 79 years ago
Why are fundies so hung up about fossils.
Is is because they are fossils themselves.
- Edward the LessLv 79 years ago
Certainly so few have used so many words to say so little.
- Anonymous9 years ago
Where'd you copy and paste this from?
- 9 years ago
Yay. I love it when Christians are right
- AEFLv 79 years ago