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What Do We Know About Darwin's Tree of Life?

An article appearing in PhysOrg titled Reconstructing the Tree of Life, unwittingly highlights several problems with evolution.

Evolutionists like to claim that they believe in evolution because that’s where the evidence leads. They say that evolution makes successful predictions, while creation science fails to make any successful predictions. But claims like these have turned out to be false, built on a house of cards, and this article demonstrates that beautifully.

Charles Darwin drew a tree of life to show how all organisms share a common ancestor. Evolutionist Dr. Karl Giberson has even claimed that the “rich tree of life” that we see today satisfies a prediction about life based on the theory of evolution. However phylogeneticist Antonis Rokas, an associate professor of biological sciences at Vanderbilt University, admits that some of the genealogies are “surprising and unexpected, and difficult to decipher.” Despite these serious problems, the article indicates that the National Science Foundation (NCF) says it’s not unusual for quality research to report such conflicts.

The obvious question then is, if Darwin’s Tree of Life is an evolutionary reality, then why is it not unusual to find such conflicts? On the contrary, shouldn’t such finds be unusual? All of a sudden the strength of evolution isn’t based upon any successful prediction, but based upon its failures. According to Rokas, evolutionists should “expect” to see such contradictory conclusions. Wow! It’s interesting how the web of evolution can be spun to mean whatever is desired, depending upon the needs of the theory. Not once do they question the merits of evolution.

The study analyzed the assembly of over 1, 000 genes from 23 species of yeast and found that all of them were slightly different from each other and the genealogies built by the researchers. Rokas said, “We found 1, 070 genes, and made 1, 070 trees, and each one was different.”

The researchers attempted to come up with explanations for this, and one is that they were only studying a small part of the genome. It’s also interesting that they concluded that genetic data is less reliable during periods of rapid diversification and the sudden appearance of many new species. Rokas admitted that they don’t know what happened. They see consensus in many parts of the genes, but conflict at the base of the tree. He said, “What we understand about evolution leads us to believe that in a small window of time, several new species originated.”

While the study undermines evolution, it also confirms the predictions of creation science. Creationists believe in an “orchard of life”, in which there are multiple trees where individual kinds of animals have speciated over a small window of time. This is consistent with the observational evidence and the scientific method.

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