Bugs in Amber – What They Really Tell Us
Recently, Italian scientists found the world’s oldest mites in amber (fossilized resin from coniferous trees). The samples are said to be 230 million years old, and yet “they’re dead ringers for (modern) gall mites,” said the lead author, David Grimaldi. To evolutionists, this is a surprising find because the world has supposedly changed quite a bit since their existence.
Also, Derek Briggs, director of the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, called the bugs’ discovery tantalizing, adding that it could help researchers further understand how life evolved on land. Oh really?
What does this finding really tell us about life on Earth? First, if (and that’s a big if) the samples are truly 230 million years old, then life has not changed, at least for these mites and presumably for other life as well. In other words, no evolution has taken place over this vast time period.
How is this going to help our understanding of evolution? It doesn’t. What it does support is that God created life after its own kind, not to change. God allowed variation within a kind so there would be diversity but not life evolving from one kind to another. So it doesn’t surprise the creationist that these mites show little to no change over time. That is what we would expect to see, based on God’s Word.
Second, if there is little to no change in the mites, perhaps the dating of the amber samples is off. Perhaps by a lot. God’s Word indicates that the Earth and all of creation are 6,000 or so years old. If these samples are only, say, 3,000 to 5,000 years old, would the evolutionist expect to see any change over such a short period of time? Probably not. Their friend is long ages … and the more time, the better. So either way – long period of time or short period of time – the evolutionist and old agers have a problem explaining these samples. But it's no problem for those of us who believe in God’s Word. This is exactly what we would expect to find.
1 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/27/prehistoric-insects-amber-world.... Photo: Photomicrographs of the two species of gall mites. University of Gottingen/A. Schmidt.
This article is based on an interview of Dr. Don Clark on Broken Road Radio. To hear the original interview and many others on biblical creation topics, go to http://brokenroadradio.com/morning-show-september-3-2012/