Is Aegirocassis Benmoulae an Arthropod Transition?

Aegirocassis Benmoulae

A recently discovered organism has joined the ranks of those considered to show a transitional form for the Theory of Evolution. It is an an arthropod fossil, called Aegirocassis Benmoulae and it is being given a date of 480 million years old which places it in the Early Ordovician Period. As with all claimed transitional fossils, I am curious to know what transition is shown … with a strong skepticism since, over and over again, nothing is typically shown that truly supports the process of evolution.

This is actually an interesting animal. For an arthropod (invertebrate creatures having an exoskeleton, segmented bodies, and jointed appendages – like spiders, insects, millipedes, crabs, etc), it is a giant at nearly seven feet long. It is aquatic and uses a filter system for feeding. It belongs to an extinct group of arthropods called Anomalocaridids (meaning ‘strange shrimp’). This one has two sets of flaps along the body to use for swimming – the lower for propulsion and the upper for steering.

What I want to know is: where is the evolution?

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Artistic Rendering by Marianne Collins

1) They found one of the largest arthropods of all time at almost seven feet long – that does not seem like evolution: in fact, it goes against Cope’s Rule, the idea that animals are getting larger over time. That size fits a description of large pre-flood animals much better.

2) They found an arthropod with a unique set of characteristics. That does not seem like evolution. That is not unusual. In fact, arthropods are the largest and most diverse group of animals and it should be no surprise to find many different combinations. Because of their distinctions from other groups, I suspect the Anomalocaridids are close to a Created Kind.

3) The research team suggests that the anomalocaridids show a stage of evolution before the upper and lower flaps fused together to make the double-branched limb common in many aquatic arthropods today. Ummm … ‘they suggest’ … do we have any proof this fusion occurred? Is it not easily possible some arthropods had two rows of flaps and went extinct? Are there any transitional species to show this fusion occurred? If this is the transitional species why does it seem fully formed and functional as is and why (with evidence please) is it being connected to an animal that is quite different? Going from an animal with dozens of stubby flaps to an arthropod with legs would really be remarkable.

As expected, this transitional species does not show evolution. Even from an evolutionary standpoint, this could only take one huge transitional gap and turn it into two huge transitional gaps because evidence of transitioning into this animal and then transitioning into another animal are lacking.

XXXE. Last Updated: 06/01/2016
Todd Elder

Todd Elder

Todd Elder has a deep desire to understand and experience Creation. As a Baraminologist, his current research includes developing the Katagenos Species Concept, the Natanzera Classification System, and the Floral Formula Method of determining Plant Kinds. As an author and speaker, his books and seminar materials are designed to encourage a growing relationship with the Creator.
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