Where are the Transitional Fossils?
Note: This video and text were originally posted November 10, 2011.
A common argument leveled against the theory of evolution is that scientists have not been able to produce the expected transitional fossils that show the change of one species into another. If evolution were true, wouldn’t there be instances of clear intermediary species, like, for example, a species that was half whale and half hippo to show the transition between those two? In this BioLogos podcast, Kelsey Luoma addresses this misconception about what a transitional fossil actually is. Rather than a mix between two related species, transitional fossils point back to the common ancestors that modern species share. The fact is that the number of transitional species is massive and it grows with each passing year. Given the rarity with which organisms are actually fossilized, the amazing thing is actually the completeness of the fossil record, not its incompleteness. The transitional species story strongly supports, and certainly does not disprove, evolutionary theory. 1
1. To hear the full audio clips which have been referenced go to:
- Rational Response Debate with Kirk Cameron (from Way of the Masters)
- Behind the Scenes with Dr. Neil Shubin (from Cincinnati Museum Center)
- Mark Norell Publishes New Archaeopteryx Findings (from American Museum of Natural Sciences)
- Texas A&M Professor Discusses Findings of Autralopithecus Sediba and its Relationship to Humans (from Texas A&M University)
- Intro/outro music composed by Martin Minor (Minor2Go).
An audio only version of the podcast can be downloaded here.
Commentary written by the BioLogos editorial team.
Kelsey Luoma is a graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California, where she received a bachelor's degree in biology. She plans to continue her education in medical school. As an evangelical Christian and student of biology, Luoma is very interested in resolving the conflict between faith and science. She has spent two summers working as a student intern for BioLogos. In the future, she hopes to serve internationally as a physician.