Modern Embryos in Old Rocks

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Modern complex embryos found in old rocks, according to reports in Science vol. 312, p1587, 16 June 2006 and Nature, vol. 440, p680 10 August 2006. Palaeontologists have found fossilised embryos in rocks that date back to the time of the earliest forms of life. According to Science, one group of embryos, from rocks in the Doushantuo deposit in China, dated as 580 to 600 million years old, "resemble those of modern bilaterians such as annelids and molluscs. If they check out it could mean that a wide array of complex animals existed before the ‘Cambrian Explosion’". Another group of scientists have used an x-ray technique to study the internal structure of fossil embryos from the late Neoproterozoic and earliest Phanerazoic era (around 500 million years old) and found they had an internal structure that is similar to modern complex animals, such as arthropods.

Editorial Comment: These findings are good evidence that complex creatures have existed from the beginning and have reproduced after their kind, just as Genesis says. Furthermore early embryos are tiny delicate structures that can only be preserved if they are rapidly buried where oxygen and bacteria cannot destroy them. This means the rock layers they were found in did not form by slow gradual deposition. This was a rapidly formed deep deposit – just what you would get from a major flood. (Ref. embryology, cells, reproduction)

Evidence News 4 April 2007