Fishy Evolutionary Explanations
by Frank Sherwin, M.A. *
Evolutionists tirelessly beat the drum of humanityâ€™s supposed fish ancestry. Paleontologist Jennifer Clack stated:
Although humans do not usually think of themselves as fishes, they nonetheless share several fundamental characters that unite them inextricably with their relatives among the fishes.1
In a recent amusing story by the usually staid BBC, Michael Mosley claimed to find evidence of â€śfishy featuresâ€ť in human anatomy.2 Mosley, Clack, and others who reject the biblical account of creation must attempt to shoehorn scientific discoveries into uncomfortableâ€”and often conflictingâ€”evolutionary interpretations. For example, Clack admitted:
To be truthful, there is still not much real data, so that speculation is still active, and whatever is concluded today may be overturned by the discovery of a new fossil tomorrow.3
Dr. Mosleyâ€™s BBC article began by stating:
It may seem strange that humans have evolved from fish, but the evidence can be found not just in fossils but also within our own bodies.2
Yes, it is eminently strange, as well as unscriptural and unscientific. It has long been known by many researchers, both evolutionists and non-evolutionists, that the fossil record fails to document Darwinismâ€™s claim of gradual change from one kind of creature into another as one ascends the sedimentary rock units.4 Mosley tried to spin the evidence in favor of evolution:
The early human embryo looks very similar to the embryo of any other mammal, bird or amphibianâ€”all of which have evolved from fish.2
Mosley used a tautology, presupposing evolutionary ancestry to explain the embryoâ€™s developmental process. His arguments mirror the long-discredited â€śrecapitulationâ€ť theory of German zoologist Ernst Haeckel, who infamously stated that human embryos develop through ancestral stagesâ€”such as the fish stageâ€”before specializing into people.5
Mosley then wrote:
Your eyes start out on the sides of your head, but then move to the middle.2
So what? Eyes have to start somewhere. It makes sense they should start on the sides of the head rather than the top or bottom.
And only in the strange land of Darwinism would someone suggest that hernias are throwbacks to a fish stage:
Inguinal hernias often require surgery, and if you are unfortunate enough to get one, blame it on fish.2
How could a patient say with a straight face, â€śThis hernia is due to my fish ancestryâ€ť?
Mosley played the â€śno obvious function, so it must be an evolutionary leftoverâ€ť card in regard to the philtrum, the grooved area on the upper lip just below the nose. He wrote:
[The philtrum] has no obvious function. Instead it is an accident of our origins, a clue to our fishy past and how our faces first formed.2
But the same â€śnon-functionâ€ť argument was erroneously applied to the appendix, adenoids, tonsils, coccyx (â€śtailboneâ€ť), and other structures and tissues that have since been found to have biologicalâ€”not evolutionaryâ€”functions. The philtrum could allow people to show a wider range of lip motions, which enhances non-verbal and vocal communication. It has nothing to do with fish ancestry.
Amazingly, Mosley even tried to tie hiccupsâ€”that irritating spasm of the diaphragmâ€”to evolutionary ancestry, although he stated itâ€™s a â€śbit of evidenceâ€ť that â€śwe seem to have inherited from an amphibian ancestor,â€ť2 a speculation based purely on the assumption of evolution.
It is hardly surprising that people and animals have blemishes such as hernias and hiccups. They are the result of the Fall and the Curseâ€”not a fishy ancestry.
- Clack, J. A. 2002. Gaining Ground: The Origin and Evolution of Tetrapods. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 17-18.
- Mosley, M. Anatomical clues to human evolution from fish. BBC News. Posted on bbc.co.uk May 5, 2011.
- Clack, 3.
- See Morris, J. D. and F. J. Sherwin. 2010. The Fossil Record. Dallas, TX: Institute for Creation Research; Denton, M. 1985. Evolution: A Theory in Crisis. Bethesda, MD: Adler & Adler; and Werner, C. 2007. Evolution: The Grand Experiment. Green Forest, AR: New Leaf Publishing.
- See Wells, J. 2000. Icons of Evolution. Washington, DC: Regnery Press, chapter 5.
* Mr. Sherwin is Research Associate, Senior Lecturer, and Science Writer at the Institute for Creation Research.
Cite this article: Sherwin, F. 2011. Fishy Evolutionary Explanations. Acts & Facts. 40 (8): 16.