Snakes Have Always Been Snakes | The Institute for Creation Research

Snakes Have Always Been Snakes

It's an old story. An animal or plant is discovered in sedimentary rocks by paleontologists and it pushes the organism's origin further back by many millions of years—but it's always a plant or animal already known to science. Granted, some of these fossilized creatures are extinct, but that's no indication they evolved.

This time snakes are the subject of a recent, unexpected discovery that supposedly pushes their first appearance back an additional 65 million years.1 Evolutionists were shocked at the discovery of four snake fossils, the oldest (Eophis underwoodi) dating back to "167 million years" by evolutionary dating. Prior to these discoveries the oldest snake fossil was a mere "102 million years old."

Creation scientists maintain snakes have always been snakes. Evolutionists say snakes evolved from some non-snake ancestor—evidently much longer than 167 million years ago. The problem is the complete lack of evidence of "modern" snakes having evolved from non-snake ancestors. Fossils of transitional snake-like creatures do not exist; there are only questionable theories and conjecture.

Through the decades, evolutionists have been at a bit of a loss as to the origin of snakes.

  • "Unfortunately, the fossil history of the snakes is very fragmentary, so that it is necessary to infer much of their evolution from the comparative anatomy of modern forms."2
  • "The origin of the snakes is still an unsolved problem."3
  • "Zoologists debate the evolutionary origin of the snakes."4
  • Even as recently as this year, 2015, evolutionists are still at a loss, "The debate is far from resolved."5

Is it any wonder the theme of no real evidence of evolutionary change is seen throughout another article regarding these same snake fossils? "The snakes in these groups ‘are still very much snakes, there is no question about the affinity of these living forms….'"6 Earlier in the same article the writer stated, "The remains seem to be most similar to modern snakes that belong to rather obscure groups, and are thought to be somewhat primitive members of the snake family, such as a group called the anilioids…." But evolutionist Allaby never refers to the Family Aniliidae as being "primitive."7 The debate continues.

As long as secular scientists trust in Darwinism, the origin of any kind of animal or plant will be far from resolved. Perhaps snake evolutionists should scale back their old story.

References

  1. Dunham, W. Remarkable fossils push back snake origins by 65 million years. Reuters. Posted on Reuters.com on January 27, 2015, accessed January 28, 2015.
  2. Colbert, E. et al. 2001. Colbert's Evolution of the Vertebrates, 5th Ed. New York: Wiley-Liss, 154.
  3. Stahl, B. 1985. Vertebrate History. New York: Dover Publications, Inc.,318.
  4. Miller, S. and J. Harley. 2013. Zoology. McGraw-Hill, 357.
  5. Benton, M. 2015. Vertebrate Paleontology. Malden, MA: Wiley Blackwell, 252.
  6. Blaszczak-Boxe, A. 2015. Oldest Known Snake Fossils Identified. Live Science. Posted January 27, 2015, accessed February 2, 2015.
  7. Allaby, M. 2014. Oxford Dictionary of Zoology. UK: Oxford University Press, 32.

*Mr. Sherwin is Research Associate, Senior Lecturer, and Science Writer at the Institute for Creation Research.

Article posted on February 9, 2015.

The Latest
NEWS
Cuckoo Completes Mammoth 7,500-Mile Migration
One particular common cuckoo will soon complete a mammoth migration through both Africa and Asia—a migration that is anything but common. Onon...

NEWS
Norwegians Find Viking Grave Under House Floor
In America we have the idiomatic expression “skeletons in the closet,” but what about finding a 1,000-year-old Viking grave, literally buried...

NEWS
‘Grand Canyon’ of Greenland Formed by Genesis Flood
A massive canyon rivalling Grand Canyon has been discovered beneath the ice on Greenland, and uniformitarian scientists are explaining it as a consequence...

DAYS OF PRAISE DEVOTIONALS
Summer 2020
...

NEWS
Hungry Bumblebees Hurry Pollen Production
May and June are abuzz with busy bees, really clever bumblebees.1,2 And their practical cleverness continues to astonish researchers, as a recently...

COVID-19
Different Interpretations of Same Data Is Routine
Are people growing weary of scientific experts giving them contradictory instructions for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic? It seems that there may be...

NEWS
Invasion of the Giant Lizards
We are already contending with the COVID-19 virus and the recent spate of murder hornets in the Pacific Northwest, but now sobering news coming out of...

NEWS
Many Martian Volcanoes May Be Mudflows
Tens of thousands of volcano-looking features exist across the northern lowlands and other areas across Mars.1 In the past, these volcanoes...

ACTS & FACTS
A Believer's Response to Challenging Times
As I write this, stay-at-home mandates due to the COVID-19 pandemic are still in force across much of the country. The resulting economic turmoil has...

APOLOGETICS
The Bird That Walks and Flies Under Water
The official bird of Norway is Cinclus cinclus, the white-throated dipper, an ordinary-looking bird that behaves in very extraordinary ways.1...