Genesis 2:1
“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.”

Has Darwin’s dilemma finally been solved? Darwin’s dilemma has been vexing evolutionists for more than 150 years. Charles Darwin, you see, was unable to explain the sudden arrival in Cambrian rock of most of the phyla we have today when no fossil evidence of their ancestors can be found in pre-Cambrian rock.

Marrella, the most abundant organism from the Burgess Shale Cambrian rockNot surprisingly, creationists frequently mention Darwin’s dilemma – another name for what is called the “Cambrian explosion” – when challenging the Darwinian view of the gradual origin of species. So evolutionists have been struggling to find a plausible answer.

Such an answer was recently proposed by researchers at South Australia’s University of Adelaide. They try to get around the dilemma by estimating that the rate of evolution during the “Cambrian explosion” was five times faster than it is today.

The evolutionary website ScienceDaily states with great confidence, “The findings … resolve ‘Darwin’s dilemma’: the sudden appearance of a plethora of modern animal groups in the fossil record during the early Cambrian period.”

Is the assertion that evolution happened five times faster than today really reasonable? No, it isn’t. In fact, it only creates another dilemma for evolutionists who have always insisted on uniformitarianism – that the rates of natural processes do not change over time. Darwin’s dilemma remains unsolved for evolutionists. But there is no dilemma at all for creationists who know that God created all living creatures on days five and six of Creation Week.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, I ask you to open the eyes of evolutionary scientists who reject what the Bible so clearly teaches. At one time, I, too, was blind to the truth. Thank you for opening my own eyes. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.


Author: Steven J. Schwartz
Ref: Michael S.Y. Lee, Julien Soubrier, Gregory D. Edgecombe. “Rates of Phenotypic and Genomic Evolution during the Cambrian Explosion”, Current Biology, 2013 DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2013.07.055. “Darwin’s dilemma resolved: Evolution’s ‘big bang’ explained by five times faster rates of evolution”, ScienceDaily, 9/12/13. Photo: Marrella, the most abundant organism from the Burgess Shale Cambrian rock. Courtesy of Verisimilus. Licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2.

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