It is finished! In this last installment of addressing a particular TrueChristiantm’s claims, we have some of the most ridiculous claims. I’m not sure if he thought this was the best he had and he wanted a “strong” finish or if it’s just coincidence. Again, here is the pdf truechristian post 19-23
(EDIT: 02-21-13- our Christian guest has now said that he had put up his original post a “very long time ago” on one of his multiple blogs: http://ryftkohiahpapers.wordpress.com/29-2/ Well, a “very long time ago” isn’t quite true and he has altered his post from the original as expected[alas he still gets things wrong], but what’s one more bit of nonsense? )
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Today we have the claim that fossils aren’t arranged by complexity and it’s just a conspiracy by textbook illustrators to put the trilobite at the near bottom (Cambrian, where cool things like the Burgess and Emu Bay shales are). For it has the “most complex eye structure ever in the world”! First, for this to even have a small chance of working, one has to pick a trilobite; the little buggers were around for 270 million years in many different species. Then, you define what you mean by “most complex”. As it stands, the mantis shrimp is in the running for most abilities shoved into an eye. And even in the Cambrian, the anomalocaris had much better eyes than the trilobite.
Compound eyes like the trilobites are good at seeing motion but not much else. There is nothing to suggest they are the “most complex eye structure in the world”. They aren’t even more complex than humans. Humans have blind spots but other benefits. Octopi eyes don’t have those.
Eyes are very useful, but are not necessary as we see in beasties that lose their usefulness when living in caves. (nice scientific paper on the subject; and a slightly less technical article.) There are some critters that haven’t gone beyond eyespots, that only determing light vs dark. Planaria (the cute little guys that can be made to grow two heads), are just doing fine with eyespots. They simply do not need anything more effective in the environment they exist in.
More false claims continue but now we’re in the later eras. We are asked if we know that there are dinosaur remains found with humans, that human remains have been found under dino remains. Our TrueChristiantm mentions the KBS tuff. This is a layer of sediment (mostly compacted volcanic ash, that’s what “tuff” is) that contains human remains in northern Kenya. I can find no reports of evidence of dinosaur remains in this layer at all. Continue reading “Not So Polite Dinner Conversation – Part 10 – and I’m done …. for now”