Scientists are baffled by his ability to survive. After the recent discovery of transitional fossil octopods, I predicted that creationists would abuse the discovery…and Denyse O’Leary fulfilled my prediction of stupidity by claiming that the fossils showed that cephalopods hadn’t evolved at all. Wouldn’t you know it, but Joseph Farah of World Nut Daily has upped the ante by being even more explicitly wrong.
1Scientists are baffled by the latest fossil find.
It’s an octopus they claim is 95 million years old.
And, guess what? It looks just like a modern-day octopus — complete with eight legs, rows of suckers and even traces of ink.
In all that time, it seems, the octopus hasn’t evolved — not one tiny bit.
1Scientists aren’t baffled at all by this discovery.
2Superficially, this is true — they do say it is 95 million years old. Farah is trying to spin it, though, by implying it is only a “claim”. It is a conclusion supported by the evidence.
3There are hundreds of octopod species. The level of description Farah provides is about what a four-year-old with a crayon might say, and it’s false. They (there were several species identified) do not look like modern octopods, but have several tell-tale differences.
4Completely false. Farah hasn’t read the paper, which fits these fossils into a long history of evolutionary change in the lineage.
That’s an impressive collection of falsehoods. It takes a creationist to screw up a story that thoroughly, I guess.