I should note that he is almost alone in spelling the word "Neandertal" the way the Germans have been spelling it for the last hundred years. Hats off. On to the post. He writes:
In my hominid baraminology paper, I merely cite Darwin's claim that similarities form a pattern that looks like a genealogy, thus supporting the inference of common ancestry.And if that were the only thing that supported common ancestry, that would be a defensible position. But it is not. One of the principle reasons that the trees derived from genetic data hold up is that we can look at the fossil record and see corroboration of where those the branches lie. It is not just that we have a record of some Neandertal genes being present in the modern genome. We also have the observed evidence of the morphological similarities between Neandertals and modern humans. In addition, in many places in which these two hominid forms appear, their behavior is hard to distinguish. There are countless other examples.
I've been criticized for this stance, but I'm not going to address those criticisms today. I'll just assert that I'm correct, which I am. The fact of similarity is easy to account for. Being created by one God would be a good reason for some degree of similarity to exist. Likewise, being created to occupy the same world or to participate in the same ecosystem would also necessitate some biological similarity. These types of considerations could explain why all living things use the same basic biochemical building blocks (amino acids, nucleotides, etc.), for example.
Genetic evidence suggests a diversification between fish and tetrapods several hundred million years back. Lo and behold, we find fishapods in the Devonian—animals, to quote Sir Arthur Keith, "In the throes of transition." Put simply, the further we go back in the fossil record, the fewer branches we find. This is exactly what you would expect with universal common descent based on evolution. Similarity might be easy to account for in the creationist perspective. When the fossil record is factored in, it is not.
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