A 80 Million Year Old Rare Frilled Shark Fossil Found in Australia Speaks Against Darwinism



By Harun Yahya

Recently, reports appeared in the press stating that a prehistoric shark had been caught in Australia.

Fishermen trawling near Lakes Entrance in southern Victoria hauled up a fish  from a depth of 700 meters, one that resembled no fish they were familiar with. It resembled an eel in overall appearance and had 300 very sharp teeth set in 25 rows. Investigation showed that this fish was a Frilled Shark known as Chlamydoselachus anguineus.

This shark was first described by the German Ludwig Döderlein on a visit to Japan in 1879. It is a rare bottom-dwelling fish, typically found at depths up to 1,500 meters in a number of seas all around the world.

Paleontology provides us with more important information about this fish; it has remained unchanged for 80 million years. With its unique six pairs of frilled gill slits and up to 300 razor-sharp teeth, it has neither turned into any other species nor undergone the slightest change. The Frilled Shark is therefore described as a Living Fossil in the scientific literature.

Why a living fossil? Because the theory of evolution maintains that this fish should have had fewer characteristics than it has now and have undergone various changes over millions of years, or at the very least, it should have long ago become extinct. Yet its appearance is just the same now as it was on the first day, and it is still living in various parts of the world.

As documented in the Atlas of Creation, this applies to countless life forms: Species do not change, even over millions of years. No such process as evolution has ever happened in the history of living beings. The Frilled Shark, which has remained the same for 80 million years, is further scientific evidence of this.


The writer has authored more than 300 books translated in 73 languages on politics, religion and science. He may be followed at @Harun_Yahya and www.harunyahya.com

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Harun Yahya


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    Mikael Murstam 10 May, 2015 at 23:40 Reply

    Haha really? Do you think species just evolve because time goes by? Species do not evolve by themselves, they evolve IF and ONLY IF their environment changes AND their current form is not sufficient to survive in that change. If their environment hasn't changed, then they do not evolve, and they do not go extinct. Because this was at such a depth of 700 meters, very little has changed and thus the shark stays the same.

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    Mikael Murstam 11 May, 2015 at 00:59 Reply

    NewsRescue Situation We didn't all live at such depth. When an environment changes you either die or survive. With every generation there is a risk of random genetic errors called mutations. Most of them are bad. Sometimes they happen to be beneficial. If that mutation makes them more adapted to the changed environment, then they survive while the ones who lack that mutation die off (in time). If the environment doesn't change, that mutation may still happen, but the difference is that the normal ones do not die off. The sharks environment in this article hasn't changed, and because the shark is already optimized for that environment there is no benefit in changing the genome. The amount of mutations would most likely be the same over time regardless, but they would not be beneficial simply because the shark is already optimized for its environment. Small changes to the environment and the genome makes up big changes and eventually the changes have accumulated enough to call it a different species. This is called evolution by natural selection. If say the food is scarce in a part the ocean for a certain fish but the food on land is plentiful. The fish that can reach up and grab an insect would have a greater chance of survival. Eventually a fish may be able to use its fins to crawl a certain distance and grab an insect on land. That fish would carry forward that trait to the next generation. Eventually it would evolve leg like extremities in order to find food more efficiently… and so on and so forth. If change to the environment happens faster than this adaptation, then a species goes extinct.

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