Originally posted by EcstremeVenom
creationists always tell me they do not exist; evolutionists tell me they are everywhere. idk why somebody would lie but somebody is because they are not both correct, so could somebody show me a link to transitional fossils that are from a good source?
The popular claim of creationists is that there missing links. This probably originated from the time that the pattern of a dependency tree was first noticed in the fossil record and as people put pieces of the puzzle together they obviously found a few pieces missing and started looking for them.
If one is to try to put all known living things and all known previously living things (based on the fossil record) on a family tree type chart based on physiology, there are cases where it is not always immediately obvious which branch connects to which and there are cases where there isn't a uniform record of fossils showing the change from one form to another. However as time goes on, we find more and more fossils and more and more of the tree can be filled in with varying degrees of certainty. There are also other methods (dna etc) for determining the correct relationships between life forms.
Creationists try like to highlight this as a 'problem' with the Theory of Evolution when it is no such thing.
The only way one would expect a perfect, complete fossil record, is if every single living thing got fossilized when it died and if we were able to collect and analyze every such fossil.
Creationists like to characterize evolution as a series of sudden steps when the truth is much more a case of gradual change. They tend to imply that the fossil record shows a set of distinct unchanging species with no 'intermediary' fossils. However, if looked at correctly, every fossil and every current species is an intermediary form between its ancestors and its descendants.
An easy way to refute the creationists claims is to point out that they too will accept that every dog species know today is descended from a common ancestor yet no-one can produce a complete set of fossil dog skeletons showing all the various forms including intermediary forms that dogs have every taken.