THE END OF THE MYTH
The coelacanth lives! The team that caught the first
living coelacanth in the Indian Ocean on 22 December, 1938,
is seen here with the fish.
Up until 70 years ago, evolutionists had a fossil
fish which they considered "the ancestor of land animals".
Scientific developments, however, put an end to all evolutionist
claims about this fish.
The absence of intermediate form fossils between
fish and amphibians is a fact evolutionists also admit to today.
However, until 70 years ago, it was accepted that a fossil fish
called the coelacanth was an outright intermediate form. Evolutionists
claimed that the coelacanth, which was estimated to be 410 million
years of age, was a transitional form with a primitive lung, a developed
brain, a digestive and a circulatory system ready to function on
land, and even a primitive walking mechanism. These evolutionary
interpretations were accepted as undisputed truth in scientific
circles until the end of the 1930's.
However, on December 22, 1938, a very interesting
discovery was made in the Indian Ocean. A living member of the coelacanth
family, previously presented as a transitional form that had become
extinct 70 million years ago, was caught! The discovery of a "living"
prototype of coelacanth undoubtedly gave evolutionists a severe
shock. The evolutionist paleontologist, J.L.B. Smith, said that
he could not have been more surprised if he had come across a living
dinosaur.28 In the following
years, more than 200 coelacanths were caught in different parts
of the world.
DRAWINGS AND A REAL COELACANTH
Until a living specimen of it was found, evolutionists presented
the coelacanth as the ancestor of "all land animals". Drawings
such as the above were presented as fact and took their
place in textbooks. When a living example of the fish was
caught (side picture), all these evolutionist allegations
Before a living example of it was caught, evolutionists
believed that the coelacanth had organs which were half-fin
and half-foot that enabled it to creep on land. When the living
coelacanth was examined, it was understood that the fins of
the fish had no such additional function.
Evolutionists had claimed that the fish had a primitive
lung. However, the organ that was supposed to be a primitive
lung turned out to be a lipid pouch.
It was asserted that the brain structure of the coelacanth
also resembled that of land animals. However, it was revealed
that its brain was no different from that of modern fish.
Living coelacanths revealed how far evolutionists
could go in making up their imaginary scenarios. Contrary to their
claims, coelacanths had neither a primitive lung nor a large brain.
The organ that evolutionist researchers claimed to be a primitive
lung turned out to be nothing but a lipid pouch.29
Furthermore, the coelacanth, which was introduced as "a reptile
candidate getting prepared to pass from sea to land", was in
reality a fish that lived in the depths of the oceans and always
stayed more than 180 metres below the surface.30
Hublin, The Hamlyn Encyclopędia of Prehistoric Animals, New York:
The Hamlyn Publishing Group Ltd., 1984, p. 120
29- Jacques Millot, "The Coelacanth", Scientific
American, Vol 193, December 1955, p. 39
30- Bilim ve Teknik (Science and Technology), November
1998, No. 372, p. 21