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Is evolution just a theory A basic argument used by creationists is that evolution is only a theory and cannot be proven This creationist argument is based on the false assumption that the only way to prove evolution is for someone to actually observe large evolutionary changes for example birds evolving from dinosaurs Since this cant be accomplished in a few lifetimes creationists claim that proving evolution is impossible This argument totally ignores the enormous amount of factual data that supports the position that present life forms are descended from primitive ancestors Whether evolution is true or not depends on a careful and rational examination of the facts A fact is something that is supported by clear and incontrovertible evidence For example the Grand Canyon cuts through layers of different kinds of rock such as the Coconino sandstone Hermit Shale and Redwall limestone These rock layers often contain fossils and when a layer contains fossils they are characteristic of that layer Facts may be interpreted in different ways by different individuals but that doesnt change the facts themselves they are incontrovertible Another fact is that fossil skulls have been found that are intermediate in appearance between humans and modern apes They have brow ridges that are larger than humans but smaller than apes likewise their teeth and jaws are larger than humans but smaller than modern apes Numerous fossils have been found that are clearly intermediate between dinosaurs and birds and run the gamut from non-flying reptiles with feathers to birds that retain some reptilian characteristics like teeth and tail bones Persons may interpret the meaning of these fossils in different ways but that doesnt alter the fact that they do exist Facts stand alone they are independent of whether a person accepts evolution or rejects evolution In the world of science there are easily a hundred thousand facts relating to biology astronomy geology and so on
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