It’s become practically a cliche in media and the left that to believe in religion is to be a “science denier”. This conveniently forgets that that men of faith have been men of science for centuries and that the university system itself came from the Catholic church.
That’s why I think this story is going to get little or no play outside of faith or conservative circles:
Landmark new research that involves analyzing millions of DNA barcodes has debunked much about what we know today about the evolution of species.
In a massive genetic study, senior research associate at the Program for the Human Environment at Rockefeller University Mark Stoeckle and University of Basel geneticist David Thaler discovered that virtually 90 percent of all animals on Earth appeared at right around the same time.
More specifically, they found out that 9 out of 10 animal species on the planet came to being at the same time as humans did some 100,000 to 200,000 years ago.
The article goes into detail about how this was discovered, the full study itself has been published in the journal Human Evolution and is available here, it’s conclusion:
Science greedily seizes simplicity among complexities. Speciation occurs via alter native pathways distinct in terms of the number of genes involved and the abruptness of transitions . Nuclear variance in modern humans varies by loci in part due to unequal selection  and the linkage of neutral sites to those that undergo differential selection. Complexity is the norm when dealing with variance of the nuclear ensemble [150-154]. It is remarkable that despite the diversity of speciation mechanisms and path ways the mitochondrial sequence variance in almost all extant animal species should be constrained within narrow parameters.Mostly synonymous and apparently neutral variation in mitochondria within species shows a similar quantitative pattern across the entire animal kingdom. The pattern is that that most—over 90% in the best characterized groups—of the approximately five million barcode sequences cluster into groups with between 0.0% and 0.5% variance as measured by APD, with an average APD of 0.2%
Science being science further study of these results certainly is warranted and the conclusion based on the evidece that 90% of all species appeared at the same time in study is not the same as concluding that:
Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth all kinds of living creatures: cattle, creeping things, and wild animals of all kinds.” And so it happened: God made all kinds of wild animals, all kinds of cattle, and all kinds of creeping things of the earth. God saw how good it was.
Then God said: “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and the cattle, and over all the wild animals and all the creatures that crawl on the ground.”
was the cause of these results, as our skeptical humanists friends will no doubt rightly tell us. So by all means continue the research and let it go where it may.
But before you get your hopes up about debunking this study you might want to read what I thought was the most significant quote concerning this study the article at Tech Times: (emphasis mine)
“This conclusion is very surprising,” says Thaler, “and I fought against it as hard as I could.”
In other words this professor realizing what the conclusions from his data implied did all he could to debunk this unexpected conclusion short of altering the data itself, but being a scientist looking for results rather than a person seeking to validate his own opinions was forced to come to the conclusions published herein.
I have no idea if Professor Thaler is a disciple of Christ or a disciple of Moses but he is without a question a disciple of Feynman who said
It doesn’t matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn’t matter how smart you are. If it doesn’t agree with experiment, it’s wrong.
Or to put it another way, conventional wisdom is always correct right up until the moment it’s not.
Via Weirddave at Ace of Spade