Those of us who have dealt with creationists for any period of time are used to seeing ridiculous monetary challenges. Kent Hovind has had one for years, so do Joseph Mastrapaolo and Karl Priest. They are all fake and pointless and, to a sane person, would be a source of profound embarrassment to those who offer them. The latest is from Ray Comfort, the Batman to Kirk Cameron’s Robin. True to form, it betrays a rank ignorance of evolution. I’ll post the full text below the fold:
The $10,000 Offer
A transitional form (or missing link) is an example of one species “evolving” into another species. Excited scientists thought they had found one when they discovered “Archaeopteryx.” The fossil led to the theory that the dinosaurs did not become extinct, but rather all turned into birds. The Field Museum in Chicago displayed what was believed to be an archaeopteryx fossil on October 4-19, 1997. It was hailed as “Archaeopteryx: The Bird That Rocked the World.” However, Dr. Alan Feduccia (evolutionary biologist at the University of North Carolina), said, “Paleontologists have tried to turn Archaeopteryx into an earth-bound, feathered dinosaur. But it’s not. It is a bird, a perching bird. And no amount of ‘paleo-babble’ is going to change that.” [Science, February 5, 1993]. So here’s my challenge: I will give $10,000 to the first person who can prove to me that they have found a genuine living transitional form (a lizard that produced a bird, or a dog that produced kittens, or a sheep that produced a chicken, or even as Archaeopteryx–a dinosaur that produced a bird). Species do not cross, no matter how long you leave them. The whole of creation is proof that evolution is truly “a fairytale for grownups.”
The reference to Feduccia is absurd. The only difference between Feduccia and other paleontologists is that Feduccia believes that there were lots of birds around before and after Archy and that the common ancestor of modern birds came after the extinction of dinosaurs. The dispute is over which exact group birds evolved from, not over whether evolution is true. Just another quote mine that means nothing.
As for the rest of it, it clearly shows that Comfort doesn’t know a damn thing about evolution. If a sheep gave birth to a chicken, evolution would be disproved, not proved. This is nothing more than ignorant blather from a dolt who knows nothing at all about evolution but feels qualified to spout off about it. And the sad thing is that his even more ignorant followers will lap it up like kittens with a bowl of milk.