Pharyngula

I could not believe this
thread at the antievolution.org forum. Wesley Elsberry pointed out an instance of blatant fraud in a creationist presentation by Cornelius Hunter:

Then there was the ID conference in San Francisco where Dr. Cornelius G. Hunter, the “expert” involved in the antievolution shenanigans in Roseville, CA, presented the wolf and thylacine as identical twins separated at birth argument. His visual aid, handily printed in the proceedings, consisted of two images side-by-side. On one side, you had the usual painting of two thylacines in color. On the other, you had the same painting, mirrored horizontally, and desaturated. Yep, you just could not tell the difference between the wolves on one side and the thylacines on the other. Uncanny, even.

At least, none of the ID attendees cottoned on. It wasn’t until I pointed out the problem to Paul Nelson that the ID community had notice of it.

Hey, if faking one image is good enough to condemn Ernst Haeckel, it’s good enough for Cornelius Hunter, I think. But we’re not done. Hunter himself replied, ignoring the accusation that he’d faked his images altogether, and instead citing another source, by biologists, to support his claim of unexplainably great similarities between marsupials and placental mammals.

It is strange that evolutionists never get around to addressing the scientific issue. Wesley Elsberry appears to be denying convergence, but that can’t be true. If he has an explanation for convergence then let’s hear it. If not, then admit it. Here is the question for evolutionists: How is it that similarities such as the pentadactyl pattern are such powerful evidence for evolution, in light of equala and greater levels of similarity in distant species, such as dsplayed in the marsupial and placental mouse?

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/library/01/4/pdf/l_014_02.pdf

What’s truly delicious there, besides the desperate evasion of the main point, is the quality of the images he then wants us to examine. It’s a nice site — it’s PBS’s Evolution page — but that particular pdf is part of a children’s section, and it’s a picture from a coloring book.

Yeah, marsupials and placentals are indistinguishable from one another…if you sketch them out in crayon.


Wesley has a more detailed discussion of the faked photos at The Austringer.