In July 2017, an article was published in the Journal of Systematic Palaeontology on behalf of the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany, about a newly discovered insect fossil.
The evolutionist news site Science Daily introduced the newly discovered fossil with the following words: “He’s Australian, around half a centimetre long, fairly nondescript, 300 million years old, and he’s currently causing astonishment among both entomologists and paleontologists.”
The reason why this Permian Era insect caused astonishment among evolutionist circles is that it carries the same features as the modern insects, and in this sense, it refutes the evolutionists’ claim that “life progressed from the primitive to the complex”.
300 million years old Ponomarenkia belmonthensis fossil
|Outline of the fossil|
When the fossil of this beetle that lived 300 million years ago was studied, it was confirmed that it had very complex features, according to the observations of experts in the field of insect palaeontology.
|Morphological properties in detail
A Head and pronotum in detail
C, D Abdominal apex
This 300-million-year-old fossil shows many similar features with present-day beetles such as antennae resembling a string of beads, antennal grooves, and the unusually narrow abdomen, tapering to a point. The shell part- wing cases of the fossil, also known as the elytra, is not as soft as the evolutionists claim is typically found in Permian insects based on their so-called evolutionary scenario; instead, it has a completely rigid structure and the body’s surface is largely smooth.
You can see the elytra on this picture which shows the anatomy of the violin beetle.
According to Dr. Evgeny V. Yan, an insect paleontologist from Friedrich Schiller University, the thoracic segments responsible for locomotion and the smooth body surface of the beetle also shows the same features as we see in modern insects.
3D animation created by close examination of the fossil
The importance and function of the elytra
The presence of elytra in this 300-million-year-old insect fossil is highly significant because the evolutionists claimed that insects only had wings when they first appeared, and that the unused front wings hardened to form elytra over time. Prior to the discovery of this fossil, the elytra was typically shown as “wings that lost their function of flight” by evolutionists.
However, this fossil is 300 million years old; it belongs to a time 70 million years prior to the era of the dinosaurs. Therefore, this is significant in the sense that they demonstrate this beetle didn’t undergo a change, even during periods where most living organisms disappeared and that it had survived tough conditions.
Additionally, the complexity of the structure of elytra is a problem in itself for the supporters of the theory of evolution, who advocate that “life progressed from simple to complex”.
The elytra is a hard outer skeleton that covers the wings of the insect. As well as protecting the insect, it has other functions as well. Some insects trap moisture in their wings and the elytra helps keeping that moisture in. In this way, the wings are protected from heat and wind; this is especially vital for insects to be able to traverse arid deserts without dehydrating. The elytra is also very important for insect species living underwater, because these insects store air under their wings. The elytra allows them to keep this air under their wings and move freely under water. In the absence of the elytra, it would not be possible for insects to survive under the conditions described above. Therefore, these life forms must possess this hard exoskeleton that covers their wings starting from the first moment of their existence.
Elytra is also perfect in terms of material engineering. In insects, the rear wings are composed of membranes. However, to a large extent, the elytra has a protein structure: These proteins are the materials that make up the rigid cuticle of the elytra. The cuticle in the elytra completely hardens thanks to the chemical bonds between the protein strands and extensive crosslinking.
According to the evolutionists’ claim, at some point in history, these proteins must have started to build cuticles in the front wings as a result of coincidental mutations, and these mutations must have turned the soft front wings into hard shells.
However, thanks to this newly discovered fossil, it has been revealed that these assumptions are invalid because it has been established that this 300-million-year-old fossil possesses an elytra with the same features as modern insects. Besides, not only the elytra, but also the whole anatomical structure of the fossil insect is marvelous and is the same as the modern insects.
First, an insect that lived with transparent wings for years needs to realize that it needs a wing that is hard enough to protect itself, but light enough not to be a burden for flight; then, after a long period of discovery and examination, it needs to discover the material known as cuticle which is completely unknown to it, and it needs to examine the properties of this material and determine that it is exactly what it is looking for. After establishing that, the insect needs to start producing it. The insect has to understand that it needs two different kinds of proteins for cuticle production, transfer these proteins to its genes after many years of genetic engineering, and after that, it needs to produce cuticles by forming very different chemical bonds.
It is, indeed, impossible for a tiny insect to discover and perform such complex processes on its own.
The fossil discoveries are the evidence that living organisms didn’t undergo any change for millions of years. The insects living today have the same physical structure as their ancestors who lived millions of years ago. They have never changed, never evolved.
This fact is acknowledged by Jessica Ware -an Assistant Professor of evolutionary biology- and Karl Kjer -a Professor at the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources at Rutgers University in New Jersey- respectively with the following words:
“When we picture Tyrannosaurus rex roaming the Earth, we can say there were dragonflies around, and probably grasshoppers and crickets and butterflies.”
“If you had a time machine and you went back to the Jurassic, we entomologists would recognize all of the insects and we could [classify] them into their proper order. Many of them would look very similar to what we see today.”
The clear fact this 300-million-year-old insect fossil demonstrates is that life didn’t happen as a result of random mutations triggered by blind coincidences or radioactive environments; each living organism came to existence with the features most compatible with their way of life, and they appeared with these features since the first moment of their existence. This is only possible through creation by God.