Spider Ages by 80 Million Years

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Spider ages by 80 million years, according to a report in Cretaceous Research, Volume 27, June 2006, Pages 442-446. David Penney and Paul Selden have found the first fossils of a spider that now lives in New Zealand. The fossils were found in Cretaceous ambers found in Manitoba and Alberta in Canada. The fossils are juveniles but have all the distinctive features of a type of spider classified as belonging "to the single, extant, monotypic genus Huttonia O. Pickard-Cambridge". The researchers go on to say: "The fossils extend the known geological age of Huttoniidae back approximately 80 myr.” (80 million years).

Editorial Comment: If the oldest specimen of this spider is the same as the recent living specimens then this spider has not evolved, no matter how old you believe the fossil to be. This finding is exactly what you would predict on the basis of Genesis, which tells us that God made living things as separate kinds to multiply only after their own kinds. (Ref. arachnids, amber, fossil)

Evidence News, 9 August 2006

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