In the Ediacara region of South Australia referred to, a larIn its April 12 2003 issue, the magazine New Scientist published an article headlined: “Ice Magic.” In the article, one of the matters which is amongst the greatest problems of the theory of evolution is considered and speculation is set forth about the so-called evolutionary origins of multicellular organisms. However, this speculation does not touch on the difference between single cell and multicellular organisms and does not even provide an answer as to how the transfer from one to the other could have been effected. It is claimed only that the supposed “snowball earth” period when the world was covered with ice to a depth of one meter might have played a part in this so-called evolution. The article also refers to the Ediacara fauna which date back 600 million years and claims that fossils found in Ediacara demonstrate the emergence of multicellular creatures through evolution.ge number and variety of fossils of invertebrates from the Pre-Cambrian period have been obtained. As there are a very small number of multi-celled fossils from preceding periods, the Ediacara fauna are very important.
In the article in New Scientist, it is explained that the snowball earth period from 750 to 590 million years ago is regarded as a series of ice ages, each of which lasted 10 million years and it is stated that these were followed by intense heating. New Scientist claims that multi-celled creatures in regions such as Ediacara evolved from single cell creatures in connection with the extreme temperature differences which occurred during this period.
However, the speculations in New Scientist are both unproven and fail to provide a single answer to the question of how single cell creatures came into being and were able to turn into multicellular ones. New Scientist merely relates a fable about how such vital functions of single-celled organisms as feeding, digestion, excretion and reproduction came to be shared some time later by multiple cells without providing any proof whatsoever.
In a multicellular organism, the cells demonstrate integration and independence to differing degrees. The development of multicellular organisms is brought about by cellular separation and division of functions. Cells become productive in a single function and are dependent on other cells for the necessities of life.
For example, if the human body has emerged from a single cell, it possesses more than 200 different tissue types and the cells in each of these perform different functions.
Multicellular organisms are developed organisms whose cells possess a special communications system united within a special cellular network. Multicellular organisms have a special design based not on a numerical majority but on functionality and complexity at a high level.
In the operation of all these functions, a common consciousness is observable. It is blatantly obvious that the cells could not have come together in such a system by accident. The origin of multicellular organisms can only be explained by conscious design, that is by the Creation.
In fact there is no intermediate form between single cell and multicellular organisms. In the world of living creatures, there are only single cell organisms and multi-celled organisms which live through the operation in an organized and specialized fashion of thousands, tens of thousands, of cells. It has not been observed that two, three, four or five cells have come together to form a living organism. Just as there is no such life form in the living world, neither is there any in fossil records. Nor is there any logic in single cell organisms, which according to Darwinism have to live “for their own selfish existences”, coming together to create a new organism.
In short, the origin of multicellular creatures is in complete darkness as far as the theory of evolution is concerned. An escape from this darkness is not possible by means of speculating about the world’s climatic conditions.
We recommend New Scientist to accept that it is not possible to explain the differences between single cell and multi-celled creatures through evolution and to abandon scenarios based on imaginative speculation.2003-04-12 00:00:00