We Have the Fossils. We Win.
For some peculiar and unknown reason, the original version of the above poster has almost completely disappeared from the internet. I have a small, low-rez copy in an earlier article. I’ve only found one other copy anywhere on the internet, and it’s just a copy of mine (they kept my unique file name for it). I got it originally from Fundies Say the Darndest Things, but it seems to have disappeared even from there.
I’ve always liked this poster. The evidence for evolution goes way beyond the fossils, but this poster summarizes the fossil evidence quite well. One of the things creationists are always claiming is that there are “no transitional fossils!” Well you’re staring right at one!
I also like this poster, because it has been officially denounced by Kevin Wirth, minister of propaganda for Access Research Network. Anything that pisses off a creationist is gold in my book!
We need to get this thing back into circulation, with a better, bigger version. I found a big, clean copy of the tiktaalik photo and made us a new version over at MotiFake, which is what I’ve posted at the top. If you have a blog, please consider posting this (but please host the image on your site). If we can get enough members of this species onto the internet, it will reestablish itself as a self-sustaining population.
(Also, could everyone please go over to MotiFake and vote for this with a high rating? In its first hour, it received several low votes from the ignorant. I’d like it to have a higher rating, so it appears more credible to the folks who haven’t yet decided whether they believe in reality or fairy stories.) [It’s gone! See below.]
UPDATE: 2/17/09 @ 9:30 AM
We are currently the top-rated poster at MotiFake! Thank you for your vote. If you haven’t given this poster a high rating (preferably 5) yet, please do so. We won’t keep this position for long, and that’s OK. There’s no reason for a sustained campaign to do so. I just want this thing to have enough high votes that its rating won’t be too severely damaged when creationists find it and only give it a 1.
UPDATE: 2/21/09 @ 12:29 AM
The poster has been deleted from MotiFake!!!
Does anybody have any idea what happened? Is the site run by creationists? Other evolution posters are still around. This is really strange.