Have you ever seen a fossil plant series in a museum display or textbook on evolution? Nope. When I took college Biology at Arizona State University in the early 70’s they taught us evolution and a little bit of paleobotany (the study of plant fossils) but not a single fossil series was ever presented as evidence that plant evolution actually did happen. It was always assumed to have occurred at the same time as the primordial soup of “goo to you” and your relatives swinging from a tree or locked in a zoo. There has been a distinct lack of books regarding this area of evolution and I had to buy one recently in order to be familiar with the area for my articles. I found a number of them that all seem to be derivative works of the pioneer of the subject matter or they referenced his work extensively so I bought it.
This book was “The Diversity and Evolution of Plant”s, dated 1995 and published by CRC Press[i], a reputable publisher of top quality scientific manuals and textbooks, by the author, Dr Lorentz Pearson, who appears to be well qualified, being a Professor of Botany with a string of credits to his name. In the Preface, Professor Pearson boldly goes where so many others have gone and states that evolution is a fact attested to by the fossil record. The Introduction is entirely devoted to a narrative description of that evolutionary history. Now remember this, because it will be important near the end of this article.
The above is a simplified diagram of the plant phylogeny. Notice that evolutionists believe that plants first came from the ooze just as you and I did, from the bacteria and planktons and other assorted simple cells in the primordial soup . No idea as to how this goo separated into animals and plants, but I will be happy to overlook that particular issue just to show I’m not all bad- I mean just because that separation is the reason we are not walking, talking, intelligent trees such as in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, I will concede that point to the evillutionists.
The main body of the book consists of 18 chapters that deal with the whole plant kingdom at the level of its 29 classes. Each chapter contains a diagram of the ancestor-descendant relationships between each class and its near neighbors and between the subdivisions within each class. According to Pearson, every class evolved from another class, with the bacteria being the original ancestor of all the others. In all 18 chapters, not a single fossil series was quoted or illustrated to support the phylogenetic trees!
Not only is there a lack of positive evidence for evolution, there are even contradictions between his tree diagrams and his written descriptions in just about every chapter. Can you say “Contradiction?” On p. 367, his phylogenetic tree shows that in the calcareous green algae there are two sub-groups, one of which evolved from the other. However, on p. 386 he says this class has an excellent fossil record that shows that the two sub-groups were separate from the beginning! Can you say “Contradiction?” On p. 407, his phylogenetic tree claims that the mosses evolved from the liverworts, but on p. 413 he lists four reasons why this arrangement is not supported by the fossil evidence! Can you say “Contradiction?” On p. 447, he admits that there is ‘considerable difference of opinion’ on the alignment of the upper part of the phylogenetic tree, where many of the best fossils are! Can you say “I don’t know what I am talking about?”
Professor Pearson appears to have just assumed that evolution is a fact, and he has filled in the gaps in the evidence with his imagination.
[i] From their web page: “CRC Press is a premier publisher of science, technology, and medical reference books, textbooks and online content, reaching around the globe to collect essential reference material and the latest advances for researchers, academics, professionals and students.” On 1 May 2009 the company announced that it would be restructure its business so it was incorporated in Jersey but tax resident in Switzerland, which allows it to shelter its publishing income from U.S. tax rates. George Soros owns 28% of the stock in the Informa Group.