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Günter Bechly on Fossils and Common Descent, Pt 1

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Günter Bechly
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Sarah Chaffee interviews German paleontologist Günter Bechly on the book Theistic Evolution: A Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Critique, specifically his chapter with Stephen Meyer on The Fossil Record and Universal Common Ancestry. Bechly, who had been a prominent proponent of Darwinism, discovered late in his career that there are significant scientific reasons to doubt the evolutionary story. His chapter in the book describes some of these reasons.

A big one: the abrupt appearance of major body plans in the fossil record, and not just in the often-discussed Cambrian Explosion. In fact, as Bechly puts it, “Abrupt appearances are the rule.” In this episode he discusses one of these abrupt appearances in particular.

Günter Bechly

Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Culture
Günter Bechly is a German paleo-entomologist who specializes in the fossil history and systematics of insects (esp. dragonflies), the most diverse group of animals. He served as curator for amber and fossil insects in the department of paleontology at the State Museum of Natural History (SMNS) in Stuttgart, Germany. He is also a Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. Dr. Bechly earned his Ph.D. in geosciences from Eberhard-Karls-University in Tübingen, Germany.
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abrupt appearances
Cambrian Explosion
fossil discontinuities
Fossil Record
theistic evolution