Biologists have long debated over how turtles got their shells. Some say skin thickened over time and hardened into an armored shell (like an armadillo). Others say some of the rib bones flattened out and became the shell with the ribs fused to the underside. A recent fossil discovery in New Mexico is being hailed as the missing link in turtle shell design. The specimen (an ancient turtle) was found with ribs detached from the shell. Its shell apparently formed the way an armadillo’s does. The scientist who identified the fossil (Walter Joyce) described it like this: “It’s pretty ugly, really…almost like a shoebox full of crud.” It consisted of three neck spines, a small bit of belly shell, and a fragment of back shell. Quite a bold assumption made from a “shoebox full of crud.” It is not half-turtle/half-armadillo so why call it a missing link? The reason is because lack of transitional forms is the biggest flaw in Darwinism. Evolutionists are so desperate for “links” that they miss the obvious. If armadillo and turtle shells are so different, why did evolution allow both? They both can’t be the “fittest” so why did evolution allow both to survive? The truth is that God created both animals much as they are today.
Reilly, Michael “How the Turtle Got Its Shell.” Discovery News 10/8/08