Well, gee, there is certainly a lot of evidence that new species appear from time to time, just as others disappear.
Humans have only been here a couple hundred thousand years, for instance.
And just about all other present species have a date of approximate origination.
One just wonders why new species would come about? It is a spontaneous change, at least in the case of humans, where we all can trace our ancestry back to one African woman about 200,000 years ago, dear Lucy. For some reason, Lucy bore children that were siginificantly different than those of her contemporaries.
I do not know why fundamentalists question these things and go to great lengths with long unlikely implausible scenarios to explain why scientists are all wrong in their observations. For one, the Bible is clearly not meant to be taken literally, and two, Jews themselves, the originators of the Old Testament, do not take it literally, and the New Testament, which is the domain and product of Christians, does not even get into such things as creation and dinosaurs and the like.
Carbon dating is pretty darned accurate, as is the tertiary evidence of time segments. Carbon dating, after all, authenticated the Dead Sea Scrolls, and also debunked the Shroud Of Turin. Many Scientists are also quite religious, and have no trouble accepting The Word Of God in the Bible while recognizing that dinosaurs died out about 65 million years ago, long before humans or any other primate existed. Yet for some reason, some people cling to these notions, (which is their right), notions such as that dinosaurs were present on the Ark, another Old Testament story that is not taken literally by the very people that wrote the book, Jews.
(Virtually every Old Testament story or episode is present in some very similar version in the culture and tales of other peoples of Earth. The American Indians tell of The Great Spirit destoying wicked peoples with a great plains fire; the aborigines of Australia have a similar tale. The Old Testmant collected these stories, reflavord them into the Jewish culture, and used them as teaching aids, nothing more, certainly not things to be taken literally.)
How come God never speaks to us again, either through prophets or stone tablets or maybe Divinely Inspired documents found on some believer’s hard disk? Are we not important anymore? It seems He was always around to talk to Abraham and Isaac and Noah and Moses and Mohammed and St John the Baptist and convert Saul to Paul, all this happens over and over, but now that we REALLY NEED His Guidance, when it truly does look like the Middle East will explode and grow into a real nice Thermo-Nuclear war, where is He? Why does He remain silent? Why would he keep popping into people’s lives just like a Pop-Up ad on a computer screen every third day or so, but now? Now that we have the power to vaporize every living thing, He remains aloof and silent?
(One plausible explanation is that the Rapture already happened, the faithful were delivered to Heaven long ago, and those of us still here are a bunch of doomed losers.)
Dan the Wondering, and yes I am quite receptive to any answer that makes sense, even if it conflicts with a pre-conceived notion of my own, I am truly open-minded, really!