Richard Dawkins describes Tik-tik in his his latest book, The Greatest Show on Earth, as “the perfect missing link—perfect, because it almost exactly splits the difference between fish and amphibian, and perfect because it is missing no longer.” But, sadly, Tiktaalik is now consigned to the scrap heap because tetrapod footprints have been discovered in Poland that are 18 million years earlier (all within the evolutionary story line, of course). That upsetting find was published in Nature and picked up on all the science-news channels early January.
I wrote an article about the implications of the find for creation.com, discussing some of the options that the evolutionists could be exploring to rewrite their story. But there is one option that I did not mention—ignore it. I wonder if that is what is happening on Wiki. When I looked at their their entry for Tiktaalik today there was no mention of the Nature paper by Niedzwiedzki et al. or of any of the surprised comments of paleontologists about the need to dump their whole transitional scheme. It hit the news over ten days but no-one would know from Wiki yet that poor old Tik-tik is an evolutionary has-been.
22 January 2010:
I edited Wiki myself today. See Wikipedia silent on Tiktaalik no longer.