A Creation Museum Speaker Asks: Do Animals Evolve?

AiG-Osborne-transitional-fossils-2016

What does it mean to evolve? What is natural selection? Where did the genetic variation come from that allows evolution to happen? Why are there so many species of animals today?  What can mutations do? These are some of the questions that Answers in Genesis speaker Bryan Osborne addressed at public talks given at the young-earth […]

The Ark Encounter: Depicting a Real Flood with Unrealistic Images

Ark-encounter-Flood-narrative-WatersPrevailonEarthcropped2

Guests at the Ark Encounter will observe many descriptions and artistic impressions of what happened before, during and just after Noah’s Flood.  One set of images was especially interesting to me because it visualized different stages of the Flood.  One panel which explains how the Flood waters prevailed over the highest mountains was particularly perplexing because of […]

The Young-Earth Hyper-evolution Hypothesis: A Collection of Critiques

A possible YEC hypothesis of ruminant evolution. Notice the massive bottleneck.

Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter presents it visitors with exhibits with odd-looking creatures and explains that just 4350 years ago these were the common ancestors of  animal species we know today.  How and when did this transformation of “kinds” into thousands of species happen? At present, the consensus among young-earth creationists is that Noah’s Ark contained far […]

Invoking Super-Speed Evolution: The YEC Post-Flood Big Bang of Bird Speciation

Pictures of most of the living species of penguins. Young earth creationists consider these all to be members of the same "kind" and thus all of these evolved from a common ancestor.  Image credit: Wikipedia.

The diversity of birds on earth is remarkable. There are more than twice as many bird species alive today as there are mammal species.  A challenge for literal-day creationists is explaining how such diversity was either preserved during a global catastrophe not more than 4500 years ago or was formed after that event. Did Noah’s Ark hold […]

Is Natural Selection the Same Thing as Evolution? Assessing Dr. Purdom’s Confusing Answer

Ladybug-taking-off-Duff

The ministry of Ken Ham’s Answers in Genesis exists, in part, to provide Christians with responses to what they believe are anti-biblical beliefs about the age of the earth and the origin of biological diversity.  To provide these answers, AiG has assembled a small group of geologists and biologists.  These employees provide answers to questions that […]

Glyptodonts, Armadillos and Ken Ham’s Hyper-Speciation Model

Fossil of a large glyptodont on display. By Ryan Somma - Panochthus frenzelianus, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4987310

Armadillos are curious little animals but were all of them as small as they are today?  DNA extracted from a 12,000 year old bone of an extinct glyptodont the size of a small car revealed a genetic code that clearly places this huge animal inside the group (clade) of diverse animals we collectively call armadillos. These results just published […]

Ken Ham’s Biblical Evolution? I Have a Book That Says Otherwise

A Creationist' Evolution Terminology Guide.  I have modified a screenshot image of PPT slide from Ken Ham's debate with Bill Nye.  You can find the original image here:  https://answersingenesis.org/blogs/ken-ham/2014/02/12/post-debate-potpourri-part-one/

Two years ago Ken Ham very publicly promoted what he believes is a biblical model of evolution to explain the diversity of life on Earth.   I have a book before me that provides compelling evidence that his model of evolution is wrong. That book is the Bible.  For those that follow young earth creation literature nothing that Ken […]

Are Ruminants Derived from a Common Ancestor? Ruminating on the Meaning of Noahic “Kinds”

Gazella_thomsonii

What do giraffes, cows, sheep, antelope, and deer have in common?  Foremost, they all share a specialized digestive system that includes a four-chambered stomach that allows them to obtain nutrients and energy from vegetation that is inaccessible to most mammals.  This ability and other shared morphological traits are used by scientists to classify all of […]

Dodging Darwin: How Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter is Slowly Embracing Evolution

MacMillan-Evolution-Creationism-Ken-Ham-Ancestors-full

As the strict young-earth creationists at Answers in Genesis work to complete their Ark Encounter “theme park,” they have expended an impressive amount of energy organizing the millions of species of land animals alive today into a handful of small groups they call “baramins.” Creationists insist that while adaptation or speciation within a particular “baramin” is observable (and, indeed, necessary in order to account for the present observed diversity of life), there is never any overlap between separate kinds. Unfortunately for the young-earth model, the push to minimize the number of animals riding on the Ark has exposed a major problem with this view.

The Pacific Leaping Blenny: A Fish that Prefers to be on Land

A Pacific leaping blenny at Taga’chang, Guam, 10 June 2011.

This fish prefers to be out of water!  The Pacific leaping blenny is back in the news again with new research on how they avoid being eaten by birds and lizards. Whoa, back up a bit you say.  A fish living out of water! Yep, and this isn’t just a fish that can drag itself […]

Is Ken Ham’s Rapid Post-Flood Diversification Really Evolution?

A comparison of models of how organisms have changes, or not changed, throughout Earth's history.  This is a slide from one of my seminars that I use to give a simple overview of different models for the origins of modern diversity from a theistic viewpoint.

I ended my previous article, Ken Ham’s Darwinism, with the following observation: Ken Ham has fully embraced Post-Flood Rapid Evolution as a mechanism of creating the amazing variation we see today. As he slides further down the slippery slope into the rabbit hole of radical accelerated evolution he has now become, ironically, more accepting of naturalistic […]

Ken Ham’s Darwinism: On The Origin of Species by Means of Hyper-Evolution Following Noah’s Flood

The YEC biblical evolution model.  Screen capture of a slide from Ham's presentation during the Ham/Nye debate Feb 4 2013.

Young life creationists, or baraminologists as they prefer to be called, have experienced a paradigm shift over the past three decades. Initially, creationists made a point of identifying every possible characteristic of an organism as the result of special, unique creation. This, however, has changed; they are now increasingly embracing a model of common ancestry […]

The Diversity of Life: An Introductory Lecture

Cat-diversity-slide-creationism

Have you even wondered what students at a public university are taught in a general education biology class about the diversity of life?  I can’t promise that what I am going to share is typical but it is what over 100 students heard yesterday in my class.  Below I share a link to a recording (voice/PPT […]

A Flock of Genomes Reveals the Toothy Ancestry of Birds

Image credit: Julie McMahon / University of Illinois

A tidal wave of genomic information came ashore this week in the form of 45 new genome sequences of birds. In a series of papers released in Science hundreds of researches combine to analyze the hundreds of billions of pieces of genetic code of representatives of all the major groups of birds.  Prior to this only […]

We’re Going on a Fossil Hunt to Find a Herpes Virus

virus-blue-background

There is a very recent form of fossil hunting that I have gotten to partake in to some small extent, and I can do it while sitting in front of a computer screen! With some computer skills and some knowledge of animal genomes it isn’t difficult to join this hunt for fossils inside the genome of living organisms.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,061 other followers