Creationist Wisdom #122: Dogs

ONCE again, we bring you some cutting-edge creation science from the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of creationist wisdom. Here are some excerpts from: Small Dogs Came from the Middle East. The bold font was added by us:

Although dogs come in many sizes, scientists have found some specific genetic markers for small dogs. A recent survey of these markers across many wild and domesticated dogs seems to have provided some answers for when and where the smaller breeds developed. And what the researchers discovered comes as no surprise in light of biblical history.

It’s good to see ICR paying attention to genetic markers. Now if they continue down that road, they might even — no, that’s unthinkable. Let’s read on:

In their study published in the online journal BMC Biology, four researchers led by UCLA’s Melissa Gray found that the same genetic markers for small dogs are found both in domesticated dogs and “in Middle Eastern gray wolves.”

Here’s a link to the abstract of the research paper they’re discussing: The IGF1 small dog haplotype is derived from Middle Eastern gray wolves. It appears, however, that ICR relied on this article in Discovery News: Small Dogs Originated in the Middle East. We continue:

Since there are so many modern varieties among small domestic dogs, it is apparent that a wolf with small stature, containing a remarkable inherent potential for variety, was first removed from a larger wolf population thousands of years ago. Afterward, other traits ― like snout size and coat texture ― were expressed in different descendant breeds. Thus, it appears that early on in the history of domesticated dogs, small dogs were separated out.

That’s ICR’s own understanding. According to creation science, the original animal “kinds” in the Garden of Eden were front-loaded with all the genetic material their wise and benevolent creator knew ahead of time that they would require, and subsequent variation is merely an expression of the capabilities already present from the beginning. Here’s more:

“All small dogs possess these diagnostic mutations,” according to the researchers. They found that a mobile DNA sequence, called a SINE, had been inserted into a particular place in the genome of small dogs. They also found a characteristic single DNA base change nearby, amidst a growth factor gene.

We’re confused. If the “remarkable inherent potential for variety was first removed from a larger wolf population thousands of years ago,” then why — according to creation science — aren’t these small dog markers found in all dogs — and all wolves too? Moving along:

But insisting that either the SINE insert or the base change came about through “mutation” is not scientific, since its origin was not observed.

Aaaargh!! Stay with us, there’s more:

Some single base changes are known to be the result of pre-designed genetic variation, not mutations.

Yes, in the lab. Is that what ICR is talking about? We doubt it. Another excerpt:

Likewise, mobile DNA elements like SINEs probably do not incorporate randomly. If they did, they would insert into vital genes and disrupt them, and this occurs only rarely. Instead, they appear to be parts of a pre-engineered system that generates certain varieties within an animal kind.

Ah — so when the mutation does cause disruption, as ICR acknowledges sometimes happens, that’s not by design. It’s probably because of that nasty 2nd Law of Thermodynamics. Or something.

Skipping a bit, we come to this:

The researchers wrote that “domestic dogs have rapidly diversified in body size.” This conclusion is consistent with the shorter time spans given in the creation-Flood model, which holds that all of today’s dog breeds have diversified in only the few thousands of years since the Genesis Flood, not over the 10,000 or so years of random selection proposed by evolutionists.

Not “10,000 or so years” proposed by evolutionists? ICR blew that one. The article in Discovery News mentions that fossils of large dogs have been found in Europe that are around 30,000 years old, not 10K years. But those dogs aren’t mentioned in the ICR article. Those big European dogs would have existed — gasp — pre-Flood, even pre-Eden!

This is getting good; we can’t stop now:

It is now agreed that “wolves were the ancestors of dogs.”

Huh? But … but … now we’re really confused. If dogs are descended from wolves, then why are there still wolves?

Oh well, on with the article:

It seems there has been too much migration and interbreeding between dogs and wolves to genetically resolve the accurate location of the first large dog’s origins. However, there is no data from genetics or archaeology that precludes a Middle East origin for large dogs, too.

That’s a bit of a stretch, isn’t it? Anyway, now we come to the end. Brace yourselves:

This study, like a recent analysis of apples, confirms the geography and the timing of the creation-Flood model, whereby all of today’s dog breeds began a relatively short time ago in the Middle East ― the resting place of Noah’s Ark, according to Genesis 8:4.

Stunning! Dogs prove Noah’s Ark! Yes! — it’s all so very clear. And it’s the same with kangaroos — isn’t it?

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4 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #122: Dogs

  1. Those big European dogs would have existed — gasp — pre-Flood, even pre-Eden!

    Not a problem. They’re in Europe, so they must be socialistSatanic forgeries put there to promote universal health care and the Eurovision Song Contest.

  2. Dogs prove Noah’s Ark! Just wow! The Chinese have been eating dog for more than 6000 years.

  3. Well, Answers in Genesis tells us ( http://www.answersingenesis.org/creation/v4/i1/noahs_flood.asp ) that the flood occurred in 2304 BC, therefore the Chinese can’t having been eating dog for any more than 4314 years. Which son of Noah’s did the Chinese come from again?

  4. Headstratch… I am still wanting to see any model of two dog/wolf kinds diversifying and populating into all the wolves, dogs, foxes, etc. while simultaneously crossing continents to arrive in their current habitats. They need to worry about making a coherent model BEFORE niggling into science papers they barely understand.