AIG Says Your Legs Are Backwards

The wondrous things we learn from creation scientists are always awe-inspiring. Consider what we found today at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), described in the Cast of Characters section of our Intro page.

The title of AIG’s stunning new essay is: Your Legs Are on Backwards. That title is no joke. They’re serious, as you’ll soon see from the following excerpts, to which we’ve added some bold font for emphasis. Their lead sentence says:

You might be surprised to discover that your legs are on backwards compared to your arms.

Surprised? We’re speechless! Then they offer what they refer to as an experiment — a creation science experiment — which can be performed in the comfort of your own home. Like you, we can’t wait to learn more, so let’s plunge right in.

If you stand up straight with your palms facing forward, your forearms will bend forward at the elbow, but your lower legs will bend backward at the knee.

Hey — they’re right! Wow! They even have helpful diagrams at the end of their article to show how the experiment should be conducted. This is amazing stuff. But if our limbs are all turned around, how did we get that way? Let’s read on:

We can thank our Creator, however, for His wisdom in making us this way. If our arms flexed backward like our legs, it would be difficult to see our hands working behind our backs. On the other hand, if our legs flexed in the opposite direction, it would be difficult to walk forward.

That makes perfect sense! AIG continues:

God gave His creatures a variety of designs to suit His purposes. Bats’ legs, for example, are not completely rotated. As a result, the bat can’t walk on the ground, but its legs are perfectly designed for flying and hanging upside down in caves.

That absolutely proves the Darwinists are wrong. We ain’t no kin to no bat! Let’s skip a bit and jump right to the end:

So the next time you want to use your hands or feet, remember that God designed them for a purpose and He wants you to use them for His honor and glory. For example, you can bend your knees, fold your hands in prayer, and thank Him for Jesus who saved you from sin and death.

You see? That proves there’s a divine purpose for everything! Contemplate that, dear reader. And contemplate also that AIG’s essay is a splendid example of Encolonization — the condition of having one’s head perfectly located to encourage creationist thinking.

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22 responses to “AIG Says Your Legs Are Backwards

  1. Christine Janis,

    “Dr. David Menton holds his PhD in cell biology from Brown University”

    Which is why he doesn’t understand comparative anatomy — he never took my course at Brown.

  2. You might be surprised to discover that your legs are on backwards compared to your arms.

    That kind of mistaken idea is what happens to people who think in terms of design rather than in terms of evolution.

  3. Christine Janis,

    To comment further. All tetrapods (land vertebrates) have forelimbs that are rotated that way. An elbow that pointed forwards, like the knee, would leave the center of gravity of the animal unsupported. With the elbow pointed backwards, the center of gravity of a four-legged animal is now right underneath the elbow. However, if the elbow was simply rotated backwards, the front foot would be facing backwards too. So the forearm is twisted around so that the foot faces the front.

    This is why we (and all tetrapods) have a forearm where the hand can be pronated and supinated, with movements that come from the crossing and uncrossing of the radius and ulna. In the normal tetrapod position, with the palm flat on the floor, the radius and ulna are crossed. The tibia and fibula in the back leg cannot cross in this fashion, and any rotation of the back foot (e.g. to point backwards coming down a tree, like in a squirrel) is done via movements within the ankle bones.

    But, just like a creationist who knows a little human anatomy (but none about any other animal) — to think that the human condition is somehow unique, and God-given. This is simply something that is true of all tetrapods, that evolved very early in their history.

  4. Charles Deetz ;)

    What a empty post by AIG. But I learned a bunch … Christine’s explanation of limb rotation … and that SC had a new word for me to look up: encolonization.

  5. Christine Janis, says: “All tetrapods (land vertebrates) have forelimbs that are rotated that way.”

    All the more miraculous, wouldn’t you agree?

  6. Of course, many of the faster bipedal dinosaurs and birds (think ostriches) have reversed knees, which is one of the things that allows them to reach these speeds. Forward facing legs suck.

  7. @Christine Janis,:
    You say you work at Brown. Do you know Sharon Swartz?

  8. Several quibbles! First, the alien in Independence Day had backwards knees and he flew a spaceship! Second, I took Comp. Vert. Anat. from Ted Goslow who I think relocated to Brown Univ. in the 70’s and I can thank him for my ability to do an uncanny vulture impression. (Yes, it boggles the imagination.)

    And, third, all this talk about joints is fine and dandy but how does AIG explain the man from Nantucket, huh?

  9. Can we further conclude that opposable thumbs are designed, above all else, for passing the collection plate?
    Your hairy palms declare the glory of…

  10. docbill1351 says: “how does AIG explain the man from Nantucket, huh?”

    I think he settled down with the subject of a fondly-remembered Army marching song — the girl from ol’ Kentuck.

  11. Legs on backwards? That’s nothing. AIG has their heads up their …..*

    * I like to call it cranio-rectal inversion.

  12. Tomato Addict says: “cranio-rectal inversion”

    That, oh Red One, is Encolonization.

  13. I don’t have a sensible response to the AIG article, too much laughter and like the buzzword ‘Encolonization’. Still chuckling SC. This is a comedy channel now?

  14. Christine Janis,

    “Of course, many of the faster bipedal dinosaurs and birds (think ostriches) have reversed knees”

    No they don’t —- those ‘”backward facing” joints are actually their ankles (just like in a horse): the entire foot is enlongated and compressed, the animals are standing on tiptoe, so that the foot bones (metatarsals, fused together) look rather like a shin bone, and what looks like the entire foot (in, say, an ostrich) is actually just the toes.

    In birds, especially, the femur is fairly short and held horizontally and there is little movement of the femur on the the hip. The knee is sort of tucked up against the body and doesn’t appear to move much, so it’s easy to forget about the femur and to think that the actual leg starts at what is really the knee. Then, you might think that the tibia is the femur, and that the main joint you see is the knee (pointing backwards). Not so.

    Yes, I know Sharon.

  15. Christine Janis, I’ve been looking at some Tiktaalik drawings, and although I’m not certain, it too seems to be hinged the same way we are.

  16. Christine Janis,

    Tiktaalik has a bendable elbow (unlike Acanthostega, so it may have evolved convergently with the tetrapod condition). If it’s pointing its foot forward to any extent (rather than out to the side), when elevating or propelling its body while moving from the elbow joint, then the radius and ulna will probably cross over, as in tetrapods.

  17. All of this talk about joints makes me homesick for Colorado 🙂

  18. Oh! Just noticed another mistake made by AIG! They claim that bats cannot walk on the ground, which is simply not true (at least, not for all bat species).

    @Christine Janis,: I thought I recognized your name! I’m Sharon’s son!

  19. Last time I was at the zoo, it looked like the elephant’s front legs were hinged the same direction as the rear legs.

  20. That’s because they have really long wrists.

  21. Menton is a buffoon – or a big old liar, take your pick. He also famously wrote about Tiktaalik’s pelvic fins – which were not actually discovered. And re: Tik, he also claimed that because its forelimb was not directly attached to its axial skeleton, it could not have supported its weight on land – he says an attached limb is a requirement for terrestrial animals. Guess he never heard of elephants, or bears, or bison, etc. – none of whom have the direct bone-to-bone link Menton – an anatomist – claims is ‘required.’

  22. Christine Janis,

    Actually no tetrapods have a direct connection of the forelimb to the axial skeleton (if, by this, he means the vertebral column, which I think he does), except for some derived pterosaurs where the scapula attaches to some fused vertebrae (the notarium).

    You’re referring (I think) to the attachment via the clavicle and/or coracoid to the sternum — which is a feature of amniotes and not present in amphibians.

    So, on either account, he loses.