We recently noticed this headline at Physorg: Genetic analysis uncovers four species of giraffe, not just one. The article says:
Up until now, scientists had only recognized a single species of giraffe made up of several subspecies. But, according to the most inclusive genetic analysis of giraffe relationships to date, giraffes actually aren’t one species, but four. For comparison, the genetic differences among giraffe species are at least as great as those between polar and brown bears.
The genetic analysis shows that there are four highly distinct groups of giraffe, which apparently do not mate with each other in the wild. As a result, they say, giraffes should be recognized as four distinct species. Those four species include (1) southern giraffe (Giraffa giraffa), (2) Masai giraffe (G. tippelskirchi), (3) reticulated giraffe (G. reticulata), and (4) northern giraffe (G. camelopardalis), which includes the Nubian giraffe (G. c. amelopardalis) as a distinct subspecies.
We thought about it briefly, but then decided it wasn’t noteworthy enough to mention here. There are more than 400,000 known species of beetles, with new ones discovered all the time, but we don’t blog about them either. We never imagined that the creationists would find anything to say about the giraffes. But we were wrong.
Today we found New Evidence for Evolution? Giraffes Turn into . . . Giraffes! at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG). It was written by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
After briefly mentioning the new discovery, Hambo says:
These four giraffe species and the okapi are all members of the giraffe kind that God originally created. God designed each kind with a massive amount of genetic variability in their DNA. This incredible variety allows them to spread out and fill different environments all over the world (e.g., dogs in the desert and the Arctic). These new species may look a little (or a lot!) different from one another, but they are all still part of one kind and are genetically different from every other kind. These giraffe species confirm that they were created according to their kind. New species can form, but giraffes are still giraffes.
Ah yes. Ever since the days of Adam & Eve, giraffes have always been giraffes. Then Hambo promotes his latest creationist attraction:
You’ll find sculptures of what the original giraffe kind may have looked like at our Ark Encounter, south of Cincinnati.
How exciting! After that he tells us:
Dr. Nathaniel Jeanson, a researcher and speaker here at Answers in Genesis with a PhD from Harvard University, commented on the finding:
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Jeanson’s write-up in the Encyclopedia of American Loons says he has “a Medical PhD from Harvard.” What did he say about the giraffes? Hambo quotes the genius:
The recent giraffe study exemplifies a massive pattern of which few people are aware. “Species” as we understand them are very recent discoveries — because the tools by which we discover and identify them are new. When Charles Darwin proposed an origin for species, less than 1,800 of the modern mammal species were known to science. Global travel was much more difficult then, and genetics wasn’t even a field of science. Today, over 5,400 species of mammals are recognized.
Wow — compared to the experts on Hambo’s staff, Darwin was an ignoramus! The quote from Jeanson continues:
Since Darwin was unaware of the existence of roughly two-thirds of mammal species, could he really talk about their origins in a persuasive way? Could he make enough observations to derive the answer to their origin? The history of classification — which reveals a massive increase in species numbers within the last 200 years — raises vexing questions about the heart of the creation/evolution debate.
Yes — vexing questions! There seems little doubt that if Darwin had known about these newly-discovered giraffe species, he never would have proposed his godless theory of evolution.
Hambo doesn’t say anything else, other than referring us to some other article by Jeanson, so now we’ll stop and let you contemplate the meaning of these new giraffe species. According to Hambo, they’re evidence for special creation.
The big question is: now that you’re confronted with this giraffe news, why do you still cling to the obsolete theory of evolution, dear reader?
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