Answers in Genesis: Behold the Platypus

This one is going to change your life, dear reader. It’s from the creation scientists at Answers in Genesis (AIG) — the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia. AIG’s article is titled Platypus: the Mystery Mammal. It was written by Karin Viet, of whom we know nothing. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

From an acorn-size egg hatches a mysterious creature with a duck-like bill, beaver-like tail, and reptile-like stance. It’s a bird! It’s a reptile! It’s a — platypus!

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Skipping some description of the creature, Karin says:

The Europeans who first encountered the platypus late in the 18th century were puzzled about how to classify an animal with mammal, reptile, and bird features. Some even disregarded the patchwork platypus as a hoax. Early studies labeled the platypus as primitive until discovery of the intricate design of electroreception, which enables the platypus to sense electrical currents from the muscle contractions of the animals it hunts.

Okay, but where’s the creationism? Hold on, dear reader, it’s coming. Karin tells us:

If the platypus evolved, we would expect to find transitional forms in the fossil record. Yet platypus fossils, which have been found as far as South America, vary little from their modern counterparts. The only difference is that today’s platypus has degenerated from the early, more robust platypus. Recent evidence shows that platypuses lived at the same time as dinosaurs, a finding that fits perfectly with the creation account.

It also fits perfectly with the tale of Noah’s Ark — doesn’t it? Never mind that. Karin says the platypus hasn’t evolved. Ever since creation, a mere 6,000 years ago, it’s been reproducing according to its “kind” — a strangely Darwinian combination of kinds. Oh, wait — the Wikipedia article on the Platypus tells us:

In fact, modern monotremes are the survivors of an early branching of the mammal tree, and a later branching is thought to have led to the marsupial and placental groups. Molecular clock and fossil dating suggest platypuses split from echidnas around 19–48 million years ago. The oldest discovered fossil of the modern platypus dates back to about 100,000 years ago, during the Quaternary period.

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Monotrematum sudamericanum, another fossil relative of the platypus, has been found in Argentina, indicating monotremes were present in the supercontinent of Gondwana when the continents of South America and Australia were joined via Antarctica (up to about 167 million years ago). A fossilized tooth of a giant platypus species, Obdurodon tharalkooschild, was dated 5–15 million years ago. Judging by the tooth, the animal measured 1.3 meters long, making it the largest platypus on record.

Well, phooey on Wikipedia! Then Karin gives us some amazing news:

The platypus is Ken Ham’s favorite animal:

[Presumably quoting ol’ Hambo:] Every time an evolutionist looks at the platypus, I think God smiles! Think about it. It has a bill like a duck, a beaver-like tail, webbed feet like an otter, hair like a bear, claws like a reptile, lays eggs like a turtle, and has poison like a snake!

An obvious example of intelligent design! One look at it will drive the Darwinism out of anyone. Karin says:

After learning about the platypus, perhaps your evolutionist friend will acknowledge the Creator’s design.

Yes — unless your evolutionist friend wants to spend eternity in the Lake of Fire. And now we come to the end:

But don’t stop there! The God who reveals himself in creation also reveals himself in his Word — the Bible. Take your friend on a tour through Romans. Here are a few highlights to share: [scripture references]. Pray that God’s kindness would lead many to turn to Jesus as the only Savior from sin.

That’s all you need to convert a godless evolutionist — a platypus in one hand and a bible in the other. Now get out there and start preaching!

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13 responses to “Answers in Genesis: Behold the Platypus

  1. I took a look at the proof-texts, and I didn’t see anything about the platypus.
    Apparently the people of the 18th century weren’t aware of the predictions of the platypus in the Bible. Which of the six days of creation was for the platypus?

  2. Derek Freyberg

    And apparently we are to be treated to more of the same, since Karin’s previous article (June 6) had a list of “10 Sin-Cursed Animals That Still Show Divine Design” – poor little platypus being one. The mind boggles.
    Karin seems to have been around for a while; though there’s no bio in her AiG author page, there are articles going back to 2011.

  3. Michael Fugate

    If one were to look at a skull of a platypus and compare it to a skull of a bird, one would find the bill of a platypus isn’t much at all like the bill of a duck. And of course the poison glands are in the platypus’ legs which is a problem for snakes…

  4. Christine Janis

    Indeed, the bill of a platypus is not made from hard beta keratin like that of a bird, but instead is relatively soft. And, unlike a bird’s bill, it contains electrosensitive cells that let it detect prey underwater.

    Viet is telling a bit of a porky. There were monotremes in the Cretaceous but no platypi. Just like there were placental mammals, but no humans. Monotrematum is known from a *tooth*, making it rather different from modern platypi.

  5. I see a whole series of articles. Choose some feature of a favorite animal (or plant), write about how it must be designed, then segue into an evangelistic homily. Life-long employment!

  6. Ross Cameron

    Perhaps Karin can explain to us why there isn`t a long train of platypus (or koalas, or other peculiarly Australian species) remains lying all the way from Mt. Ararat to Oz. Maybe Noah forgot to collect them for his lifesaving voyage? Or did they ‘evolve’ from other ‘kinds’?

  7. Ross Cameron asks: “why there isn`t a long train of platypus (or koalas, or other peculiarly Australian species) remains lying all the way from Mt. Ararat to Oz.”

    Because Australia moved to its present position shortly after the Flood.

  8. Dave Luckett

    The Curmudgeon informs us: “Australia moved to its present position shortly after the Flood.” at the pace of a slow walk, until the year (of our Lord) 1606, when it stopped, at God’s command. The vast swathe of melted rocks that mark its majestic progress can be seen to this day in the basin of the Southern Indian Ocean.

  9. Pete Moulton

    I dunno. There’s still a lot of terra firma between Mt Ararat and Australia’s nearest jumping-off spot. There oughta be some sort of evidence that a mass migration of platypi traveled across that.

  10. And you are going to deny the clear words of the Book based on your fallible human thinking? (Well, maybe there aren’t any words “platypus” or “Australia”, but don’t bring that up.)

  11. It was written by Karin Viet

    Her maiden name is Nam.
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    Thank you, I’ll get me coat.

  12. Eric Lipps

    Karin says:
    After learning about the platypus, perhaps your evolutionist friend will acknowledge the Creator’s design.

    Karin, what makes you think “your evolutionist friend” doesn’t already know about the platypus?

    As for the Creator’s design, the platypus looks as though the Designer put it together from mismatched spare parts.

  13. Derek Freyberg

    @Eric Lipps:
    And that’s very much what people thought when the first platypus was brought back to Europe – they thought it was a hoax assembled from pieces of other animals (I’d say “like Piltdown man”, but of course that was considerably later than the first platypus in Europe), rather than a real animal.

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