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.
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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