One of the amazing characteristics of creation science is that it predicts nothing and can accommodate to anything. That makes it worthless, of course, but creationists don’t care. To illustrate this, let’s begin with a recent article at PhysOrg: The mystery of lime-green lizard blood. They say:
Green blood is one of the most unusual characteristics in the animal kingdom, but it’s the hallmark of a group of lizards in New Guinea. Prasinohaema are green-blooded skinks, or a type of lizard. The muscles, bones and tongues of these lizards appear bright, lime-green due to high levels of biliverdin, or a green bile pigment, which is toxic and causes jaundice. Surprisingly, these lizards remain healthy with levels of green bile that are 40 times higher than the lethal concentration in humans.
Here’s the published paper: Multiple origins of green blood in New Guinea lizards, but without a subscription, all you can read is the abstract. Back to PhysOrg:
Green blood likely emerged independently in various lizards, which suggests that green blood may have an adaptive value. Slightly elevated levels of bile pigments in other animals, including insects, fish and frogs, have played potentially positive roles in these animals. Previous studies have shown that bile pigment can act as an antioxidant scavenging free radicals as well as preventing disease during in vitro fertilization. However, the function of green bile pigment in these lizards is still uncertain.
The scientists examined DNA samples from 27 green-blooded lizards and 92 closely related red-blooded lizards. They determined that red blood was the most likely ancestral state and that green blood likely evolved four times.
Okay, enough of that. Now let’s get the reaction of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. He just posted this at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry: Lime-Green Blood Thanks to Evolution Gone Weird? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
We typically think of blood as red, but six species of lizard in Papua New Guinea bleed green, not red. This green blood is due to high concentrations of the waste product bile — 40 times the amount that would kill a human. The blood also makes their tongues, bones, muscles, and the inside of their mouths green.
A new study claims this bright green blood evolved four times throughout these lizard species, which have all been placed in the same genus. It’s still unsure why having green blood is an advantage, but researchers believe it might help protect the lizards against malaria. One researcher says, “Evolution can do amazing things given enough time. . . . [Hambo’s ellipsis.] The natural world is a fascinating place.”
You know ol’ Hambo disagrees. He says:
But is this really an example of evolution? When looking at studies such as this one that claim evolution is responsible for what we’re observing, we must remember that this is merely an interpretation of the evidence. It’s an interpretation offered up by those who believe in molecules-to-man evolution and who are actually imposing their beliefs on the evidence. These researchers didn’t observe these lizards evolving from a non-lizard.
Yeah! Hambo has a better way to think about it. He tells us:
Instead of looking at this study through the lens of an evolutionary worldview, let’s look at it through the perspective of a biblical worldview. On day six of creation week, God created lizards to reproduce according to their kinds. … Perhaps God created this lizard kind with green blood from the beginning, or maybe he gave this kind the information and ability to withstand large amounts of bile to protect them from malaria-carrying insects that wasn’t expressed until after the fall.
He knew the Fall would happen? And he let it happen anyway? Okay, if Hambo says so. Moving along:
Regardless, we know this lizard didn’t evolve from something else [Huh?], nor is it evolving into anything. … This ability is there due to already existing genetic information. [Hee hee!] That’s actually the opposite of evolution — no new information has been gained, which evolution requires.
Now that makes sense! He ends with this:
This study doesn’t show evolution — it’s a fascinating look into one of the kinds God created. Lizards produce lizards and they always will.
So there you have it, dear reader. Mystery solved. Red blood, green blood — no problem. Creationism explains everything!
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