Whave some more great creation science at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. His new post is titled Tigers Now Divided into Six Subspecies. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
A recent study of the tiger genome [he links to this in Science Daily: Genome-wide study confirms six tiger subspecies] confirmed that there are six extant (still in existence) subspecies of tigers; Bengal tiger, Amur tiger, South China tiger, Sumatran tiger, Indochinese tiger, and Malayan tiger. This new knowledge will aid in conservation efforts. But it also has an interesting creation connection, confirming exactly what we would expect starting with God’s Word.
What’s the creationism connection? Tigers aren’t even mentioned in the bible. Hambo relies on one of his experts:
AiG’s Dr. Nathaniel Jeanson, who holds a PhD in cell and developmental biology from Harvard University, wrote these comments about the study:
Jeanson is one of ol’ Hambo’s creation scientists. Here’s his write-up at AIG, which says he “formerly conducted research with the Institute for Creation Research.” Hambo quotes Jeanson:
Evolutionists have long thought that species take hundreds of thousands to millions of years to form. [Not all of them.] In contrast, young-earth creationists believe that tens of thousands of new species formed from the “kinds” on board the Ark — and that this process took only about 4,500 years. For example, the over 5,000 mammals species alive today (e.g., elephants, giraffes, zebras, tigers) arose in just 4,500 years from less than 200 mammal “kinds” on board the Ark.
Wow — what happened to the magic barrier between micro and macro evolution? As for the emergence of sup-species, it depends on how frequently the species breeds. An elephant sup-species would take much longer to appear than in the case of a fruit fly. Also, it depends on how disbursed the creatures are — like the tigers. An isolated group can develop into a sub-species and eventually a new species if environmental factors favor certain mutations. But if they’re all confined to a single locality, it would be difficult for even a sub-species to emerge. The Jeanson quote continues:
Which view is most consistent with the evidence? Young-earth creationists expect species to still be forming today — at appreciable rates. [Huh?] Consistent with this expectation, over 6,000 subspecies of mammals exist — more than the number of mammal species. Since subspecies are populations of creatures that are almost new species, this indicates that thousands of mammals around the globe are but one step away from becoming new species.
Amazing. Speciation is suddenly the creationists’ friend. The quote from Jeaonson ends with this:
Though the authors [of the study Hambo mentioned] use evolutionary assumptions to stretch the origin of these subspecies to one hundred thousand years, the fact that so many subspecies exists is a smoking gun for their recent origin.
He’s referring to this in the Science Daily article:
Fossil evidence shows that tigers go back two to three million years. But, the genomic evidence shows that all living tigers only trace back to a time about 110,000 years ago, when tigers suffered a historic population bottleneck.
Now we return to Hambo:
It’s exciting to see even more research that confirms what we would expect, starting with God’s Word. This tiger research is good observational science. The evolutionary baggage is nothing more than a faulty interpretation of the evidence.
Right. He ends with this:
But the research is actually much more consistent with a biblical view than with an evolutionary one. And this is exactly what we’d expect since God’s Word is the true account of history.
We can’t think of anything to say. How about you, dear reader?
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