You may have seen a headline or two about this. It was all over the news. A good example can be found at the Smithsonian website: Was This 18,000-Year-Old Puppy Frozen in Siberian Permafrost the Ancestor of Wolves, Dogs or Both?, which begins with this:
Meet Dogor, an 18,000-year-old pup unearthed in Siberian permafrost whose name means “friend” in the Yakut language. The remains of the prehistoric pup are puzzling researchers because genetic testing shows it’s not a wolf or a dog, meaning it could be an elusive ancestor of both.
If you’ve been curious what that puppy was, you can stop wondering. The mystery has been solved by 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: Frozen Puppy, Dog, Wolf, or Something in Between? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
What exactly is it? That’s the question researchers are trying to figure out after the discovery of a frozen puppy preserved in permafrost in eastern Siberia. The two-month old canine was “remarkably preserved,” with fur, nose, and teeth still intact, even after a supposed 18,000 years. According to the BBC, scientists are wondering if this puppy represents an evolutionary link [What?] between wolves and dogs, or if it’s just a wolf or what we call a dog today.
Well, what is it? Hambo says:
Researchers sequenced the puppy’s DNA but were unable to determine whether it was a wolf or a dog. This suggests that perhaps it came from a population that was ancestral to both wolves and dogs. As they continue to research this puppy and his DNA, researchers are hoping to discover more about evolution. But does this little frozen puppy actually tell us anything about canine evolution?
For those who have been following the intellectual output of Hambo and his creation scientists, you know that there has never been any evolution — except what they call “micro evolution” — so we can almost anticipate what Hambo’s going to say. Let’s see if we’re guessing right. He tells us:
Well, we know that wolves and domesticated dogs, as well as dingoes, coyotes, foxes, and others, are all part of the same created kind. They all belong to the same family, Canidae. The biological classification of family is the equivalent (in most instances) to the biblical kind. Creationists and evolutionists both agree that today’s wolves and dogs are descendants from the same ancestral population (we just disagree on the timeline!), and there’s abundant genetic evidence to confirm this. It’s just reproduction within a kind, as we’d expect when we start with God’s Word.
Yup — it’s micro evolution, which we discussed in Common Creationist Claims Confuted. He continues:
This puppy lived sometime after Noah’s flood [BWAHAHAHA!] and is therefore a descendant of the two representatives of the dog kind that were on the ark. It likely lived during the ice age [Not in scripture!], a harsh time in earth’s history that followed the flood, which explains why he was found buried in permafrost.
Then he engages in some wild speculation, which one wouldn’t ordinarily expect from a creationist:
This puppy is likely closer to the representative of the dog kind that was on the ark (and gave rise to wolves) and just reflects some of the created diversity within the DNA of that particular kind.
Oh, get this! He clears up a glaring blunder in all the secular news stories:
Of course, the puppy is not 18,000 years old. [Hee hee!] That date came from radiocarbon dating of one of his ribs, but radiocarbon dating (also known as carbon-14 dating) is based on unprovable assumptions. It has been shown to be untrustworthy and inaccurate [Gasp!] for giving absolute dates.
What would we do without Hambo to straighten this stuff out for us? Hey — we’re almost at the end of the article. Here’s the rest of it:
The puppy lived just a few thousand years ago at the most, which explains how he was able to be so well-preserved — with even delicate features like his nose still in place. Remember, Noah’s Flood was about 4,300 years ago.
Okay, mystery solved! Now you know everything there is to know about that Siberian puppy.
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