Creationists are forever telling us that evolution is false because there is no evidence of transitional species. Not only do they claim that there are no transitionals in the fossil record, they also say there no living transitionals. Each of the created “kinds” is and always has been unique and unchangeable.
Those claims are easy to debunk. Regarding fossils, we always link to Wikipedia’s List of transitional fossils. And there’s no shortage of living transitionals either, such as walking catfish, gliding mammals like flying squirrels, flying mammals like bats, semi-aquatic mammals like seals and sea lions, and aquatic birds like penguins.
Oblivious to the irony involved, there’s a whole article on penguins 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.
Their headline is Penguins — Perplexing and Proficient! It was written by Laura Allnutt, about whom we know nothing. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
January 20 is Penguin Awareness Day. [What?] The penguin is a common favorite among both children and adults, bird lovers, and cartoonists. Here are some fun facts about a fun bird on Penguin Awareness Day:
Here comes “fun fact” number one:
1. They’re an Evolutionary “Mystery” [Hee hee!] Penguins are one of the most mysterious bird species to evolutionary biologists. What other bird was built specifically for — not flying — but deep-sea swimming? Unlike other birds, penguin wings are designed for flying through water, not air, as it escapes predators and hunts for krill and other seafood. Evolutionists have a hard time explaining such a creature, especially since there is no agreed-upon ancestor. … They ponder whether penguins descended from flying birds or if their ancestors were already non-flyers — and why would a flying bird lose the ability to fly only to gain the ability to swim?
To a creationist, everything is a mystery — until they consult the bible which explains that everything is a miracle. However, despite AIG’s befuddlement, penguins aren’t much of a mystery. According to the Wikipedia article on Penguins, quite a lot is known about their evolution.
Most of Laura’s other “fun facts” aren’t that much fun — until we come to number six:
6. Evidence of God’s Creativity and Pleasure: There’s no more mystery to our modern-day penguins than there is to any other bird we see. God created penguins on Day 5 of creation week when he created birds of the air and fish of the sea. Penguins show God’s creativity and diversity in design. He created them with a large gene pool to diversify and the ability to adapt to new environments following the flood.
That explains so much! Laura finishes her post with this:
God delights in his creation and called all of it “good” in the beginning. We can still delight in his handiwork today and enjoy his fun, flightless penguins!
So there you are, dear reader. Now you know all there is to know about penguins.
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