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It’s More Fun to be a Creationist: The Platypus

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rare and elusive australian duck billed beaver tailed otter footed platypus in a rainforest creek, eungella national park, mackay, north queensland, australia. unusual looking exotic venomous mammal in tropical jungle creek river

[Originally published as The Platypus]


The platypus, commonly called “the duck-billed platypus” (Ornithorhynchus anatimus), is indeed one of God’s most unique and highly engineered animals. This is one of the animals where evolutionists have no common ancestor assigned, which is saying quite a lot considering all of the common ancestors they have conjured up for other animals.

It is easy to see why they are having such difficulty with an evolutionary path for the platypus when its mixture of features are considered:

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  • It has a bill like a duck even with nostrils on top of its bill.
  • It lays leathery eggs to reproduce itself like reptiles.
  • Also like reptiles, it has claws and a similar shoulder girdle.
  • It has a single ventral opening for waste elimination, mating and birth.
  • Its bill can detect electrical currents like some fish.
  • It has webbed feet like a beaver.
  • The females have mammary glands, thus its assignment as a mammal.

The male has a hollow horny spur on its rear ankles that is connected to a venom gland in its thigh. This venom can cause extreme pain in humans similar to the poisons of many snakes.

When the first platypus specimens were sent to Britain from Australia in the late 1700s, the scientists who studied them thought a clever taxidermist had stitched together parts from several different animals. Clearly though, the platypus is engineered for its environment and is not on the way toward evolving into any other animal.Creation Studies Institute Platypus locations

It is a sleek 3-4 pound swimmer that feeds on bottom-dwelling invertebrates in the streams, rivers and lakes of eastern Australia. Less than two feet long (the platypus has a dark brown coat, silver to light brown underneath), these animals show great parenting skills with their young. At one time they were threatened with extinction, but conservation efforts have eliminated that threat for now.

How Powerful is Your Imagination?

As I stated earlier, the platypus has no evolutionary ancestor. In reality this is true in general for all mammals as well. In fact, all species, fossils and living, appear fully developed rather than partly unfinished.

There are no examples of half-developed feathers, eyes, skin, tubes (arteries, veins, intestines, etc.) or any of the vital organs (dozens in humans alone.) ~Dr. Walt Brown*

Partially developed organs are a liability and would only lead to quick extinction. For example, an arm of a dinosaur would become a useless liability before it would ever become a useful wing. In fact, completely different types of lifeforms are only seen going extinct and never seen coming into existence.


*Brown, Walt, In the Beginning, 8th Edition, page 7.

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J.D. Mitchell portrait (in front of a Triceratops fossil)

Written by J.D. Mitchell

J.D. Mitchell is a retired mechanical engineer, book author, and creation speaker living in the Pacific Northwest. His creation studies specialties are Creation Engineering and Biblical Paleontology. You can find his work at Creation Engineering

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  1. What an absolutely fascinating creature! There is nothing else quite like it! If there were any animal that looks like some sort of “evolutionary missing link” or bridge between species, it would be the Platypus. However, as you point out, IT HAS NO EVOLUTIONARY ANCESTOR that they can twist or make up!!!! I think God did that just to really mess with evolutionist’s heads. What a great critter… what an awesome God! Thanks for writing it Mr. Mitchell. Thanks for sharing it with us Creation Club! William — “What a wildly wonderful world, God! You made it all, with Wisdom at Your side, made earth overflow with your wonderful creations.” Psalms 104 The Message

  2. Ah, the platypus. Monotremes are bizarre, but this takes it to a whole different level. Even though it is classified as a mammal, evolutionists are forced to take all of those characteristics it shares with other animals and chalk it up to convergent evolution. Needless to say, this is a highly implausible phenomenon.

    Actually, there’s another animal that resembles the platypus, particularly in skull structure: the extinct marine reptile Eretmorhipis carrolldongi. It probably also had a similar lifestyle. Is that better explained by random chance, or an intelligent Creator? Yes, it is fun to be a creationist!

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