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The (Non-)Evolution of Bats

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Creation wins over Evolution




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Paul, don’t you see your bias?

Let the judge in this case be Dr. Robert L. Carroll.

What is he, some kind of creationist wacko?

You tell me. He got his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard in biology and paleontology, and I quote from his book, Vertebrate Paleontology and Evolution (Freeman, NY, p.463):

Bats are among the most specialized of modern mammals. All are accomplished flyers, and the insectivorous microcheropterans have a highly developed sonar that enables them to hunt insects in the dark. Like the pterosaurs, the flight structure of bats was already highly evolved when they first appears in the fossil record. The oldest skeleton of a bat, Icaronycteris [image to his left], from the early Eocene, appears almost indistinguishable from living bats.

In other words, this evolutionary authority is saying that there are no pre-bat fossils—all fossils of bats from the beginning to the present are indistinguishable from modern ones.

God, in the Bible, said, “Come now, let us reason together.”

I’m not God (neither are you), but please “reason” with me.

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Are you going to dismiss this McGill University paleontologist’s words because you may think that he must have been a creationist? I doubt he was. Nevertheless, the words I quoted align exactly with creation science and clash with evolution.

Bats are marvelously complex, yet there are zero precursors. The steps between a mouse, let’s say, and a bat are huge. Where are the fossils of mice developing longer and longer digits to accommodate the thin membrane of skin (patagium) between them?

They all arrive in the fossil record fully formed with all their marvelously added skills. If evolution were true, then there should be oodles of animals on the way to becoming bats. There are none!

We have many bat fossils but zero pre-bat fossils! This perfectly aligns with what creationists believe and what the Bible says.

Bats reproduce after their kind. They were designed at the beginning by Creator Christ, who later, himself, took on human flesh to atone for human sin.

Cheri Fields Lake Michigan profile 2020

Written by Cheri Fields

Hi, I’m Cheri Fields: 2nd generation homeschooling mom of seven, wife, writer, and science lover. There is a wealth of information available to help people see how trustworthy God and His testimony in the Bible is. The key is to explain concepts simply so they can be understood by anyone. This is my goal, and I’ve had a lot of fun tackling areas where the world tests our faith.

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