DO LUNG FISHES PROVE EVOLUTION?
Hello all you fine folks out there! I pray it has been a wonderful week for you all. I have been very busy once again with my youngest daughter getting ready to head up to Alaska, and my grandson’s 2nd birthday, working a new job and continuing to work all the old jobs. Phew! Needless to say, I fall into bed each night exhausted but happy!
Then I read an article on lungfish and I want to share the jest of it with you all. The obvious question is first what is a lung fish, and second, how do we refute the evolutionary implications?
There are two kinds of fish that have real lungs like mammals and reptiles and one very unique fish that have gills and one lung.
Let’s talk about the two fish that have real lungs first. They are
the gar and lungfish species. These two fish actually breathe air with alveolar lungs the same as those of mammals and reptiles. There is an exchange of gases in tiny sacs called alveoli found within the lung.
There are several different varieties of lungfish. For example the Australian lungfish looks very much like fossil lungfish found in Devonian rocks. What’s so interesting about this is, that the Australian lungfish shows no signs of “evolution”. In other words, if lungfish are the supposed ancestors of all life that crawled out of the sea, then why are lungfish still extant (living today)? Wouldn’t the better equipped generations have killed off all of the lungfish? You know survival of the fittest?
Let’s take a look at some other lungfishes, the African and South American lungfish. These varieties “need their small gills to release carbon dioxide, but they also need their lungs to acquire enough oxygen. With this unique design, how could lungfish have evolved? If their ancestor
had no gills, it might have asphyxiated. But if it had not yet evolved lungs, how would it get oxygen?”1 Sounds to me like once again, evolution could not work. On the other hand, this creature could have easily been designed by Someone who made and is beyond the laws of nature.
“Bichirs are African fish with non-alveolar lungs. Researches recently raised 111 bichirs ranging from two-month-olds to adults in a terrarium. They kept others of the same age in an aquarium. The land-dwelling bichirs’ pectoral girdles-the bones just behind their head-grew in proportions that enabled the fish to swing their heads farther from side to side when they awkwardly waggled on their front fins and flopped their long bellies behind. Their front fins also grew more directly below the chest, so as they propelled themselves along they slipped less often than their water-raised counterparts did when they tried to ‘walk’”.2 The secular scientists like to assume this is evolution in action.
But is it? Could there be another explanation? Well since there
were no DNA mutations in either of the experimental populations, the only other reasonable conclusion would be a wide variety of original DNA coding that included these (and probably more) changes from the beginning. If you think of a machine, they don’t alter their own components without being designed to do so. It couldn’t just happen.
However that is not what the Nature study authors did. When they described their bichirs , they had to “essentially ignore the extraordinary design behind these fish features when they hypothesized that the bichir changes they saw ‘may also facilitate macroevolutionary change’. What does a protocol that refines an existing structure have to do with the origin of such structures and protocols? Macroevolution requires nature to invent brand new body parts-something not yet demonstrated in nature or the laboratory. Optimizing a complicated support structure while it’s still in use clearly points to high-tech design-just the kind of features one would expect from a Creator who ‘created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind (Genesis 1:21a)’.”3
May you enjoy our Lords beautiful creations this week!
This week in the night skies; “Monday, November 17th, the Leonid meteor shower should peak late tonight, but don't expect much. Even under ideal dark-sky conditions, you might see roughly a dozen per hour during the best viewing period: from about 1 a.m. Tuesday morning (your local time) until the beginning of dawn. The shower's radiant is in the Sickle of Leo near Jupiter. Also, keep an eye out for the very occasional Taurid fireball. For more: See November's Speedy Leonids.”4 They can be seen in both hemispheres.
Also the Philae lander separated cleanly form Rosetta and made a slow seven hour journey to comet 67P. There it landed, though near a precipitous, safe and sound. This is an historical moment! It is the first scientific lander that has landed on the surface of a comet. Really Star Trek stuff!
Thomas, Brian, M.S., “Lungfish Design Is Walking Tall”, Acts & Facts, November 2014. Institute For Creation Research, Dallas, TX., pg. 14.