How have you all been? I have been enjoying our beautiful autumn weather. It makes me want to take a horse back ride in the country!
Speaking of horses…there are some really interesting facts about this kind that you may not have learned in school...
The horse family includes Przewalski’s and modern horses, zebras, donkeys and several extinct species such as the three-toed horse. These animals are descendants of the original horse kind, though evolutionists take it a step beyond that—still using anoutdated 1841 “horse evolution tree” that claims unrelated extinct animals are the true horse ancestor. Both evolutionists and creationists recognize that multiple modern “species” can arise from the same ancestral group. For evolutionists, this is the idea of evolution from a single common ancestor. For creationists, this is the idea of variation within a single created kind.
Life coming from creation is a much more logical explanation for the existence of all life. For example, coexisting anatomical diversity within the horse kind, both in fossil layers and the modern world, is an example of original DNA diversity, not evolutionary gain from new genetic information obtained through mutations (the definition of mutation is the loss or rearrangement of genetic information). The variations that developed within the horse kind are a result of environmental pressures developed since the global Flood (and perhaps even before The Flood).
Physical evidence supports this reasonable line of thinking. For example, in Nebraska, North America at the Ashfall Fossil Beds, three-toed and one-toed horses have been uncovered side by side. If the three-toed horse truly is the ancestral creature of our
modern horses, why are they found side by side? “Clearly, the one fact that is ‘verified’ is that three-toed and one-toed horses both existed at the same time. Both specimens were trapped in the same volcanic eruption, in the same locality, ‘frozen in time’. This hardly supports the idea that one type was the ancestor of the other! Creationists, on the other hand, see in-kind differences as just that: morphological, genetic, and behavioral differences explained by adaptation to environments and selective forces. Offspring end up with less genetic information than their ancestors, not more. Their differences reflect selective forces at work since the Flood. As members of the horse kind have diversified, no new kind of genetic information has been produced. Existing genetic information has simply—or not so simply!—been shuffled, rearranged, and re-sorted.”2
|THREE TOED HORSE FOSSIL
More physical evidence that supports creation rather than evolution comes from the DNA of an ancient horse’s foot, excavated in 2013. It was discovered preserved in the permafrost of the Canadian Yukon. Scientists have compared its DNA with various modern and ancient equine genomes. The findings suggest that horses—in their remarkable variety—have been horses for a very long time.
In addition Przewalski’s and modern horses, zebras, and donkeys are all considered members of the “horse kind” by creation scientists because they are able to hybridize extensively producing viable offspring a lot more than given credit for. However, evolutionists list horses, donkeys and zebras as separate species. One of the definitions of a species is that it cannot produce viable offspring if bred outside of its own species. Zonkeys (zebras bred with donkeys), zorses (zebras bred with horses) and mules (donkeys
bred with horses) confirm these seemingly incompatible animals are varieties of the same created kind.
So what did the ancient horses look like? Well, here are some clues…donkeys, zebras, and Przewalski’s horse all have stiff mohawk like manes. All three have some kind of striping or banding marks on their bodies. In addition our ancient ancestors drew pictures of horses on cave walls that look very much like the Przewalski’s horse. And the first recorded history of donkeys is in Egyptian hieroglyphics and ancient art about 900 years after The Flood. These are pictures of men huntingwild donkeys. This fits well with the unaltered time line recorded in scripture.
Donkeys are well adapted to hot, dry environments which didn’t come about until around 700 to 800 years after The Flood. This was due to dramatic climax changes that begun during deglaciation of The Ice Age causing a global drought. This was recorded in scripture when Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dream of seven years of worldwide famine (Genesis 41:54).
In this novel glaciation and The Ice Age had just begun. Thus the land was lush and fertile and the horse kind had not yet been exposed to the environmental conditions (harsher dryer deserts) that started adaptations to develop. These variations we know today as donkeys, zebras and several extinct species.
Until next time…
Enjoy God’s creation!
Until next time…
Enjoy God’s creation!
http://www.shannafern.com/2012/09/ashfall-fossil-beds-state-historical.html (picture of three-toes horse fossil)