Answer by Diane Eager Many theories have been put forward as to why zebras have stripes, including camouflage to elude both large and small predators, i.e. lions and horseflies. The problem with that explanation is that lions and flies both attack other creatures, (including people) but none of those show any signs of developing stripes. […]
The original question was: Many animals can only reproduce when they are members of a colony of many individuals. For example: social bees can’t survive with only a male and female, but God said the animals on the ark were pairs composed of a male and female. Can you explain this? Answer by John Mackay Some […]
BACTERIA: Isn’t the observed increase in resistance to antibiotics proof that bacteria are evolving?
Antibiotic resistance is regularly presented as proof of evolution in school courses and to the general public, and hardly a week goes by without some health experts warning us about “superbugs” evolving resistance to antibiotics. Scientists have also carried out experiments where they expose bacteria to gradually increasing amounts of antibiotics and found bacteria that […]
The original question was: The olive leaf in the dove’s mouth? Where did it come from if the world had been totally flooded for one year in Noah’s day? Surely all plant life would have died? Answer by John Mackay Let’s start with Noah entering the ark. The record in Genesis 1-6, indicates that prior […]
Answer by Diane Eager Consider this: If a militant transgender promoter was murdered and can no longer promote their claimed sexuality, DNA tests on any cell in their body will reveal that they never were a male who could be a female, or vice versa. Gender is definitely biological. It is not a cultural construct […]
The original question was: Both Maoris and Europeans brought new types of food to NZ, yet the native birds seemed to find no problem eating our food scraps immediately. Can you explain this to me? Is it an example of evolution? Answer by John Mackay Birds native or otherwise along with most land dwelling vertebrate […]
ORIGIN OF LIFE: Since all chemicals needed for life occur by natural processes do we need a creator to make life?
The original question was: My biology lecturer has stated that since the early days of Millers amino acid experiment we have discovered natural processes on earth and in stars can make amino acids for proteins, sugars for DNA, complex carbohydrates and on and on, so no god is needed to make life because given long […]
HOMOLOGOUS STRUCTURES? Vertebrate limbs have the same bone structure. Is this evidence for evolution?
The Original question was: School textbooks and lesson plans use homologous structures, such as the bones in vertebrate limbs, as evidence for evolution. How can we refute these claims? Answer by Diane Eager Homologous structures are organs and body parts that have the same internal organisation. For example, all vertebrates have limbs with a common […]
HUMAN TAILS? I have read that babies can be born with true tails. Are these leftovers from our evolutionary ancestors?
The original question was: I read an article that claimed there are “true tails” as opposed to “false tails” and there are 20 to 30 cases of “true tails” in humans. Is this correct, or are they just “more advanced” false tails? Reference: http://io9.gizmodo.com/5967742/the-science-of-human-tails Answer by Diane Eager. The article referenced in the link above […]
GIRAFFES: If natural selection favoured long necked giraffes why are females shorter than males? How do juveniles survive?
The Original question was: Giraffe evolution – If giraffes have long necks because natural selection favoured that phenotype in an environment with high foliage, why are the adult females one metre shorter than males? Surely they would all be the same height if the evolution story were true? It is also a bit of a […]