Answer by Diane Eager and John Mackay High School text books back in the 1990’s introduced a diagram showing the evolutionary history of whales that is still in the minds of most people. A dog like creature (Mesoynchid) somehow evolved into a semi-aquatic walking creature called Ambulocetus which further evolved tail flukes like a whale, […]
Answer by Diane Eager and John Mackay Here is a typical description of horse evolution from the Natural History Museum in Oxford UK (2016): “The evolutionary origins of the modern horse can be trace back to the beginning of the Eocene period, around 55 million years ago. At that time the first horse, Hyracotherium, was […]
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 […]
Answer by Diane Eager Homo floresiensis is the scientific name given to bones found in a cave on the Indonesian island of Flores initially in 2003. Since then more bones have been found and the creature has been nicknamed “The Hobbit” due to its small stature, about 3 feet tall, and its small head. As […]
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 […]
Answer by John Mackay First some generalizations, then a detailed case study. In some cases the answers are very easy to know how animals moved to places far away from the region where Noah landed, because we have records of recent arrivals downunder in Australia. Cows, sheep, goats and other domestic animals got to Australia […]
POLAR BEARS: have they evolved to live in cold climates if God made an ice free good world? Can they live in warmer climates?
The original question was: I remember John Mackay giving a talk about how Brown bears have become white polar bears? Does this mean polar bears can live in warmer climates? If so how does this glorify God as the creator? I would like some clarification on this bear evolving subject? Answer by Diane Eager and […]
The original question was: Can you please ask your snail man how did the snails survive the flood and how would they have gotten around the whole world at snail’s pace afterward and formed the thousands of species in today’s world? Surely show evolution and continental drift is a better answer. Simon Terry’s answer: The […]
MUTUALISM: Rhino birds eats ticks and rhinos benefit. Did God make them for that purpose before the Fall?
The original question was: I was wondering if the symbiotic relationship between rhinos and birds that eat ticks off their back existed before the fall. If it did, does that mean there was insect death before the fall? If not, was this a symbiotic relationship that just developed on its own instead of being created […]
Answer by Diane Eager The” coywolf” is an animal that has proliferated in north eastern USA and south eastern Canada over the previous century. Genetic studies have shown that it has a mix of genes from the western coyote, eastern wolf, grey wolf, and domestic dog. Most of it genes are coyote and eastern wolf, […]