Bats batter Evolution

21/08/2009

by Ken E Murray

Bats are a living flying miracle of creation.

There are over 2,000 species of bats. They have such highly specialised component organs, that would make it impossible for them to have evolved. They are the only flying mammals on earth.

In general, there a two main types of bats …megabats and microbats. Generally, Megabats eat fruit and microbats tend to eat insects. Some bats can eat, fish. Others can eat frogs, birds, spiders, lizards, and other mammals. The golden-tipped bat can even pluck spiders straight from their webs!

Microbats, like the Common Sheath-Tail Microbat (Taphoxous Georgianus), shown in this video, are simply extraordinary in their created design and capabilities.

Sheath-Tail Microbats, are insectivores. They live off insects and help to keep the natural harmony of creation in balance. There are over 70 different varieties of these specialist microbats in Australia, alone.

A Myotis microbat has been recorded capturing 1,200 tiny fruit flies in one hour! That’s one every 3 seconds, while navigating in the air at speeds of up to 50km per hour and foraging up to 15 kilometres from their cave roosts. (Micro bats: The Insect Terminators, p2. – Qld Dept Environment and Resource Management (EPA).

Microbats in Australia, mate in late August and early September, springtime, after semi-hibernating during the drier winter period. They give birth in November.

How could they evolve? Even their knees face outward and bend backwards, instead of forwards as in other mammals. They are called Chiroptera, which means “hand-wing”. God has designed their wing membranes of very soft pliable skin, which is even able to repair itself if punctured.

They also have a useful thumb-hook on the main bent portion of their wings for moving quickly on cave rock faces, grooming and clinging to roosts, while they rest.

Why do they hang upside down? Because, their design capabilities and wing to body ratio, make it more useful to hang upside down for take-off and landing. They have been created with very special tendons in their feet to assist them in clinging to objects without any effort.

Mind you, they do hang right side up, by their special wing-hooks when they give birth or go to the toilet.

There is an irreducible complexity about the design of bats.  If you were to take even one component part away from them, they could not live.

The remarkable peculiarity about bats, which sets their creation off from all other mammals is their unique, very complicated “sonar” system. They fly by ear and guide themselves by the echoes of their highly pitched squeaks. This remarkable sensitively designed system is called “echolation”.

Bats emit a pulse of sounds, normally at frequencies beyond our range of hearing. Their sound waves are created in the bat’s voice box, and are emitted from the mouth or the nostrils. They bounce sound waves off objects and analyse the echo. This is how they sense their environment and find their prey. So, they are not just God-designed stud fighter pilots but they are astronomical electronic engineers as well.

The complicated flaps of skin around the nostrils of some bats, and strangely designed structures in their ears, are for the protection and reception of sound waves of ultra high frequency, upon the principles we call “sonar”. When the bat is foraging for food it echo-locates to find a mosquito or moth. As it bears down on its prey it produces what is called a feeding buzz. With this series of pulses or clicks some bats can give off up to 200 pulses per second. Not only does the bat emit ultra sonic pulses but the ears are, in essence, opening and closing 200 times per second as well!

Bats can emit bursts of sound of frequencies up to 32,000 per second! Much higher than a human ear can detect. These airborne waves bounce back from obstacles, that are picked up by the super-sensitive ears of the bat in flight. So accurately attuned is this God-created system, that the bats can quickly dart and change course to avoid objects and to snap up hundreds of insects in a single feeding session.

Bats easily find insects in night’s pitch darkness, even when the insects emit no sound that can be heard by human ears. Impressively, in using their echo-location, they can detect their targets unerringly, in spite of loud noises or jamming. They have a truly remarkably God designed discriminator …as an acoustic or audio engineer would say.

With and auditory system that weighs only a fraction of a gram, and in the midst of a great volume of surrounding noises, a bat can distinguish its own signals, even though they are 2,000 times fainter than the background noises! Think about it …and the original sound emitted by the bat cannot even be heard by the human ear.

Ounce for ounce and watt for watt, bats amazing sonar system is billions of times more efficient and more sensitive than the radars and sonars contrived by mankind.

“I will praise You; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvellous are Your works; and that my life knows right well. (Psalm 139:14)

Some bats live off nectar and pollen with amazingly designed elongated muzzles and very long tongues, sometimes with a brush at the tips of their tongues, ideally designed for their type of feeding.

Possibly the most surprising bat is the species that feed on fish. They have a God given well developed system of frequency modulated sonar. But, since sound loses much of its energy in passing from air into water and vice versa, the big puzzle is: how can these bats locate fish underwater by means of this system?

Then there are the infamous Vampire Bats of tropical America. They live from sucking blood from living animals. They sneak up on their victims and with their incredibly designed sharp, narrow teeth blades they cut the skin without waking or paining their host. The sucked-up blood via piston like movement of its tongue, is able to be digested in its perfectly designed folded tube, especially for that purpose.

Oldest Bat Fossil - Icaronycteris

Oldest Bat Fossil - Icaronycteris

The oldest known bat fossils are Icaronycteris, Archaeonycteris, Palaeochiropteryx and Hassianycteris, which are said to be fifty million years old, and of the Eocene age. Some might imagine a prehistoric bat to be a grotesque saber-toothed blood-sucking monster. In reality, what we see in the fossil record are bats fundamentally indistinguishable from today’s bats. These bats had all the remarkable features we see today.

“The fossil record gives us no clues about the evolution of bats. Bat fossils are rare because the small bones do not preserve well and the oldest fossil bats (51 million years old) were already fully-formed bats very little different to modern species.” (Australian Bats – 2nd, Edition, Page 12, Sue Churchill)

Some Evolutionist’s marvel and are baffled by the fact that in 50 million years bats have remained unchanged. Now if evolution occurs, or has occurred, then wouldn’t you think that in such a long time span we would see some notable changes in bats, or creatures becoming bats …and vice versa …but we don’t.

Wouldn’t you expect to see tree shrews or other “mice-like” creatures evolving in to bats? But we don’t.

Bat fossil - Hassianycteris

Bat fossil - Hassianycteris

If evolution has occurred we would also expect to find an ancestral or transitional fossil form. However, in the fossil record we find no such transitional forms linking, for instance, a shrew to a bat. In fact we find nothing that resembles or comes close to an ancestor of a bat.

Evolutionists are getting so desperate to try to find something about the purported evolution of bats that they are even suggesting that they evolved from the same stock as whales, horses and cattle. Can you imagine that? Bizarre!

In the fossil record there exist no transitional forms of any creatures. The fossil record simply confirms what the Bible teaches. In the fossil record we find fully formed animals as described in the Genesis account of creation. Then God saw everything that He had made and indeed it was very good. (Genesis 1:31).  God created each animal in its own right. Sure, we get different types of whales …but we certainly don’t get whales genetically becoming bats …or vice versa.

Also, many people don’t understand that there were two main earthly creations.

The first creation was the pre-Adamic creation we know as the age of the reptilian dinosaurs (millions of years ago), managed by Lucifer and his angels. They rebelled in a huge devastating galactic war, which suddenly destroyed the prehistoric dinosaur world. Lucifer became Satan and his angels became demons.

The second creation was the Adamic mammalian creation, which included the creation of man and woman (around 6,000 years ago), with the “spirit in man”, which gives us our intelligence abilities and makes us different from animals.

Evolutionists are baffled about the variety of bats and the wide differences in their feeding, body makeup, and capabilities.

Bat fossil - Archeonycteris-trigomodon

Bat fossil - Archeonycteris-trigomodon

They imagine that bats evolved from tree shrews (Scandentia), colugos (Dermoptera) and the mice-like primates of Archonta, but if so, where are the intermediary forms? There are none in existence nor are there any in the fossil records. There are no examples of “mice-like” creatures with quarter or one or two wings, trying to fly or developing sophisticated sonar, etc,.

You know, it is quite a jump from mice’s feet to bats’ wings, and from ordinary ears and nostrils to the intricate radar/sonar detection system that bats have.

Long ago evolutionists gave up on the false Lamarckian theory of “acquired characters”.

It has been proved abundantly that there is no such thing as “acquired characteristics”, that Lamarck supposed in his fanciful imagination.

He taught that “an animal which acquired a characteristic would transmit it to its progeny”, and so the offspring would get not only inherited characteristics but also “acquired” characteristics.

Nice try Lamarck, and it fooled a lot of people for awhile, even to this day, but was a larrikin Lamarck lie.

Mind you, had Lamarck read his Bible he would have seen Jeremiah’s common sense, practical wisdom in his inspired words: “Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? (Jeremiah 13:23). No, of course not. We cannot change the colour of our skin, just by thinking about it and nor can any animal such as a leopard change its spots by thinking it would like to acquire a non-spotted body.

Jesus Christ emphasised that we cannot even make one hair black or white simply by thinking about acquiring it: …”because you cannot make one hair white or black.” (Matthew 6:36)

Bat fossil - Palaeochiropteryx

Bat fossil - Palaeochiropteryx

So, to suggest that some ancient mouse one day, was tip-toeing through the tulips, imagining itself to be a flying bat with wings without feathers and a sonar/radar system so advanced that even humans can’t come anywhere near close in emulating, and actually did so …is actually a very funny joke …but is not sane credible science!

Darwin taught evolutionary development through the blind-pseudo-god of “natural selection” and contemporaneous philosopher Herbert Spencer, taught “survival of the fittest”, which seemed to fit nicely with Darwin’s theory. Unfortunately, this philosophy led to governmental “social engineering”, with its worst expressions promoted through Hitler and Stalin and other despots, to this day.

Darwin’s false theory purported, that in the struggle for existence, needed and useful variations remained and variations that proved weak or useless, perished. But this procedure produces only variations of already existing “characters”. It never produces new characters (organs, organisms).

Nor does the more recent theory of “sudden changes” by “random mutations” solve the problem for evolutionists. Mutations are comparatively minor and mostly inferior or debilitating to the creature. It can in no way produce “new characters” (organisms). For example, in laboratory experiments they tampered with the genes to make a 4 winged fruit fly, but the only problem was that those 4 winged flies died, because they couldn’t fly! (California Institute of Technology, Dr Edward B Lewis)

Bats, like the tiny Sheath-Tail microbat, are just one of zillions of living and non-living things that reveal God the Father and Jesus Christ as the great Designer, Engineer, Creator, Lifegiver, Lawgiver, Sustainer of all that exists, including you and me.

Yes God’s creation of the extraordinary variety of bats in all their complexity and brilliantly engineered capabilities, truly batter evolutionary theory.

Do you see any mice evolving into bats these days? Have you heard of any mice developing bat wings without feathers? No, of course you haven’t.

One of the sad things about the teaching of evolution is that it is thrust upon children, about the time they are being taught about “Santa Claus” and the “Tooth Fairy” and other false philosophies. They are then at their most gullible age. School curricula leave out teaching anything, such as how God created all things.

Creation science, about how the universe and earth was created zillions of years ago and how there was an initial creation of prehistoric animals, prior to the re-creation and production of mankind, is not taught.

No one is shown in the Bible about the destruction of the reptilian prehistoric world by the battle between Lucifer and his rebellious angels against God and His faithful angels. The mayhem of that huge battle buried the prehistoric world, which forms the coal, oil, and natural gas that we mine today.

No one is taught in school about the coming of the mammalian Adamic creation on a much smaller scale than the prehistoric world, with its plethora of amazing creatures, like the microbats as shown in this article and videos.

Let’s ask some basic scientific questions about bats that evolution cannot answer.

Knowing that bats can eat up to 1200 mosquitoes in one hour we have to ask some basic questions.

  1. Let’s say that a mouse is running out of food and decides to change its digestive tract, grow wings and catch mosquitoes at the prodigious rate of 1200 per hour. How does it do that? Lamarckian Theory has been proved false, so it can’t do it that way. Genetically, to transform into a flying mouse would take so much of a genome change as to make it nothing like a mouse. It would have to be so perfect in all aspects, otherwise, it would die. Is there any evidence of mice-like creatures sprouting quarter or half or whole bat wings? No. None in the fossil records and none doing it today. There is an irreducible complexity about a bat, that if you take even one vital component part away, it would die, because all component parts rely on each other for the bat to function;
  2. How did bats ever come up with the idea of a sophisticated sonar system, that is light years better than anything mankind has ever devised? Evolutionists have no evidence of how that happened. Before any ancient bat could catch any tiny insect in the dark of night it had to be able to echolate. Without its highly sensitive navigation, seek-and-destroy sonar, it would have starved to death;
  3. How did the purported evolutionary genome transition take place, when there is no evidence of it in past fossil records nor in current “mouse-like” populations? Imagine the first mouse-like creature that has had an incredible genome makeover, flying without its absolutely precise sonar system. It sends out its first furtive impulse sounds, but too late! Schkrunch!! It hits a nasty out-jutting rock and drops dead. We have to wait another quad-zillion years for the next genome freak to arrive on the scene …but, again with similar devastating consequences;
  4. It is one thing for a bat to be able to send out around 200 very high 30,000hz+ impulse sounds, but how did it evolve those ears, so quickly and alter its extraordinarily sensitive auditory nervous system and brain to be able to receive, filter, and interpret those faint return impulses, which are lower than the background noise decibels? Evolution has no factual answer. How did it avoid confusing its shouting from its echoes, and pass all of that on to its progeny, for countless generations?
  5. When did a bat decide to hang upside down rather than right side up, and then somehow transfer those weird thoughts to its genetical makeup? There are no fossil records of such transitional bats. How did they, at the same time, develop those amazing special tendons so that they never get tired of hanging upside down? And why doesn’t their blood rush to their heads upside down and give them splitting migraine headaches or disorientation?
  6. How did so many different divergent types of bats with such huge differences in food preferences, evolve? Bats specialise in such foods as fruit, mosquitoes, moths and other tiny insects, fish, spiders, blood, other bats, frogs, and even scorpions. How come? Again, no factual evidence from Evolutionists. Just wild, imaginative speculation.

Even the simple life forms have component parts that make them irreducibly complex, let alone the intricate, inexplicable, inter-dependent, detailed functioning processes, organs, and sophisticated systems in a bat.

Each minute or larger part of an animal’s bodily system depends on another part, and if one component is removed from that system it cannot function. Micro bats prove that point, dramatically.

For the invisible things about God can be understood, by studying the magnificent, inter-dependent creation that God has made. God has revealed Himself, and can be clearly seen and understood by the amazing things, both living and non-living that He has made. (Romans 1:20)

God is the awesome designer, engineer, creator, life-giver, lawgiver, sustainer, intelligence of the universe and Maker of all living and non-living things.

No wonder the Bible witnesses against evolutionary theory: “The fool has said in his heart, There is no God.” (Psalm 14:1, Psalm 53:1)

Why make a monkey of yourself, before God, by having blind faith in evolution, that cannot save you nor offer you eternal life, at either the coming First or Second Resurrection, into the Family of God?

Meantime …keep pumpin’!

Ken E Murray

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“Watch-a-me-leon bamboozle Evolution!”

18/04/2009

by Ken E Murray 

Beauty is God’s trademark in creation. Intricacy of His Design and creative Engineering, show God’s phenomenal intelligence. God’s genius.

Praying preying chameleon

Praying preying chameleon

The functions and activities of His creation display His wonderful humour, love, and character.

To illustrate this  …Let’s play “Anything you can do I can do better”, ok?

Are you ready for your first set of challenges??

Ok. Can you?:

1.      Lift up a 10 kilogram steak with only your tongue and put it in your mouth?

2.      Now step back twice your body length from the 10kg steak, then shoot your tongue out …suction on to the steak …reel it back instantly and pop it into your mouth?

3.      Turn your left eye so that you can see a 180 degree arc in front of you and at the same time turn your right eye so you can see a 180 degree arc behind you?

4.      Move only your eyes, again, left separate from your right eye …so that you can see a full 360 degrees …front, back, sides, up, down, all around?  Feel dizzy yet?

5.      Quickly change the colours of your skin to blend in with the colours and textures of your immediate surroundings, so that you are camouflaged so well that you are nearly impossible to distinguish?

6.      Now change your surroundings to bright colours to attract someone you like?

7.      Change colours now to dark and sombre or bright yellow to show someone you don’t like them?

How did you go? Were you able to do any of those things?

Jeremiah 13:23: “Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?”

How long do you think it would take you to evolve those capabilities? According to the Bible …never.

Did I hear you say: “Forget it! There’s no creature on earth that could do those 7 impossible feats!”

Oh yes there is.  Its name lies camouflaged in my Title.

Wat ch-a-me-leon bamboozle evolution

Wat ch-a-me-leon bamboozle evolution

Let me give you a hint:

I can be yellow, pink or green.

I am well camouflaged, 

and often not seen.

What am I?

Answer: A Chameleon.

The name “Chameleon” originated from Greek words “chami”(on the earth) and “leon”(lion)

Hence my camouflaged Title with the name Chameleon embedded.  How many of you noticed? Heh heh!

Yes, God in His great intelligence has created the humble Chameleon lizard, to do the equivalent of the above 7 impossible feats, and much, much, more.

Now, just how do you think Chameleons evolved those amazing capabilities?  Evolutionists have no idea.

Evolution is just like trying to erase the Author’s signature from the corner of a great master work of art.

More than 160 species of Chameleons are known, arranged in 9 genera. The main distribution of Chameleons is in Africa and over 60 species in Madagascar alone. There are others found in parts of southern Europe, southern India and Sri Lanka.

Chameleons vary greatly in size and body structure, with total length from approximately 1 centimetre (thumbnail) for the tiny Pigmy Chameleon of Malawi to the 68 centimetre (armlength) Chameleon Furcifer Oustaleti, from Madagascar.

1.   A Chameleon’s tongue can easily zap prey the weight equivalent to us of a 10kg steak! In fact David Attenborough says they can do it up to half their own body weight!    Can you imagine that?  The engineering involved is mind boggling.

How does it work?  Their tongue has a sticky tip on the end making it impossible for the prey to escape. As it shoots its tongue it also forms a suction cap which partly wraps around its prey. Once the tongue sticks to the prey, it is pulled back to the mouth where the chameleon’s strong jaw crushes it and consumes.

After a century of debate, biologists have figured out how a Chameleon shoots its tongue out at lightning speed to snare its prey. The secret is a spring-loading mechanism that stores up energy like the elastic of a catapult prior to release.

This makes the whole tongue shoot out like an orange pip seed squeezed between your fingers.

“Energy for the speedy lick comes from parts of the tongue called the intralingual sheathes, which wrap around bones running along the core of the tongue and are in turn sheathed by the accelerator muscle. 200 milliseconds before its tongue strikes, a chameleon uses the accelerator muscle to spring-load energy into the intralingual sheathes, packing them into one another like sections of a telescope. When the chameleon strikes, the pent-up energy can be released in just 20 milliseconds, accelerating the tongue pad forward at up to 50g.” (Proceedings of the Royal Society B, DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2003.2637. From issue 2438 of New Scientist magazine, page 16)

2.    Its tongue is twice the length of its body.  The resting tongue is folded like an accordion around a bone called Processus entoglossus.

Now, imagine a grasshopper landing on a branch away from the hungry chameleon thinking he is way out of range. Ooops! Little does he know he’s in the crosshair sights of the Chameleon’s Smart Missile tongue. ZAP!  One grasshopper shot and sucked up by the hungry lizard sitting far away from his unsuspecting dinner.

Yes, a chameleon’s tongue extends faster than the human eye can follow, at around 26 body lengths per second. Usually it hits the prey in about 30 thousandths of a second.  Chameleons hunt mainly insects (including bees and wasps that do not have time to employ their defensive stings because of the velocity of the tongue), spiders and even small birds and rodents.

Faster than a speeding bullet …almost as fast as Lightning.

You will be gob-smacked, yourself, when you click onto the stunning videos at the end of this blog.

God's signature on His works of Art

God's signature on His works of Art

3.    While humans have 3D vision and need both eyes to determine depth and distance, the chameleon can move each eye independently so they don’t miss any prey and also makes it much harder for a predator to sneak up on him. They can also focus on one object which gives them precisely sharp stereoscopic vision and depth perception better than an Abrams battle tank.

The ability to switch between synchronous and uncoupled saccadic eye movements has not been described for any other vertebrate. 

An astonishing ability of chameleons is that of moving the eyes independently, with an angle of 180o horizontally and 90o vertically.

This way they can scan larger portions of their environment. Still, when an eye spots a prey, the eyes are moved to look in the same direction forward, for creating the binocular vision necessary for assessing the distance where the prey is. Each eye can form 3-D images, the eyes functioning alternatively and independently one from the other. This way, the chameleon can explore in 3-D its environment without moving its head, so that it does not attract the attention of the targeted prey.

A very stealthy and deadly accurate hunter.  Imagine having those eye talents in an Olympic clay shooting competition. There would be no contest! …Just give him the gold medal.

  4.    Chameleons have 360o vision. Its 2 eyes move separately to each other in different directions at the same time!  It is an engineering, technologically inexplicable marvel.

Their eyes are the most distinctive among the reptiles. The upper and lower eyelids are joined, with only a pinhole large enough for the pupil to see through, for protection. The eyes can rotate and focus separately to observe two different objects simultaneously, giving them a full 360-degree arc of vision around their body.   Extremely effective for spotting predators and checking out, where the next meal is coming from, while being perfectly camouflaged.  It’d make a top line SAS soldier jealous. 

     5.    Chameleons are naturally coloured for their surroundings as a camouflage. Chameleons use their camouflage defensively, to hide from predators; offensively, to hide themselves while they stalk prey. They can also change colour to indicate health or feelings such as aggression; fear or anxiety; and in mating and courtship rituals.  Let me ask you this question:  What colour is a chameleon on a mirror?  (Answer at bottom of this blog  :)) ).

      6.    A chameleon’s colourful beauty is truly skin deep. All chameleon species are able to change their skin colour. Different chameleon species are able to change into different colours which can include pink, blue, red, orange, green, black, brown and yellow.

The colour change is under the control of spine nerves and hormones (adrenaline secreted by the adrenal gland and hormones of the hypophysis).

Under the transparent outer skin are two cell layers that contain red and yellow pigments, or chromatophores. Below the chromatophores are cell layers that reflect blue and white light. Even deeper down is a layer of brown melanin (which gives human skin its various shades). Levels of external light and heat, and internal chemical reactions cause these cells to expand or contract. A calm chameleon, for example, may exhibit green, because the somewhat contracted yellow cells allow blue-reflected light to pass through. An angry chameleon may exhibit yellow, because the yellow cells have fully expanded, and block off all blue-reflected light from below.

Do you know …What’s the definition of a nervous breakdown?

A chameleon on a tartan rug!  :))

Tartan coloured Chameleon

Tartan coloured Chameleon

7.    Chameleons change their colour in response to light exposure and ambient temperature, as well as to express their mood not only for camouflage. Emotions and attraction of a mate can induce the colour changes seen in a chameleon. The colour changes also play a part in communication. If a leaf is put on the back of a chameleon and removed after a period, it will leave a colour mark on its back, following its shape, due to the shifts in light and temperature. 

Adding to their natural colours their ability to stay still for minutes and their wagging and extremely slow movements (unusual for a lizard) that makes their laterally flattened bodies, adorned by spikes, horns and protuberances, to look like a leaf or twig shaken by wind. No wonder they appear inconspicuous to their predators and prey. 

Do you know, what is a chameleon’s motto?

“A change is as good as a rest!”   :)) 

Any intelligent observer of life cannot help but be continually amazed and astonished at the wonderful and mysterious variety of incredible life forms that abound …like the Chameleon.

To fail to give the Creator God  praise and thanks for the marvellous beauty we see the intricate and delicate life forms around us, the incredible habits of creatures we take for granted is to miss out on some of the truly savoury experiences of life.

Chameleons have a unique anatomy that distinguishes them separately from their lizard cousins.  So how did that evolve? 

They are the only lizard with zygodactyls feet which allows them to climb trees. Their feet are split into two main fingers with a soft pad in between. An interesting fact about chameleon’s feet is that they have two claws on the outside of their front foot and three on the inside, yet the situation is reversed in their back feet.  The back foot is not only a pattern, but it also reveals the sex of the chameleon. On the outer part of the foot, there will be three toes if male, four toes if female.  Evolutionists, go figure that one out?

The chameleon has five toes on each foot; the back feet have three toes outside and two inside. The front feet are the opposite way around. This provides the chameleon with the same number of toes on each side of the twig and allows for a firm and balanced grip.

Evolutionists claim that the Chameleon’s closest relatives are …the Iguanas and dragon lizards (Agamidae). They claim there are Iguanas living in the Americas, that were the ancient ancestors of the Chameleon.

Now, I know I don’t have to tell you that the Americas is a long, long way from Madagascar, where 60 amazingly different species of Chameleon live. Also the Iguana is an incredibly complicated amazingly engineered creation in its own right, perfectly made for the lifestyle it lives.

  Today, the over 160 species of chameleon species are concentrated in Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring areas. Just one species reaches southern Europe and another one India.

Most chameleons have a prehensile (grabbing) tail, and can stay on a branch securing with just two feet and the tail.

  Chameleons look out for other chameleons only during the late summer which is the breeding season. Females lay eggs after 3-6 week gestation. She finds a warm spot at the base of tree when she is ready to lay her eggs. Then she digs down 10-30 centimetres depending on the species. Commonly they lay up to 30 eggs, but some extraordinary chameleon species such as Veiled Chameleons (Chamaeleo calyptratus) have been known to lay clutches of 80-100 eggs. Small Brookesia species only lay 2-4 eggs. So, the size of clutch vary greatly even among the same species. Eggs generally hatch after 4-12 months after they are laid, but some unusual species such as Parsons Chameleon (Calumma parsonii) are known to hatch out 2 years after they are laid!

Oh yes …and the young hatch, dig their way out and instantly do what Chameleons do.

No parental training or guidance needed.

Now really!   Tell me how they evolved?

Just to give us a smile, God has designed some Chameleons that don’t lay eggs but give live birth.

Chameleons are mostly oviparous (lay eggs), and some are ovoviviparous (born alive without placenta), such as the Jackson’s Chameleon (Chamaeleo jacksonii) which has a 5-6 month gestation period. The newborn are in a transparent, very sticky membrane and they are still sleeping.  Once they touch the ground or branch, they will wake up and crawl out of the membrane, instantly ready to catch their own food.  The female can have 8-30 live young at once.   Think about the headaches for Evolutionists about that amazing feat.  See this most miraculous birth sequence in the David Attenborough video clip below.

Chameleons drink dew and rain water, but they can also absorb water through their skin, like some desert dragon lizards do.

But how did Chameleons develop those unique swivelling eyes able to see 360o?

How did they develop the incredibly intricate colour changing chemistry …and a tongue twice its body length?

What hypotheses must Evolutionists use to explain these amazing varied and unique lizards?

Let’s go back in history — billions and billions of years, perhaps — since Evolutionists seem to assume that, given enough time, practically anything can happen. Here is our first little would-be Chameleon. Only he’s not a Chameleon, because he doesn’t have swivel independent eyes, tongue twice as long as his body and no curled up prehensile tail and no protective colour changing abilities.

Let’s say he’s surviving just fine — obtaining his food just like any other lizard.

But he can’t spot his insect prey fast enough with limited forward eyesight — he is easy prey for the whole host of predators because he can’t change his camouflaging colour. Even if he can spot a grasshopper or fly by the time he gets near enough to grab them, they have easily jumped or flown away.

No would-be Chameleon survives.

All are eaten.

Why reason this way?

Simple.

If the Chameleon needed to develop his extraordinary unique independent set of eyes, plus his incredible ‘top-gun’ tongue, plus his rapid colour changes for camouflage protection, mating and warding off predators …which would have taken, admittedly, an innumerable number of years in order to survive then he couldn’t have survived without them.

And if he DIDN’T survive until he developed them — then he doesn’t exist.

But let’s assume (being facetious, of course) that somehow, one little would-be Chameleon (who wasn’t really a completely developed Chameleon yet) sprouted a set of independent eyes.

Can you imagine it? His brain recoils in mute shock! Dizzily, he runs about in two directions at once. One eye communicates danger from above, while the other one tells him there is danger from behind Transfixed by the double vision messages of approaching horror, his mixed-up brain dizzily tries to leap out of the way …but which way?

This results in complete paralysis —and the very first successful Chameleon is eaten alive.

But others keep sprouting one wobbly left eye and a fixed confused right eye twitching and mixed up in a wild frenzy stumbling over this stupid sticky tongue, growing longer.

Confused, paralysed, none survive, so they don’t exist!

How many millions of years did it take their incredibly complex brilliantly engineered eyes, let alone their colour chemistry laboratory through various layers of their skin, which leaves Chemical Engineers perplexed with wonderment?

How many millions MORE years (while none survived!) did it take for their brains to sort out the double images?

Look up information about eyes. Study the fantastic complexity of the eyes of Chamelions, birds, lizards, fish, animals and humans.

Look at the numbers of cones and rods, complexity, engineered design, transmission and translation of information by brain cells, etc,.

Anything “simple” about an eye?

Independent Eyes of Chameleon

Independent Eyes of Chameleon

Modern man, with all his fantastic cameras, cannot begin to accomplish with a camera lens what is automatically accomplished in the eyes of thousands of creatures instantaneously, such as the Chameleon.

Its eyes are perfectly formed. They function perfectly for specific and set purposes, instantly upon birth!

No training required.

Is it a convenient accident that the Chameleon has such a complex and wonderfully intricate defence system? Or was it very intelligently designed, engineered, and created?

Either Chameleons began uniquely seeing, colour changing, tongue zapping the instant they were born or they didn’t survive.

And remember, Evolutionists don’t claim millions of Chameleons, suddenly appeared all at once!

No, the Chameleon is just one more of the amazing marvels of the creation around us, inspiring testimony to the love, warmth and humour of our Creator, who gives us every breath of air we breathe!

Meantime …keep pumpin’!

Ken E Murray

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PPPS:   Why not watch these short VIDEO CLIPS, of the wondrous and miraculous Chameleons, God has created for our pleasure and the things we can observe and learn. Just left click onto the blue words below.

Most amazing Chameleon; tongue shooting; colour changing; and live birth up in the tree branches: Sir David Attenborough

Also click onto this incredible Chameleon video clip below, by clicking onto the blue words:

Incredible video of tongue shooting – colour changing Chameleon

PPPPS:  The answer to the funny riddle: “What colour is a chameleon on a mirror?

Answer:  “The same colour as the chameleon on the other side of the mirror.”  :))