Bats: The Fingerprints of Creation, continued

Many colors define the various species of bats. Red, gray, brown and black are very common. We also see yellow, gold, silver, blue-gray and white colors of bats. These colors are found on long-furred and short-furred bats, while some bats are hairless.

Some species have long tails while others have short tails to no tails. The same is true of their ears. Some bats are mouse-eared while others have long rabbit-like ears. Long noses and short noses characterize many other species. Many of the flying fox bats have dog-like faces while other bats have faces that only a mother could love! And for the horror movie buffs there are three different species of vampire bats and four species of ghost-bats.

How did so many species of bats with all these different characteristics and traits come into being? How do we account for genetic variation in any species? Note for example that over one thousand species of mosquitoes are known worldwide. Consider too all the varieties of dogs that are being bred today.

Creationists believe that genetic information necessary for variation was encoded in the DNA of each species at the time of creation. All of the genes for the various traits of a species existed in an original created kind. The Bible does not distinguish between species and kind and it is from the Bible that we define the law of biogenesis. The Bible teaches us that reproduction is of kind and type. "And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and everything that creepeth upon the earth after his kind; and God saw that it was good" Genesis 1:24.

It is through natural selection and genetic variation that we see so many different kinds and types. Do not be mistaken, natural selection is not synonymous with evolution. Natural selection occurs when certain traits appear and determine if a species can survive in a particular environment. As stated, all genetic information for traits were present in the original created kinds. Over time we may see a loss (or turning off) of genetic information in the DNA, but information is never added. As gene pools become isolated populations may stabilize and grow. No new traits may appear and a species may be compatible only with its own kind.

I would like to illustrate how new sub species develop, as genetic information is lost or turned off. Bats come in all different shapes and sizes. ome are as different as day and night. I will demonstrate my point by using the illustration of long-eared bats and short-eared bats.

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As you can see by this diagram, after a few generations a new species of long-eared bats can develop. In the diagram we also see the isolation of a gene pool and with few harmful mutations the species will survive. We also see the loss or turning off of genetic information in the DNA of a new species. Environmental factors may determine if long-eared bats can survive in a certain location. This is a simple example of genetic variation within a species. Once again, environmental conditions may determine the survival of a species in certain locations, thus natural selection.

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