Crazy Creationists Unleashed #2

By Brendan Moyle 03/11/2010

Continuing my adventures in la-la land, this week I thought I’d have a look at this gem from @Starchasr

Crazy Creationists 2
Crazy Creationists 2

This is from an Old-Earth Creationist, so he accepts that the earth is very old but denies that any evolution has taken place. That’s why he’s made the claim. Apparently animals have remained unchanged.

Sadly, anyone with a decent knowledge of biology (which by definition, means someone who is not a creationist) knows that some rather dramatic changes have occurred. If we look at one of my favourite groups, the Arachnids, then all sorts of changes have taken place.

From common ancestors likely resembling scorpions, evolution has generated a number of fairly dramatic changes.

Black Scorpion- from Wikipedia Commons
Black Scorpion- from Wikipedia Commons

This has features such as claw-like pedipalps and segmented opithosoma (the second body segment).

If we look at a spider, then we can see how it’s kind of nothing like that:

Photo by Author
Photo by Author

The opithosomal segments have fused, a distinct waist has formed, the pedipalps are leg-like, and its evolved the ability to make silk.

And neither look much like this arachnid, a native harvestman

Photo by Author
Photo by Author

Here the opithisoma is still segmented, the waist has gone, the pedipalps are leg-like not pincer like, and the chelicerae are nothing like the above. This guy doesn’t have venom, nor can he spin silk.

0 Responses to “Crazy Creationists Unleashed #2”

  • Oh, that harvestman is quite something! What are we looking at, at the front end? Are those its chelicerae? Coooool 🙂

  • We’re looking at the front end- the elaborate bits at the front are the pedipalps. Gondwanaland had some very weird looking Opilionids.

    The whole radiation of arachnids- from ancient (probably semi-aquatic) scorpion-like creatures into the very many different orders we have now, is fascinating. The basic body structure of 6 somites for the prosoma and 12 for the rear (13 was possibly the original number) has yielded a lot of variations.

    (I had though about doing Compsognathus – Archaeopteryx – Modern Birds as an example of some dramatic changes as well)

  • I’ve always thought microbiology presents some great examples of evolution with the development of drug resistant micro-organisms. I also seem to remember reading somewhere that there are now micro-organisms that digest TNT and nylon, compounds that in the grand scheme of things haven’t been around for very long at all.

  • There’s no shortage of splendid evolutionary examples. But the challenge was the millions of year time frame 🙂 And I was after examples that would be obvious to the eyeball test.

    This creationist guy reminds me a little of Harun Yahya’s Atlas of Creation (Dawkins takedown attached)

    It’s all based on superficial resemblances rather than any understanding of the zoology. If you look at the youtube vid (about 6 minutes in), Dawkins points out the he confuses a fossil echinoderm with an extant annelid, and a fossil eel with an extant sea snake.

    Sometimes the stupid just burns.

  • The really daft example in Yahya’s compendium was his use of a fishing fly (truly!) as an image of a modern mayfly. Beggars belief, really.