Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Proof of Evolution?

More Proof That Evolution is Not a Theory

The original article: Lizards Rapidly Evolve After Introduction to Island

Italian wall lizards introduced to a tiny island off the coast of Croatia are evolving in ways that would normally take millions of years to play out, new research shows.

In just a few decades the 5-inch-long (13-centimeter-long) lizards have developed a completely new gut structure, larger heads, and a harder bite, researchers say.

First of all, how do you know what is normal for lizards? Do you know what has been programmed into their DNA? It is very possible that they have an elasticity built in to deal with changing environments, it seems to be so. Many animals have intraspecies variations depending on the environment they live in or other factors, including deliberate breeding by humans for certain traits.

As far as proof of evolution, just what is evolution? Must the definition include the evolving of one type of animal to another - on the order or family level? By that I mean breeding a lizard until it is no longer a lizard, it can no longer be classified as a lizard. When I think of evolution that is what I imagine. That's evolution to me. What is their definition? Intraspecies variation? That doesn't do it for me as there are other possibilities as to explanation in that respect.

The fact is, the lizards in the article are still lizards - undeniably so. A new gut structure, larger head, harder bite and a very, very large leap of faith equals proof of evolution. There are other possible explanations which cannot be thrown to the wayside because you desperately want evolution to be true.

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