predictions of YEC hypothesis

From: R. Joel Duff (
Date: Wed Oct 31 2001 - 13:46:14 EST

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    Seems rather slow around here lately so I though I would throw a thought I
    just had in reading AiGs resonse to their question of the day "Where
    Dinosaurs on Noah's Ark?"

    AiG assumes only land animals were brought onto the ark. Furthermore they
    assume these were represented by a sample number of 2 for each kind (more
    for unclean but not significantly more for my question). Then they assume
    rapid radiation of those animals into many tens if not hundreds of species.
    This raises the following question in my mind:

    Is there not a specific testable genetic hypothesis that falls out of this
    scenarion. Should there not be a discernable difference between the
    genetics of land animals and all othere organisms but especially between
    other animals (or even mamals such as whales, seals)?

    Surely Noah's ark represented a KNOWN extreme genetic bottleneck while other
    animals may not have had reduced number during this time. Should not
    comparison of these groups be able to identify this past event? Many
    people have foccussed on the likelihood of the rapic radiation events
    hypothesized by YEC after the flood but I have not seen anyone compare the
    Flood-effected organisms with the Flood-uneffeted organisms.

    Basic genetics to me would suggest that the non-bottlenecked animals would
    have had much much greater potential for rapid diversification and since
    they presumably would be in the same conditions after the flood the YEC
    model would predict vastly greater radiations among these organisms than
    among Ark-bound animals. It seems that the YECrs should be jumping on this
    chance to test a prediction of their model. Does anyone know of any place
    that these questions are addressed in more detail? I really don't remember
    seeing much at all in the YEC lit accept maybe some articles on Baramilogy
    (sp - basically creationist taxonomy) but they don't address this issue.


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