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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