Evolutionists Go Batty

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Evolutionists go batty as a recent study of genes from many bat types has found one group of echo-locating bats has some genes that are more like those of non-echo-locating bats. Bats are usually classified into two main groups - those that use sound waves to find prey and avoid obstacles (echo-location) and those that don’t. Echo-locating bats use echoes to navigate around dark caves and pursue active prey (insects). The evolutionists who published the study in Nature, Vol 403, pp188-192 13th January, 2000 argue that since echo-location is so complex it should only have evolved once therefore echo-locating bats should have genes that are more similar to each other than to non-echo-locating bats. Exceptions to this, they say, would mean either echo-location evolved twice or all bats originally had echolocation and some have lost it.

Editorial Comment: Echo-location is one of the most complex functions found in animals. It works like sonar in a submarine. To use echo-location an animal needs a voice box capable of producing very high pitched sounds, plus ears that can hear very high pitched sounds connected to a brain that can interpret the reflected sounds in 3D and build a picture of the environment from the sound waves. Like sonar in a submarine echo-location is useless until all components are completely functional and interconnected, so it requires a lot of faith to believe it evolved even once, let alone twice. Given the Genesis account of created perfection, followed by the Fall, it is possible non-echo-locating bats have lost this function, but since some bats are well able to live without it, i.e. they have good eyesight, tend to live in trees rather than caves and feed on things like bananas that don’t need to be chased, this idea is unlikely. Non echo-locating bats have no such problem as being “as blind as a bat.” (Ref. Bats, Echolocation, Design)

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