A recent article in Scientific American reports that researchers have found traces of viruses in the genomes of modern songbirds. They quickly jump to the conclusion that the viruses have been there for millions of years based solely on their presuppositional evolutionary views.
Admittedly, we would also interpret the same evidence based on our presuppositional views of a biblical creation about 6000 years ago and a worldwide flood about 4500 years ago. Based on our foundational views, we would say that there was a great deal of speciation that occurred after the Genesis Flood. The common ancestor referred to in the article below would have been a parent species somewhere in the lineage of the particular songbirds being studied. We know this can be true because many of today’s songbirds that are classified in the same groups can still interbreed. Finches are a prime example of this, which means that somewhere back in their ancestry is a common parent finch. This has nothing to do with evolution and everything to do with speciation. They are total opposites of each other.
Ancient “Fossil” Virus Shows Infection to Be Millions of Years Old
Viruses can be thought of as hyperspeed shape-shifters, organisms that can adapt quickly to overcome barriers to infection. But recent research has been finding ancient traces of many viruses in animal genomes, DNA insertions that have likely been there for much longer than the viruses were previously thought to have existed at all.
A new study describes evidence of a hepadnavirus (a virus group that includes hepatitis B, which infects humans as well as other mammals and ducks) hiding in the genomes of modern songbirds. By tracing back to these bird species’ common ancestors, the researchers behind the new work estimate that this family of viruses has been around for at least 19 million years—and possibly as long as 40 million years—rather than the several thousand years researchers had estimated.
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