Have you ever wondered how we got so many animals that look similar to each other but are also different?
For example, camels and llamas. They live on different continents, yet are able to breed together and produce young. Dromedary camels, Camelus dromedarius, (camels with only one hump), are nearly six times larger than llamas Lama glama. They have more of a temper, but are strong and have great endurance. Llamas are smaller, but have a more easy going temperament and produce a lot more wool than camels. Scientists at the Camel Reproduction Center in Dubai, wanted to create a cross between the two animals in hopes of producing larger, stronger animals with a docile temperament and high wool production. Because of the difference in size, the scientists used artificial means to produce the first successful cross between a male dromedary camel and a female llama born on January 14, 1998. The offspring was called a cama. Since the first birth in 1998, about a half dozen camas have been born. Unlike many other hybrids that are sterile, camas are fertile and can reproduce, because camels and llamas have the same number of chromosomes. What makes this so interesting is that for years, the scientific definition of a species is that it cannot interbreed and produce fertile young with any other species or genus. In the case of the camel and llama, they are not only different species, but they are also classified as two different genus.
Another example of two similar but different animals reproducing took place in Bakersfield, California. When I was going to graduate school, a fellow student owned a reptile shop in Bakersfield. He had a number of different kinds of snakes and shared with me that he had been successfully interbreeding two different genus of snakes, common kingsnakes (Lampropeltis getula) with corn snakes (Elaphe guttatus) and producing fertile young. But unlike the camel and llama, he did not use any artificial means to interbreed the snakes. He gave them the opportunity and they naturally bred and laid fertile eggs. In 2004 I had the privilege of watching a clutch of eggs from a cross between an albino kingsnake and albino corn snake hatch. I was able to select my pick of the litter and named my baby snake Genae which is a Latinized spelling for genus because she was a cross between two genus.
Other examples of animals being able to cross breed include zebras with horses which result in a zorse; a zebra with a donkey to produce a zonky; a horse with donkey to produce a mule; tigers with lions to produce ligers, whale with a dolphin to produce a wholphin; a plum with an apricot to produce a pluot and even potatoes with hot peppers to produce I don’t know what they are called but would love to cook some up, and so on.
The ability of so many different plants and animals to interbreed amazes biologists, especially those that believe in evolution. Modern evolutionists believe that the present is the key to the past. When they examine how slow changes occur today, their theory says that these species that are able to interbreed must have formed fairly recently and quickly.
But how do they explain a recent common origin for camels and llamas that are separated by thousands of miles of oceans. Evolutionists believe the continents split apart hundreds of millions of years ago, which presents a real problem for camels and llamas being so similar that they can still interbreed and produce fertile young.
For several thousand years, animal breeders and farmers have been aware of the huge amount of genetic variation within the plants and animals. They may not have known the science, but they knew that they could cross different individuals to produce a new result.
One of the first examples we have is the account of Jacob in Genesis 30 when he bred goats that were striped, spotted and speckled to divide his flocks from his father-in-laws flocks.
Since that time, many hybrids have been bred. Take a look at the dog family. Most scientists agree that domestic dogs were originally bred from wolves. Five hundred years ago, there were only a couple dozen different breeds of domestic dogs. Today that number is approaching 200 or more. The same is true for pigeons and chickens. Most farm animals today are the result of interbreeding individuals with different characteristics in hopes getting a desirable combination in the offspring.
So what is the answer to different species and genera of plants and animals being able to interbreed? Or how do evolutionists explain so much variation within plants and animals?
The only answer that makes sense is the biblical account of creation.
In Genesis 1 we are told that God created every plant and animal according to their kind. Surely an all knowing God would have created plants and animals with a large amount of variation to help them adapt to new environments later on. In all likelihood, God created one original camel kind at the beginning. The camels that were on board the Ark would still have a lot of variation. After the flood, many animals were widely dispersed across the lands. At the time there most likely were some land bridges that connected the major continents and many animals crossed these land bridges to populate the separating lands. As they spread out and separated, different traits were carried by the different populations, creating rapid speciation.
Then when God confused the languages at the Tower of Babel and caused the different language groups to spread and travel to new lands, they would have taken a number of plants and animals with them, also adding the rapid speciation of many of them.
So often when we turn to man’s wisdom for answers, the answers aren’t always accurate or trustworthy and often change from one theory to another. However, when we turn to God’s Word, we can always count on the answers be true and accurate.
These ten girls grew up to become women who didn’t give in. Living as a Christian for them was difficult. They chose to do the right thing instead of the easy thing. Would you give in or would you resist?
Blandina became a Christian and then a martyr; Perpetua was forced to give up her child and then died in a Roman amphitheatre; Lady Jane Grey did as she was told but in the end would not deny her Lord; Anne Askew lost her home and family but never lost her faith; Lysken Dirks loved her young husband but they both loved Jesus first; Marion Harvey discovered the joy of following Christ and followed him to the end; Margaret Wilson became an outlaw for Jesus but obeyed God whatever the cost; Judith Weinberg loved the Lord although it cost her life; Betty Stam’s life was full of danger but she lived for Jesus through and through; Esther John gave her life to Christ and died for him. In a world where we give in too easily – be inspired by those who didn’t!