We’re all familiar with the cuddly 20-pound koala bear (Phascolarctos cinereus) of eastern Australia.
For Darwinists, the origin of the koala “is far from solved.”1
According to evolutionism, it’s supposedly related to the kangaroo and wombat, but the creation model states koalas have always been koalas — they didn’t evolve from a different animal. Darwinists describe marsupials — such as the koala — as more “primitive” than placental mammals. This is what some call “Eurocentric bias,” seeing biological differences to be perceived inferiorities. Creation scientists maintain neither reproductive method (marsupial vs. placental) is consistently superior to the other, they’re just different.
An evidence for koala evolution is the “vestigial” tail (a structure that serves no function but resembles the structure of presumed evolutionary ancestors). But how does the evolutionistknow it’s vestigial? Creationists suspect that the thickly-padded tail is designed by the Creator to aid in koalas sitting in trees — which they do their entire life.
The challenges to evolution are many according to editor and evolutionist Garret Hardin (“39 Steps to Biology,” Scientific American books). The challenge in this particular case is the chemistry (physiology) of the koala. The Creator has designed this creature to live almost entirely on the leaves of 35 of the 600 species of Eucalyptus trees growing in Australia. Water should be a problem for the koala; she drinks none — or hardly any. Instead, she obtains moisture from the leaves.The volatile oils of this tree are toxic to other animals, but the amazing liver chemistry of the koala detoxifies her yummy eucalyptus meals.
“The koala’s thermoregulatory pattern is attuned to [water from the eucalyptus leaves], and so . . . the animal is potentially able to thrive in most of the forests of Australia.”2….
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