As a youngster, I could not at first believe that the colours of the parrot featured on a famous Australian food brand were real. It took some time to convince me that the ‘unbelievable’ colours had not just been painted by an artist, but in fact had occurred naturally.
But what purpose does such striking coloration serve? This question weighed upon Charles Darwin, who in 1871 proposed the idea of “sexual selection” to try to explain, for example, the male peacock’s magnificently ornate tail feathers vs the female’s drab-by-comparison plumage. The peacock evolved its exotic tail because it would be easier to attract a mate, said Darwin, and this idea soon became “part of the canon of evolutionary biology”.1
Today, however, some evolutionists themselves admit to Darwin’s sexual selection theory being seriously, some even say fatally, flawed.2–4
Despite this, they continue to debate various ideas about how evolution might have occurred, while insisting it is ‘a fact’.
And now evolutionists have a further challenge in explaining how parrots got their spectacular hues. Researchers using high-tech lab equipment have found something “both beautiful and a bit baffling.”5….
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