A team of researchers from the University of Sheffield have been studying the moveable facial whiskers of rats and mice.  The process of using moveable whickers to navigate is called whisking.

The rodents were studied using a high-speed digital video camera as they moved through a series of differently shaped trails.  Then the researchers viewed the video in slow motion to allow them to see the actual whisker movements.

When running in a straight line, their whiskers moved back and forth, constantly detecting the anything close to them on either side.  However, if the rat or mouse were turning, say to the right, the whiskers would move to the right and not back and forth.

This research is interesting in that it gives us a little more insight into the very rodents that make most women scream and even some men jump up on a chair.  The more we know about them the better we can develop methods of controlling their numbers, especially in our house.

If the team of researchers had stopped right there, this would have been a descent scientific study and paper.  However, the team then felt it necessary to step into the realm of make believe, conjecture and fairy tales.

In a press release, Professor Tony Prescott from the research team said:

This latest research suggests that alongside becoming warm-blooded, giving birth to live young, and having an enlarged brain, the emergence of a new tactile sense based on moveable facial whiskers was an important step along the evolutionary path to modern mammals.  “Although humans no longer have moveable whiskers, they were a critical feature of our early mammalian ancestors.

When you carefully read what Professor Prescott said, you will discover that he lists some of the major obstacles in mammalian evolution that have never been overcome.

The difference between a warm-blooded and cold-blooded animal is more significant than one would imagine.  It generally requires a different type of metabolism and skeletal muscle control as well a number of other functions.  Some evolutionists believe that dinosaurs may have been warm blooded reptiles, but that has not yet been verified.

The issue of live birth is not as big a deal as a number of snakes give live birth, but the general rule is that most reptiles still lay eggs.

The issue of having an enlarged brain is actually much more complex than how the author makes it out.  It’s not just the size of the brain that is different between reptiles and mammals, but the overall brain structure is also different.  One of those structures being the neocortex of the mammalian brain which is lacking in reptiles.

You also have some additional hurdles to get over that the professor failed to mention and that is mammals have hair, sweat glands and mammary glands whereas reptiles have scales and no sweat or mammary glands.   All reptiles, except the alligators and crocodiles have a three chambered heart and mammals have a four chambered heart.

What would an intermediate be like?  Would it have three and half chambers to the heart, some scales and some hair, half cold-blooded and half warm-blooded?  Would it brain be somewhere between the two groups?

When you add up all of the major difference, the hurdle from reptile to mammal is much too high for anything to successfully jump over and the researchers from Sheffield have tried to simply bypass the entire hurdle using moveable facial whiskers.  I pray you can see just how absurd their evolutionary conclusion really is and why that detracts from an otherwise reputable study.

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