Posted by: Rob Lester | August 20, 2010

The unexplained armadillo

Some say armadillos are primitive, prehistoric, walking fossils.  But they are very advanced and well-designed.   “Armadillos all live on land, and with their armor they are relatively heavy. One might expect them to avoid water, but on the contrary they are not afraid of water. This is just as well, because flash floods are a common hazard in much of their habitat. When faced with a body of water, the nine-banded armadillo simply sucks in enough air to inflate its stomach and intestines. This procedure confers on the armadillo enough additional buoyancy to enable it to float. Alternatively the animal may simply cross a stream bed by walking along the bottom! This brilliantly designed animal can hold its breath for as long as six minutes. The remarkable talent of sucking in air has never been explained, so say the nature books. What they mean is that evolution theory cannot explain how such a unique talent could have developed, especially in an animal that lives on land. No other land animal can do this, a fact which makes it even harder to find an evolutionary explanation. The obvious answer is that the armadillo was designed with this capacity. It is a unique animal, filling a special ecological role, and it was designed for that purpose.” Indeed, or else armadillos would have all drowned while evolving this ability. If dead, they would have been unable to pass on whatever evolutionary “progress” they had made to their offspring. The ability had to be fully developed and functioning perfectly the very first time. Evolution doesn’t work that way.

From “Armadillo—Wonderfully Made” by Margaret Helder in Creation Sep. 1991

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