“And the wild beasts of the islands shall cry in their desolate houses, and dragons in their pleasant palaces: and her time is near to come, and her days shall not be prolonged.”
British comedian Milton Jones once claimed he had been raised in the wild by hyenas. “They were difficult times,” he claimed to remember, “but we had a lot of laughs.”
Hyenas look very like dogs and behave in similar ways. They tend to hunt in packs, though they are much more likely to scavenge food rather than kill their own. In the early days of classification, hyenas were indeed classed as members of the dog family – canidae.
However, in the last few decades, evolutionists have changed their classification. They are now classed as their own family, being one of the smallest families of mammals. Evolutionists place them in the suborder feliforma – a suborder which also includes felidae – the cat family.
Hyenas, therefore, give us a good lesson in the placing of the term baramin in the accepted classification system. A baramin, or created kind, will generally be equivalent to the family, but in some cases, it might be equivalent to the subfamily, and in others the suborder. For example, the pig and peccary families are both part of the suine suborder, and the suine suborder is considered to be the baramin. In the case of hyenas and cats, however, evolutionists see relational links between them, whereas creationists do not – other than coincidental. Sometimes they seem like half dog and half cat, but they are neither – they are their own created kind, created separately by God, and a pair of hyenas must have been on the Ark.
Author: Paul F. Taylor
Prayer: We are constantly amazed, Lord, by Your goodness to us and by the greatness of Your creation. Amen.
Ref: Encyclopedia Britannica, < https://www.britannica.com/animal/hyena >, accessed 11/30/2018. Image: Charles J Sharp, CC BY-SA 4.0 International.
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