No Brain? No Problem!

Psalm 136:25-26
“Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever.”

Judging from the things many of us choose to eat, you’d be right in thinking that we sometimes don’t use our brains when it comes to making healthy food choices. But a tiny multicellular animal, which scientists call “Trix” for short, doesn’t use its brain at all at mealtime. In fact, it doesn’t have a brain or a single nerve cell in its whole millimeter-sized body.

Trichoplax, a simple animal with no organs, feeds on microalgae (red specks)So how is it that these tiny, brainless creatures are found worldwide, crawling across shallow seafloors on a belly covered in hairlike cilia in search of algae? Scientists have recently discovered that Trix have a whole bag of tricks that enable them to seek out algae with surprising sophistication.

According to an article in LiveScience, when scientists used light and electron microscopy to look up close at Trix, they found two previously unknown cell types, giving Trix a total of six body cell types in all. By contrast, humans have hundreds of different cell types. Scientists think that one of these new cell types – which they call “crystal cells” – allows Trix to sense their environment, thus enabling it to find its lunch on the seafloor.

Though scientists now know how Trix find food, they don’t have a clue how they came to have these crystal cells to begin with. And they are utterly incapable of explaining how Trix survived before they supposedly “evolved” those cells. To creationists, however, it’s crystal clear that God created this creature with all the cell types it needed to survive.

Heavenly Father, it doesn’t take a brain like Einstein’s to see that even an animal without a brain is highly complex. I praise Your Son, Jesus Christ, for being that Designer! Amen.

N. Weiler, “No Organs, No Problem: Weird Animal Hunts Without Nerves or Muscles,” LiveScience, 9/2/15. Photo: Trichoplax, a simple animal with no organs, feeds on microalgae (red specks). Credit: Carolyn Smith.