The Design of the Hearing Ear

Proverbs 20:12

“The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.”

That alleged fount of all knowledge – Wikipedia – has this to say about the supposed evolution of mammalian ears:

The evolution of mammalian auditory ossicles was an evolutionary event in which bones in the jaw of reptiles were co-opted to form part of the hearing apparatus in mammals. The event is well-documented and important as a demonstration of transitional forms and exaptation, the re-purposing of existing structures during evolution.

Exaptation is like a sort of excuse that evolutionists use for problems with their theory. It refers to an adaptation which is supposed to be favorable but then turns out to have a different use. In this case, it refers to some small jaw bones in extinct creatures called synapsids which are assumed to be reptilian ancestors of mammals. Reptiles have multiple jaw bones, whereas mammals have just one, so evolutionists suppose that some of these bones changed into the ear’s tiny ossicle bones – the malleus, incus and stapes. Wikipedia describes it thus:

As they evolved in synapsids, these jaw bones were reduced in size and either lost or, in the case of the articular, gradually moved into the ear, forming one of the middle ear bones.

But how can a bone “gradually move”? They are actually referring to supposed differences in offspring, but these differences are not seen. So synaptids are assumed to be transitional forms, with no mechanism for even their transition into mammals. It makes more sense to view these clearly distinct types as separate creations by God.

Prayer: We praise You, Lord, that we are fearfully and wonderfully made and that Your creation illustrates Your wisdom in design. Amen.

Author: Paul F. Taylor

Ref: Wikipedia, < https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolution_of_mammalian_auditory_ossicles >, accessed 12/31/2018. Image: Nikkasaurus; a synapsid: CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported.

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