“And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.”
God made animals according to their kind. We refer to these kinds as baramins – from two Hebrew words for created kind. God did not make lions, tigers, pumas, etc. He made felids – the technical word for members of the cat family, or felidae.
Evolutionists believe in a phylogenetic tree, showing a common ancestry of animals. Creationists do not accept this common ancestry, but neither do they accept a fixity of species because species is a relatively modern concept. We would see a phylogenetic orchard where there is a branched tree for felidae, another for canidae, or dogs, and another for ursidae, or bears.
However, evolutionists wish to find a common ancestor for these three families of carnivores, and they believe they have found it in a fossil bed near Dormaal, in Belgium.
Originally, two teeth were found, and this suggested to the discoverers a whole new type of creature. Then some ankle bones were found, and these were assumed, because of their proximity, to be from the same animal type. So they named the creature dormaalocyon latouri and claimed it to be the ancestor of wolves, tigers and bears. Judging from its ankle bones, they have decided that the creature lived in trees, weighed two pounds and looked like a cross between a panther and a squirrel. They would appear to be led by what they desire to find. There is no evidence of this being any sort of link between these three kinds of animals.
Prayer: The variety of creatures that You have made, Lord, leaves us amazed at the wonder of Your creation. Amen.
Author: Paul F. Taylor
Ref: Tiny ancestor of lions and tigers and bears discovered (Oh my!), < https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/tiny-ancestor-lions-tigers-bears-discovered-oh-my-flna2D11869414 >, accessed 10/31/2018. Image: CC BY-SA 3.0.
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