Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Isn't evolution wonderful? — 7 (anti-sonar moths)

It's fascinating to think of the generations of moth-researchers dedicated to figuring out how to thwart a bat's sonar. Then of the production of bodily tools to do just that — all the millions of brave experimenters who died, yet someone passed along their findings to successors.

And then, finally, they "learned" (the word is used) to thwart the bats. Smart little bugs.

Or... brilliant Designer.

17 comments:

Al said...

Think of the scientists operating the under the same guidelines required for evolution to take place...

Would there ever be a moth tied to fishing line if we had to wait for time and chance to have its perfect work?

Animals make fantastic advances without intentionality, while the requirement to simply measure this advancement requires small scale surgery and Uber-Boy Scout like skills with very small knots.

al sends

The Squirrel said...

Ah, another example of something evolving into a marvel of engineering...

Professing to be wise, they became fools... (Romans 1:22 NASB)

~Squirrel

Mike Riccardi said...

The blog has become bluer.

DJP said...

Oh, that's funny. I just tossed up a post about that — which see.

Stan McCullars said...

Yeah. That's real cool. But global warming caused by evil capitalists is going to destroy those little bugs. The fish are already shrinking. I'll admit there is some evidence to the contrary.

Mock evolution if you want to but you should know scientists have recently uncovered burial grounds of millions and millions of those test bugs (complete with tombstones telling of their bravery).

The end is near! If Al Gore can't save us we are doomed!

Mesa Mike said...

> Would there ever be a moth tied to > fishing line if we had to wait for
> time and chance to have its
> perfect work?

Oh, but that has already happened! Didn't you read the linked article?

I mean, scientists who tie moths to fishing line are products of time and chance too, aren't they?

Fred Butler said...

Two thoughts.

I love David Attenborough's documentaries, but the way he talks about, let's say the evolution of spiders, the original spiders who swam in the ocean "willed" themselves the ability to come on land and spin webs. It truly is amazing how blind he is.

Then, on one particular Attenborough documentary, I learned about these little mites that live in the ears of moths. But, the mites only go to the left side of the head. SO they only live in the left ear canal. If they lived in both ears, or so narrates Attenborough, the moths could not hear predators sneaking up on them to eat them, thus killing the mites as well.

Question: How were there any mites left to pass along the trait to ONLY go into the left ear so as not to commit suicide by deafening your host?

Any one? Any one?

journeyman said...

Evolution seems to be a hot topic with Christians these days.

I am not sure why so much money is raised for these "crazy" hypothesis. It is unfortunate that this is how some people get their Phds.

There is room for "evolution" in my heart...

Romans 12:2 "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God"

Citizen Grim said...

I'd be more impressed if the moths evolved into bats...

I keep seeing stories about how this species or that species has such-and-such traits that 'prove' evolution, but you never see any stories where the species evolves into a different species.

DJP said...

LOL, or into bat-eating moths.

But you're making another point, which is the big one.

Susan said...
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Susan said...

You know, if Pecadillo were reading this right now, he'd probably thinking, "Now you tell me...."

eastendjim said...

A Richard Dawkins quote from the 'evolutionists say the funniest things' department.

"Of course we have observed evolution. We just haven't observed it while it's happening."

DJP said...

LOL

Well, then....

Mesa Mike said...

Dawkins?

I don't believe in Dawkins.

Mesa Mike said...

And then, there's this!

Mesa Mike said...

Oops.