Flying fox at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydne...

Flying fox at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, Australia

To go with Cool Animals: Bat Midwives

Bat has this to say about how bats supposedly developed from earlier forms:

The ancestors of today’s bats may have evolved from a primitive primate, which could mean that bats and humans may share a comman ancestry.

(check out those fuzzy words! “may have”, “could mean”, and “may share” in one sentence!)

But here’s what Encyclopedia Smithsonian has to say about it:

TarsierBased on similarities of bones and teeth, most authorities agree the bat’s ancestors were probably insect eating placental mammals, possibly living in trees, and likely the same group that gave rise to shrews and moles. Bats are not rodents and are not even closely related to that group of mammals.

I suppose an “insect eating placental mammal” that possibly lived in trees could be a monkey-type of animal, but this one had to have baby shrews and moles as well as bats for great grandchildren!

Bat exodus at Mulu caves

Bat exodus at Mulu caves (Photo credit: Erwin Bolwidt)

How about the idea that One Master Designer liked some of His ideas so much He did a whole bunch of variations.  As we know, all parents have babies that are the same type of creature, even though none is ever exactly the same.  Our DNA books make sure of that!

Let us praise our Creator God for His wisdom and creativity!

Praise the LORD from the earth,
Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl:
Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth:
Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children:
Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven. Psalm 148:7,10-13

Cheri Fields

I'm a homeschooling blogger and book writer. The gift God has given me for His kingdom is to understand complex stuff (mostly) and share it with others using everyday words. It is a joy to share God's wonders with all kinds of people and especially the next generation!

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