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The ‘Coincidental Champions’ Error By The Animal Planet Channel

The Animal Planet channel showed a documentary by the name “The Wild Nature”s Champions”. The program suggested that the zebra’s characteristics and clever behavioral pattern was the product of evolution. In this article, we will demonstrate the scientific invalidity of this claim.

The Old Tale Of The Horse’s Evolution

“The Wild Nature’s Champions” program, aired by the Animal Planet TV channel, examined the social life of zebras. According to the well worn out evolutionary mentality dominating the program, zebras and horses were of the same ancestry. No scientific evidence was shown. Their physiological similarity was considered sufficient to proclaim: “their common ancestry is obvious!” because the purpose for this exercise was not to educate the viewer on this subject by providing scientific data but to implant the totally discredited evolution story of the horse into the their subconscious, without giving them the opportunity to question it.

The evolution of the horse theory, once dearly loved by evolutionists, is now a scandal, rejected and forgotten by many evolutionists. In November 1980, in the Natural History Museum of Chicago, 150 evolutionists debated on the question of gradual evolution. The famous zoologist, Boyce Rensberger, stated that there is nothing in the fossil records to support the evolution of the horse scenarios and that therefore the horse’s gradual evolution cannot be discussed:

The popularly told example of horse evolution, suggesting a gradual sequence of changes from four-toed fox-sized creatures living nearly 50 million years ago to today’s much larger one-toed horse, has long been known to be wrong. Instead of gradual change, fossils of each intermediate species appear fully distinct, persist unchanged, and then become extinct. Transitional forms are unknown. (Boyce Rensberger, Houston Chronicle, November 5, 1980, p. 15)

Rosenberg, who is also a science writer for The New York Times, says, that the horse series has no scientific value and that it goes no further than speculation. (For detailed info see; Harun Yahya, Darwinism Refuted, The Myth of Horse Evolution, Goodword Books, 2003)

The Climate Control Function Of The Zebra’s Stripe

The program contained an interesting example of a contradiction. First, it was explained in detail that the white and black stripes of the zebra have an important function. While the black stripes focus and absorb the sunlight, the white stripes reflect it. This sensitive system regulates the continuous heat transfer between the different areas under the skin and thereby, the stripes on the skin of the zebra cool the animal under the searing heat of Africa. But after this unique function was explained, it was claimed that these stripes were the product of evolution. No biological mechanism or logical reasoning was offered in explanation and we were required to accept that this design was the consequence of blind coincidences.

The inconsistency of such a claim is obvious for it is impossible for accidental mutations to create a “climate control” like system under the skin of a living being. It is self-evident that such a clever cooling solution can only be the product of a superior mind.

Defensive Strategies Cannot Be Coincidental

The program explored in detail the zebra’s “rational” defense against the attacks of predators, but again it was claimed that the imaginary processes of evolution had developed this defense strategy.

The zebras form a protective circle around the weak and young when attacked and defend themselves from all directions in this way against the circling predators. It is inconceivable that this rational behavior evolved over millions of years. The rational behavior of animals devoid of consciousness and self-awareness is neither a strategy developed by them nor the consequence of coincidental processes. Besides, there would be no point to such altruistic action for an animal in the “struggle for survival” in nature. It cannot be expected from an animal, claimed to be the product of natural selection, to display this type of self-sacrificing and rational behavior. The fact of animals showing devotion negates one of the fundamental principles of Darwinism, which states that every living being is engaged in a selfish struggle for survival.

The only explanation for all the characteristics of these animals is creation. The examples of solidarity and clever strategies by the zebras and other animals we can observe, demonstrate clearly God’s government over all living beings. The behavior and abilities of these creatures are taught and the being Who teaches these creatures is the Creator of everything. God nurtures and protects His creation and He is Most Compassionate and Merciful.

“”I have put my trust in God, my Lord and your Lord. There is no creature He does not hold by the forelock. My Lord is on a Straight Path.””  (Qur’an, 11: 56)

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