January 12, 2023 | David F. Coppedge

Hummingbirds and Humans Evolved by Mistake

To believe these evolutionary tales, one must accept that
genetic mistakes created our beloved backyard acrobats
and our own brains

 

Have evolutionists no shame? They can take any creature, no matter how beautiful, skillful or talented, and turn it into an accident of nature. What does this do to one’s enjoyment of natural wonders? Let’s all sing like the hummingbirdies sing: Hmmmmm.

Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly forward, backward and sideways, and hover motionless in mid-air. As explained in an Illustra Media video (below), their tongues are designed to quickly harvest nectar from flowers in 1/20th of a second, thousands of times a day. Among the most energy-utilizing birds, they feed constantly on nectar to power their wings that beat 80 times a second in a unique figure-eight pattern. Everything about their bodies is specialized for their legendary finesse as flyers.

Hummingbird eggs, by David Coppedge. Into those tiny eggs is packed all the code to make a magnificent flyer.

Study finds hummingbirds’ hovering flight likely evolved because of a lost gene (Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum via Phys.org, 12 Jan 2023).

Can anyone believe that a random mutation, without foresight or plan, resulted in the beautiful, acrobatic hummingbirds so admired by almost everyone? Some evolutionary biologists say so, and reporter by Stephanie Mayer-Bömoser had no problem relaying their speculations without asking any hard questions. Hummingbirds, they say, are mistakes. One of their muscle genes became inactivated, making them unable to fly at slower speeds. They’re like sports cars stuck in high gear.

Researchers from Frankfurt and Dresden have now discovered how this benefits the cells of the flight muscles that allow hummingbirds to hover. In their study, they sequenced the genome of the long-tailed hermit (Phaethornis superciliosus) and compared this and other hummingbird genomes with the genomes of 45 other birds, such as chicken, pigeon, or eagle.

They discovered that the gene encoding the muscle enzyme FBP2 (fructose bisphosphatase 2) was lost in all studied hummingbirds. Interestingly, further investigations showed that this gene had already been lost in the common ancestor of all living hummingbirds, during a period when hovering flight and nectar feeding evolved—around 48 to 30 million years ago.

Sprinkle in a few million years, and hummingbirds had plenty of time to figure out how to live stuck in high gear. Obviously more things had to happen by the Stuff Happens Law to make this work; the loss of the FBP2 gene was just one “step” along the way.

“Since the FBP2 gene is only expressed in muscle cells, our results suggest that the loss of this gene in the hummingbird ancestor was likely a key step in the evolution of metabolic muscle adaptations required for hovering flight,” adds study leader Michael Hiller, Professor of Comparative Genomics at the LOEWE-TBG and the Senckenberg Society for Nature Research.

According to their Darwinian speculation, this first mutation started them on a path of progress. Once committed to this new destiny, the Blind Watchmaker served up all kinds of other mistakes to help them. Probably.

In addition to the loss of the FBP2 gene, other important genomic changes probably occurred in hummingbirds. Several other genes that play important roles in sugar metabolism exhibit amino acid changes in hummingbirds, likely because of directed selection. “The relevance of changes in these genes for evolutionary adaptations in hummingbird metabolism needs to be clarified by further studies and experiments,” Hiller said.

There it is again: futureware brings job security for storytellers (25 June 2014).

Us Too, Brute?

Human gene linked to bigger brains was born from seemingly useless DNA (Science Magazine, 5 Jan 2023).

Elizabeth Pennisi probably knows better, but her job requires her to parrot the stupid things that evolutionists say (see what happens to those who don’t in yesterday’s story). This tale is a whopper: mistakes in non-coding DNA led to human brains! Accidents caused Einstein, believe it (preferably) not.

Biologists have long known that new protein-coding genes can arise through the duplication and modification of existing ones. But some protein genes can also arise from stretches of the genome that once encoded aimless strands of RNA instead. How new protein genes surface this way has been a mystery, however.

Let’s clarify this statement. They call evolutionists “biologists” to give them credibility that is undeserved, as will be shown in a moment. Notice that gene duplication is a mistake; it’s as “aimless” as they describe. Everything that follows in their scenario—the processes that led to humans with big brains—is due ultimately to mistakes. Also notice that they couch evolution’s Myth of Progress in innocent-sounding words like arise, surface, endow, emerge, role, and step. Oh, but there is vast “potential” in a sea of mistakes! It’s possible, isn’t it? Mistakes might have “played a role” in the heavy dose of Darwin Flubber that made humans “emerge.”

Now, a study identifies mutations that transform seemingly useless DNA sequences into potential genes by endowing their encoded RNA with the skill to escape the cell nucleus—a critical step toward becoming translated into a protein. The study’s authors highlight 74 human protein genes that appear to have arisen in this de novo way—more than half of which emerged after the human lineage branched off from chimpanzees. Some of these newcomer genes may have played a role in the evolution of our relatively large and complex brains.

You can stop listening to their story right now. If one were to believe their tale, it would undermine itself. Why? Because their beliefs would be built on a long series of accidents, with no anchor in truth or goodness. Cue sound of implosion.

How long will reasonable people put up with Toxic Mass Darwinity? Here are two assignments: Since laughter is the best medicine, laugh out loud at the evolutionists, and keep it up until they are ashamed.* Second, share the Illustra Media videos about hummingbird design and human design. The first is shown below; the second is a link to the original video “In the Image of God” at TheJohn1010Project.com, where many additional resources swamp evolutionary storytelling with historical and scientific evidence for intelligent design and a caring Creator God.

*Shame is good when it leads to humility, and humility to repentance, and repentance to trust in the Maker of all things.

 

 

 

 

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