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Have Evolutionists Solved the Puzzle of the Platypus? No—and Here’s Why


One of the most baffling creatures in the world is the platypus. Why? Because it has webbed feet like a duck, a tail like a beaver, spurs like a rooster, and venom like a snake—plus it lays eggs like a bird!

This makes the platypus one of the most confusing animals for evolutionists. With all these different characteristics from various animals, how can evolutionists know which animal the platypus evolved from?

It’s an enigma! But not for creationists.

We know the platypus didn’t evolve at all. It was lovingly created by an Intelligent Designer, our Creator God.

But now, evolutionists claim that they might have solved the mystery of the platypus—at least in part.

In a study published by Nature, scientists announced they have mapped the platypus genome. As they look at the platypus’ DNA sequences, they conclude that this aquatic animal has lost and gained various genes throughout its history.

Did you catch that? Scientists looked at the observational science (DNA sequences) and then used historical science based on their evolutionary worldview to reach their conclusions.

This is nothing more than storytelling.

Has the Platypus Lost and Gained Genes Throughout Its History?

Secular scientists are saying that the platypus lost several genes, including vitellogenin genes, which are necessary to lay eggs. They also say it gained casein genes, which it needs to produce milk for its young.

But there’s no evidence to support these assumptions.

The scientists say that they believe the platypus lost the vitellogenin genes because it only has one while chickens have three. But creationist and AiG geneticist Dr. Georgia Purdom explains that the platypus only has one vitellogenin gene because it lays leathery eggs like a turtle, not hard eggs like a chicken.

“Starting with God’s Word (which contains the truth about the past, including the origin of animals), God spoke the animal kinds, including the platypus kind, into existence during creation week about 6,000 years ago,” Purdom says. “He very likely designed the platypus with just one vitellogenin gene and casein genes needed for the egg and milk production of this unique animal. To quote a line from a fun Buddy Davis song, ‘It’s designed to do what it does do, and what it does do it does do well!’”

The platypus didn’t lose any egg-laying genes. Its one vitellogenin gene does exactly what it was designed to do!

While studying a creature’s genomes does offer incredible insight, it can’t tell us the organism’s origins. That’s what we call historical science—looking into the past for answers.

To study historical science, we need to start with a trustworthy source such as God’s Word, which tells us God created everything in six days just a few thousand years ago.

Animal Kinds vs. Species: What’s the Difference?

What’s the difference between species and animal kinds? If this topic confuses you, you’re not the only one.

The answer to this question, we have to start by understanding the difference between evolutionists’ version of speciation and creationists’ version of speciation. Evolution says all animals evolved from one single organism. Creationism says God created specific kinds of animals during creation week, and from there, many different species came about (all within their kind).

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It’s easy to look at the incredible animal diversity in the world today and wonder, Which of these animals were made during creation week? All of them? A few? And how did Noah fit all of these animal kinds on the Ark?

Watch as Dr. Georgia Purdom answers all these questions and more in her fascinating teaching Kinds & Speciation. Don’t miss this interesting and informative video!