In this program, varieties of salamander are described, some living on land, some in water. Animal Planet claims that millions of years ago salamanders living on land opted to emerge from the water. It is claimed that the embryos of land-dwelling red-backed salamanders do not show a hydrophilous stage and that this demonstrates an important point in evolutionary history (the so-called transition from water to land).
These claims of Animal Planet"s are connected with the deception that life began in water then transition to land and diversified. Amphibians begin life in water and breathe with their skins and gills. Their metamorphoses produce lungs with the appearance of more simple sacs as compared to the lungs of birds or mammals. The stage of metamorphosis in amphibians shows differences in respiration rates in water or on land according to factors such as temperature and season. At the moment of its birth, the salamander, which is an amphibian, has the ability to breathe either on land or in water. This being the case, showing the salamander"s respiration in water as an initial stage and its respiration on land as a later stage arises from Animal Planet"s evolutionist prejudices.
While the passage of the embryos through different stages can basically be attributed to knowledgeable design, Animal Planet rejects this possibility from the outset. In fact, different embryonic developments show that land and water salamanders have been designed by the same Creator but in different ways so that they can live in different environments. For example, our seeing similar watch models one of which is waterproof and the other not does not make it necessary for us to believe that they emerged through natural processes. According to this example, Animal Planet is examining the design of watches and attributing their structures to natural processes whereas it is necessary to accept that the design of the watches had a designer.
From another angle, the finding of fossilized salamanders from millions of years ago showing that they have undergone no change demonstrates that evolution claims concerning these creatures are nothing but a dream. In an article published in Nature magazine in March 27, 2003, it was stated that fossilized salamanders from 160 million years ago were the same as those of the present day with very slight variations. (You can read our article on this finding here.)
All this shows that Animal Planet"s claims about salamanders simply arise from evolutionist prejudices and that they are deceptions put forward in spite of scientific findings.2003-06-11 00:00:00