Discovery Channel ""Ultimate Guide: Bears""

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In the program, information is given about the lives and various characteristics of different species of bear. The following fairy tale is told in connection with the origin of bears: In ancient times pandas were predators just like wolves.

In the program, information is given about the lives and various characteristics of different species of bear. The following fairy tale is told in connection with the origin of bears:

In ancient times pandas were predators just like wolves. Around 35 million years ago there emerged a species of bear called the dog bear which is the ancestor of modern bears. These bears were carnivores which resembled small dogs. DNA studies have shown that pandas come from the race of bears while red pandas come from the race of raccoons. The running bear species emerged between 10 and 12 million years ago. Two million years ago they traveled from Panama to South America. Eurasian bears caused the emergence of cave bears, grey and black bears. The brown and black bears learned to adapt to the food which they could find. The brown bears which lived in the north began feeding on seals and the polar bear emerged.

The evolutionists base this claim on anatomical resemblances between bears and dogs. Both are mammals and certain resemblances are observable in the structure of their skulls. The claim that these creatures evolved from a common ancestor rests on the existence of the faith that their resemblances emerged through evolution. Without investigating whether similar creatures emerged through evolution, accepting that resemblances are the direct product of evolution is subjective. In this case, there is rejection from the outset of the possibility that resemblances between living things are the product of a common design and there is a prejudiced attitude. In short, while the resemblances between bears and dogs are not a scientific proof of evolution, a person who believes in evolution is open to subjective interpretations.

The adaptation of brown and black bears to the food which they found and the emergence of polar bears at the poles are not the type of developments which the evolutionists need to prove. Because adaptation comes about through information already existing in the gene pool, this is not a proof of evolution from simple to complex (as in the claim that human evolved from a single molecule). On this matter the theory of evolution is in a cul-de-sac because countless experiments carried out show that random mutations are unable to add information to the DNA of living things or to gain for them advantageous structures which they did not previously possess. Moreover, amongst living species there are insuperable genetic barriers and a bear always remains a bear no matter what its color or diet.

All this shows that the claims put forward by Discovery Channel about the origin of bears arises from faith and that there is no scientific proof of evolution.

2003-06-02 00:00:00

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