Thoughts on Evolution and the Duckbill Platypus
While searching for a short poem on the duckbill platypus to recite to my kindergarteners, I ran across the website, creationscience.com, and the statement, “Such ‘patchwork’ animals and plants [like platypus], called mosaics, have no logical place on the so-called ‘evolutionary tree’.”Acknowledgement
After reading this, I decided to get a second opinion, so I asked my cat, Tiger Georgette McMonkey McBean, what she thought of the evolutionary tree.
Tiger Georgette responded, “You humans draw it all wrong.”
“What do you mean?”
“The cat goes on top. Cats are the pinnacle of evolution.”
“Ok, then where do people go?”
“On that limb you've been trying to saw off.”
“And the duckbill platypus?” I asked.
“Hanging on by the skin of its teeth. Now go draw it right.”
With help from Tiger Georgette and the creationscience.com website, I wrote my own platypus poem, complete with illustration. Sadly, it is probably not appropriate for most kindergarteners.
Disclaimer: I am both an evolutionist and a creationist. I believe God created the laws of evolution along with gravity, inertia, thermodynamics, relativity, entropy and a plethora of other natural laws: known and unknown. Evolution is here to stay. It's God's Will. You can like it, dislike it, deny it, or simply not care. It doesn't matter. You may as well deny the law of gravity and jump off a cliff.
Not wanting to slight the world's only other extant monotreme genus, I also wrote a poem on the echidna. This one is perhaps somewhat more appropriate for kindergarteners.Thoughts on Evolution and the Duckbill PlatypusOh platypus, platypus, how could this be?
The ancient magician said, “Ain't I just fine!”The Echidna