People have often asked sceptically why we don’t find fossils of kangaroos or platypuses, for example, anywhere but in Australia. Surely, they say, this means they must have evolved in Australia.
However, we don’t find lion fossils in the Middle East where they are known to have lived—fossilization requires special conditions. In the biblical model, creatures such as platypuses may well have reached other parts of the world—Australia is simply the only place where they have survived. So while it is not necessary to find their fossils anywhere else, if a few such fossils were found it would support the biblical model, but would be a big blow to those who say they must have evolved here.
Now South American scientists have discovered a fossil platypus tooth in Patagonia, near the tip of South America.1 Not surprisingly, it ‘has sent shock waves through the scientific community’.2 Platypus teeth are unique and distinctive, with a V-shaped, double-crested blade system. The find has been confirmed by the Royal Zoological Society in Sydney, Australia.
The question of how the kangaroo, platypus, etc., travelled to Australia is the subject of chapter 12 of The Answers Book. Whether evolutionists believe the platypus evolved in South America or Australia, they face the same question (with the same possible answers) as creationists do, namely how it crossed over the ocean.
Help keep these daily articles coming. Support AiG.
Discover how compromise starting in Genesis has filtered down from Christian seminaries and colleges to pastors—and finally to parents and their children. This erosive legacy is seen in generations of young people leaving the church—two-thirds of them. Get the facts, discover God’s truth, and help bring a new reformation to churches and families by helping to call them back to the authority of God’s Word.
Answers magazine is the Bible-affirming, creation-based magazine from Answers in Genesis. In it you will find fascinating content and stunning photographs that present creation and worldview articles along with relevant cultural topics. Each quarterly issue includes a detachable chart, a pullout children’s magazine, a unique animal highlight, excellent layman and semi-technical articles, plus bonus content. Why wait? Subscribe today and get a FREE DVD download!