Answers Update: AiG’s weekly email newsletter
September 30, 2006 

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Q: What do millipedes and cyanide have to do with evolution?

A: One would think that cyanide-producing millipedes would be killed by their own poison. But surprisingly, they aren’t!

Located within the sides of each segment of this type of millipede are small chambers that produce a deadly cyanide liquid. The poison is activated when the millipede is threatened, and forms little droplets along the millipede’s side.

The cyanide is strong enough to make most predators seriously ill if they touch the millipede. And it’s strong enough to kill many small predators if they eat it. Since the cyanide gives off a peculiar odor, most animals will just avoid the millipede altogether.

The millipede has a special kind of mitochondria that helps prevent it from poisoning itself. But if evolution were true, then how many millipedes poisoned themselves before they developed the mitochondria that protect them? The system that produces the cyanide is extremely complex and would have had to evolve at the same time, otherwise none of it would have worked.

This type of millipede had to be specially designed to do what it does, and what it does do, it does do well.


We should always remember that merely rejecting evolution in favor of a generic notion of intelligent design does not go far enough. Our purpose as a ministry is not just to convince people that there is a Creator, but that He is far more than that—that the Creator is Christ, and that He is the only way to be saved. Please see It’s intelligent, but is that good enough?


Quote of the week

“Insect resistance to a pesticide was first reported in 1947 for the Housefly (Musca domestica) with respect to DDT. Since then resistance to one or more pesticides has been reported in at least 225 species of insects and other arthropods. The genetic variants required for resistance to the most diverse kinds of pesticides were apparently present in every one of the populations exposed to these man-made compounds.”

– Francisco J. Ayala. “The Mechanisms of Evolution,” Scientific American, Sept. 1978, p. 65.

Recommended resources:

Answers Magazine (1-year subscription)
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God's Design for Life: The Animal Kingdom (Softcover)
God's Design for Life: The Animal Kingdom (Softcover)
If Animals Could Talk: Updated (Softcover)
If Animals Could Talk: Updated (Softcover)
God Created Insects
God Created Insects

This week on www.AnswersInGenesis.org

September 23: News to Note  <www.answersingenesis.org/news-to-note/0923.asp>
September 25: Taking Back the Temples  <www.answersingenesis.org/articles/am/v1/n2/taking-back-temples>
September 26: Lucy (and her “child”)—look like extinct apes after all  <www.answersingenesis.org/docs2006/0926selam.asp>
September 27: How manatees lost their legs?  <www.answersingenesis.org/docs2006/0927manatees.asp>
September 28: Creation: Facts of Life: Summary: fossil kinds  <www.answersingenesis.org/home/area/cfol/ch3-summary-kinds.asp>
September 29: Flood cuts off Europe  <www.answersingenesis.org/docs2006/0929flood.asp>

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