March 11, 2006 

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Q: What is “incomplete” metamorphosis and how does it relate to evolution?

A: When a caterpillar changes into a butterfly, its internal organs dissolve and are re-formed as the butterfly emerges in a process called metamorphosis. The instructions for this process were “programmed” into the caterpillar's DNA.

Evolutionist quote of the week

“One interesting idea [of why dinosaurs went extinct] put forward in 1962 supposes that the evolution of those flowering plants was followed by the first appearance of the butterflies and moths … The caterpillars of butterflies and moths feed almost entirely on plants: today their numbers are kept down by natural enemies, notably birds, but when the caterpillars first appeared on the scene the birds had not yet realized how good they were to eat. For some time, therefore, the caterpillar population increased without check. They ate so much plant food that none remained for the plant-eating dinosaurs; the plant-eating dinosaurs died of starvation, and so the meat-eating dinosaurs which preyed on them also without food.”

– Alan Charig, A New Look At The Dinosaurs, pp. 150–151.

There’s another type of metamorphosis, which biology textbooks label “incomplete”: a nymph changing into a grasshopper. It sheds its skin several times, which we call “molting.”

But it’s wrong to say this is “incomplete” metamorphosis, because the change is complete. The grasshopper becomes an adult the way its DNA programs it to.

So why do evolutionary biologists call it “incomplete”? It is because they assume that the grasshopper and the butterfly are related through evolution!

In other words, the term exists simply because of a prior belief in evolution. Just because two insects have similarities, evolutionists assume they must have a common ancestry. But the Bible tells us these insects were created to reproduce after their kind—from the beginning—according to God’s perfect design. So there’s no such thing as “incomplete metamorphosis.”

Recommended resources:

Marvels of Creation Pack (Hardcover)
Marvels of Creation Pack (Hardcover)
What Is the Best Evidence That God Created? (DVD)
What Is the Best Evidence That God Created? (DVD)
Incredible Creatures That Defy Evolution, Volume 3 (DVD)
Incredible Creatures That Defy Evolution, Volume 3 (DVD)
Life’s Story (DVD)
Life’s Story (DVD)

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This week on www.AnswersInGenesis.org …

March 4: War of the Worldviews sneak preview series, part 12: Defining a biblical worldview—according to Seven C’s of History
March 5: A new name in the creation family
March 6: The scrambling continues
March 7: Recolonisation Theory—the latest compromise
March 8: Swimming with the dinosaurs
March 8: Update—Doors opened, hearts softened after Hurricane Katrina
March 9: Frozen in Time book series, Ch. 13: Where was man during the Ice Age?
March 10: Feedback: Why is my son an atheist?
March 10: A battle for men’s souls: part 1


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