A new genetic study showing that 90 percent of animals appeared on the Earth simultaneously and at the same time as humans affirms the biblical account of creation, says Ken Ham, founder and president of Answers in Genesis.
The study, published in the journal Human Evolution, examined the “DNA barcodes” from 100,000 animal species and showed that “nine out of 10 species on Earth today, including humans, came into being 100,000 to 200,000 years ago,” according to Phys.org.
The study’s conclusion goes against evolutionary theory.
“This conclusion is very surprising, and I fought against it as hard as I could,” researcher David Thaler of the University of Basel in Switzerland told AFP.
As Phys.org reported, the findings are “sure to jostle, if not overturn, more than one settled idea about how evolution unfolds.”
The research raised the possibility that a catastrophic event wiped out most of the life on Earth 100,000 to 200,000 years ago.
But Ham said the research affirms what Scripture says about life’s origins. Creationists believe the catastrophic event was the flood.
“Evolution doesn’t expect the vast majority of our species to have arrived at the same time, nor does it expect species to have these clear genetic boundaries,” he said. “But this is what we’d expect in a biblical worldview -- indeed it’s what creationists have been saying all along, although their timeframe of 100,000–200,000 years is inflated, due to evolutionary assumptions.”
Nathaniel Jeanson, who hold a Ph.D. from Harvard and is a research biologist at Answers in Genesis, added that “there's a great danger to the evolutionary model in this study in ways they don't quite realize yet.”
“The study suggests many, many species formed contemporaneously with modern human origins,” Jeanson said. “We know from mitochondrial DNA clocks that modern humans formed within the last 6,000 years. Therefore, this study implies that many, many species formed within the last 6,000 years.”
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Publication date: June 8, 2018