Speciation and Evolutionary Change

A species is most generally defined as a group of animals that can interbreed. Speciation, or the formation of new species, happens when a few members of a specie become reproductively isolated, thereby preventing mating. The new isolated population can adapt (not to be confused with evolution, whichneeds new information!) to combat new environmental pressures. This can cause the new population to be unable to interbreed with the parent population. And so a new species is formed.

One only needs to perform a quick internet search to bring up many examples of speciation.

Does this Prove Evolution?

This is the common misconception about evolution. Evolution is not about the creation of new species, but the addition of new information. Only with a net gain in new information can microbes possibly evolve into man.

Since speciation can, and always does, occur by a loss or recombination of information, it is not synonymous with evolution.

What about Creation?

If new species can form, doesn’t this disprove the biblical concept that kinds don’t change? Of course not. The Bible refers to groups of animals as kinds, not species. The Biblical kind almost always includes many different species within it.

In fact, literal creationists are very excited about speciation. Examples of fast speciation show how the original parent animals within kinds could have diversified from the Ark 4,000 years ago into all of today’s species.

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