Lime-Green Blood Thanks to Evolution Gone Weird?

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We typically think of blood as red, but six species of lizard in Papua New Guinea bleed green, not red. This green blood is due to high concentrations of the waste product bile—40 times the amount that would kill a human. The blood also makes their tongues, bones, muscles, and the inside of their mouths green.

A new study claims this bright green blood evolved four times throughout these lizard species, which have all been placed in the same genus. It’s still unsure why having green blood is an advantage, but researchers believe it might help protect the lizards against malaria.

One researcher says, “Evolution can do amazing things given enough time. . . . The natural world is a fascinating place.” But is this really an example of evolution?

When looking at studies such as this one that claim evolution is responsible for what we’re observing, we must remember that this is merely an interpretation of the evidence. It’s an interpretation offered up by those who believe in molecules-to-man evolution and who are actually imposing their beliefs on the evidence. These researchers didn’t observe these lizards evolving from a non-lizard. Lizards remain lizards, albeit with some unique characteristics. Instead of looking at this study through the lens of an evolutionary worldview, let’s look at it through the perspective of a biblical worldview.

On day six of creation week, God created lizards to reproduce according to their kinds. Since these lizards all belong to the same genus, they are likely part of the same created kind (the biblical “kind” is usually on the level of family, which is directly above genus, in our modern system of classification). Perhaps God created this lizard kind with green blood from the beginning, or maybe he gave this kind the information and ability to withstand large amounts of bile to protect them from malaria-carrying insects that wasn’t expressed until after the fall. Regardless, we know this lizard didn’t evolve from something else, nor is it evolving into anything.

When evolutionists observe the traits of organisms, they chalk both similarities and differences up to “evolution,” even though it is usually created genetic diversity, involving natural processes like natural selection, genetic drift, etc. Both genetic diversity and natural processes allow organisms to thrive in an ever-changing world and settle into different ecological niches. This ability is there due to already existing genetic information. That’s actually the opposite of evolution—no new information has been gained, which evolution requires.

This study doesn’t show evolution—it’s a fascinating look into one of the kinds God created. Lizards produce lizards and they always will.

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