People like to group things together. In fact, Adam was the first person to organize things. In the Garden of Eden, one of the first things we are told he did was name the animals. Throughout history, man has followed Adam’s example and classified animals. However, the modern classification system was not developed until the 1700s. The original system was designed by a creationist and Christian named Carl Linnaeus. Linnaeus invented what we call binomial nomenclature. Binomial nomenclature is a fancy way of saying animals have two names, the genus and species name. As an example, the lion is called Panthera leo in binomial nomenclature. Before Linnaeus, creatures had been given names which described them but were so long that they were hard to use. By creating a classification system based on binomial nomenclature, Linnaeus made it much easier for scientists to know exactly what animal their colleagues were talking about at a glance.
However, when Darwin came along, the system began to change The system Linnaeus built was simply an ordered classification. People who believed in evolution changed how the system was interpreted. For example, evolutionists assume that, because dogs and cats are both carnivores, they must have had a common ancestor. To try to prove this, they attempt to use something called cladistics. Cladistics examines the traits of different organisms to try to determine if they are related. Think of it like grouping stickers based on their shape, then attempting to find a common ancestor for the shapes. Just because you can group stickers by shape does not mean they were made in the same factory, nor does it mean they share a common ancestor with glue just because both are sticky. The results of a cladistic study are shown as something called a phylogenetic tree, or tree of life.
Common traits are the result of a common designer.
Cladistics assumes that shared traits are evidence for a common ancestor. Of course, this is not the case. Common traits are the result of a common designer. By assuming that shared traits are evidence of evolution, cladistics actually introduces a problem called circular reasoning. It assumes common ancestry, then attempts to prove common ancestry by looking at traits it assumes came from a common ancestor. In other words, common ancestry is used to prove common ancestry!
Cladistics provides no evidence for evolution.
Some evolutionists actually recognize they have a problem. One called cladistics “untestable”2 while another pointed out that no phylogenetic tree that cladistics produces can be falsified.3 Falsifying something means that it can be disproved. Cladistics is not falsifiable since there is no known standard to compare it against. We are not seeing change from one kind into another happening in the present. According to evolutionists, evolution happens too slowly to observe. One evolutionist remarked, “Evolution has been observed. It’s just that it hasn’t been observed while it’s happening.”4 Obviously this is ridiculous. You cannot observe something before or after it happens. Testing and falsifying things are a key part of the scientific method. Since phylogenetic trees and cladistics do not meet those requirements, they can’t be good science. Cladistics provides no evidence for evolution.