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Creatures That Defy Evolution ~ Part III

posted Jan 28, 2013, 2:13 PM by Grace Christian   [ updated Jun 12, 2014, 11:00 AM by Nate Mosley ]

Part III

One of the most amazing animals in God's creation is one that is best known for its construction abilities, the construction of dams specifically. Yes, I am talking about the beaver. Beavers are obviously air breathing animals that spend most of their time in the water. Because of this, it needs many special features that point toward our awesome Creator.

First off, the beaver has special valves in its ears and nose. When it dives below the surface of the water, the valves automatically close to keep any water from getting in. Then, when he decides to resurface, the valves open again allowing the air back in. This, however, is not the most amazing feature that he possesses.

Probably, the most amazing detail of the beaver's anatomy is its eyelids. If you've done any snorkeling or diving, you know that one thing you need for underwater exploration are goggles to keep out irritants and provide better sight. Do you think this was an ingenious man made invention? Think again. God designed beavers with built in goggles. Their eyelids are transparent, so they can close their eyes underwater and still see very well with no risk of underwater debris getting in its eyes.

The beaver has a flap on either side of its mouth, between the front incisors and the back molars that close of the mouth and allow for underwater chewing when retrieving food during the winter. When the pond is covered in ice, the beaver needs this feature in order to get his stored food without water entering into his mouth.

The beaver tail is a perfect rudder. It is a large paddle shaped tail that is covered with a scale-like skin that is perfect when it needs to swim with a branch in its mouth.

The fur of the beaver must be oiled to prevent water reaching the animal’s skin. The oil is provided from two large oil glands. They are filled with a rich, thick, deep yellow oily liquid, which the beaver spreads on its fur for water-proofing. This, along with its two layers of fur, is so effective that water rarely reaches the skin. A layer of fat beneath the skin gives further protection against the cold.

A beaver can swim submerged for perhaps 800 meters (a half-mile) or more. Most air-breathing creatures would be affected by lack of oxygen to the brain. The beaver has special equipment to compensate for this need. Large lungs and liver allow for the storage of more air and oxygenated blood. In addition, a beaver’s heart beats more slowly when it dives, in order to conserve oxygen, and the blood is restricted to the animal’s extremities while the vital supply to the brain remains normal.

All of this coupled with its amazing predator evading foot design and engineering skills show the beaver's wonderful design.  You can see how the beaver is just another example of an all powerful God, who carefully planned things out ahead of time. The great variety between its essential features, show that evolution over time through random chance and selection could not be the originator. Evolutionists undoubtedly chalked all of this up to adaptation and of course lots and lots of time. However, clearly all of the beaver’s equipment must be present and fully functional in the animal from the beginning for it to survive its semi-aquatic life-style. (Much of the information in this article came from Dennis Draves and his book, "Creation").