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Have you ever hiked in a desert environment? Many years ago, our family vacationed in New Mexico and Arizona. Our longest hike was partway down a trail into the Grand Canyon, and back up. Rangers required hikers to carry water. I drank all of mine and wanted more after our three mile hike. Can you imagine plodding through desert dunes for 100 miles before taking a drink? No way, right?
Well, that’s what a camel can do. According to the booklet, Fascinating Creatures, a camel can carry 400 pounds 100 miles without consuming food or water. It utilizes the fat in its hump and storage chambers in the stomach to accomplish this. After eight days without water, a camel can suck up 27 gallons. Ten minutes after drinking, the stomach is empty. The camel is perfectly adapted to the desert environment. Nostrils close against flying dust. Their feet spread like snowshoes to support them on loose sand. Their eyes have special structures to protect the retina from glare and are shielded by eyelids with two rows of eyelashes. An inner eyelid also wipes grains of sand from the eye. A thick coat of hair insulates the animal.*
So, did camels evolve? The fossil record has no evidence of transitional animals. Camel fossils appear quite like modern camels, although some were about twice as big. Camels display the evidence of intelligent design. They are another reason to believe in God.
*Frank Sherwin, Brian Thomas, Jeffrey P. Tomkins, James J.S. Johnson, Scott Arledge, Fascinating Creatures: Evidence of Christ’s Handiwork, (Dallas, Texas: Institute for Creation Research, 2022), 27-29.
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