Breaking Dollo’s Law

Do evolutionists believe that life always becomes more complex and sophisticated? Does evolution ever go backward?

In 1893 a man named Dollo proposed a law that has become a cornerstone of evolutionary belief. Dollo’s law says that evolution always goes uphill toward more specialization. It never goes backward. This means that the higher we go up the evolutionary ladder of development, the more development we should see in at least one, if not more, parts of a creature. On the other hand, creationism says that the Creator made each kind of animal distinct for different reasons. Because of this, so called lower animals might have more highly developed cells or organs than so called higher animals.

Now let’s test these two conflicting claims and see which one fits what we find in the real world. Which view is supported in studies comparing the muscle tissue of the horseshoe crab, a very early creature according to evolution, with the rabbit, a comparatively late creature? Studies show that the protein structure of horseshoe crab muscles is more complex than in rabbits or, in many instances, even humans.

These facts should help Christians feel a little less intimidated by evolutionists who claim that evolution is a fact of science. One of the most basic laws of evolution fails to stand up to testing.

Proverbs 28:1
“The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.”

Father, I confess that I am too easily intimidated by human values like educational degrees. Forgive me for the sake of Jesus Christ and what He has done for me, and fortify me with the boldness of faith to speak a clear witness to Your truth. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Photo: French-born Belgian paleontologist Louis Dollo (1857-1931).

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