I called Zach over to the computer to read him an article on Nature News.
“Ancient bat flew without echolocation, ” the headline reads.
The most primitive bat ever discovered is finally being scientifically reported, years after the first fossil was found and snapped up by a private collector.
Bats are thought to have evolved from flightless tree-dwelling creatures, and also developed specialized echolocation to detect their small prey at night. Which came first has been a matter of some debate. “This tells us there was flight before echolocation,” says Nancy Simmons, the chief mammal curator at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. “So the question we have to answer now is: how did it catch its prey?”
“Ha!” Zach exclaims. “All bats don’t use echolocation.”
Precisely. At seven, he understands the implication from the title onward. The implication is that all bats use echolocation. If a bat is found to not use echolocation it is ancient.
“Flying foxes don’t use echolocation,” Zach continues, “and they’re alive today!” He went on to explain to me that evolutionists believe that bats evolved from a lemur-type animal. I didn’t know that, but I later looked it up (after he was in bed) and found he was right.
Now, for my favourite part. Read on.
The previous oldest bat found is from the same place and age as the new species, but the new find has more primitive features.
Let me get this straight. Both bats are the same age. One uses echolocation. One doesn’t. And this “This tells us there was flight before echolocation”? You lost me. Zach picked up on this too. He had a quizzical expression on his face……. “There supposedly the same age?” “Yep.” “And that tells they flew before echolocation…… and we still have bats without echolocation?” “Yep.”
Notice the assumptions that are made. By their own dating methods, both bats are the same age, yet they have jumped to the conclusion that the “primitive” bat came first, somehow, and that the other came later. And how about mentioning the “modern” bats that don’t use echolocation and giving us a comparison between them and this “ancient” bat? Do these modern bats have primitive features? And why do bats appear in the fossil record suddenly, as fully formed bats? There are no half bat, half lemur creatures in the fossil record. You’d think that after the millions of years it took for the lemur to conveniently mutate into a bat there would be at least one intermediate fossil to be found.
The photo caption for the article reads, “Fossils can shed light on when bats developed the ability to echo-locate.“ Unless speculation can be called shedding light, they’re still in the dark when it comes to bats.