“Humanity has been curious about the giraffe’s long neck since time immemorial. Although it is very likely that this unusual phenotype contributed to the survival of that species, there is as yet no molecular or genetic explanation for it.”

Mitchell A. Lazar, Science, vol. 307, p375, 21 January 2005.

Editorial Comment: Lazar’s comment is simply another way of expressing something Creation Research has being saying for many years – survival of the fittest does not explain arrival of the fittest. Explaining why a characteristic enables a living creature to live and reproduce in a particular environment does not explain how it acquired the characteristic in the first place. Darwin proposed a theory that giraffes developed long necks to feed from treetops when grass was scarce. Stephen Gould proposed that the long neck was for male combat and also enabled the animal to spot predators far off. But, until evolutionists can come up with a mechanism that explains how changes in the environment (e.g. decrease in grass, increase in predators) result in useful changes in genes and cellular processes, the theory of evolution by natural selection is based on wishful thinking not fact. (Ref. mammals, evolution, origins)