Bird Singing

Bird voice box is unique, according to ScienceDaily 24 September 2018 and Science (AAAS) News 5 October and PNAS published online 24 September 2018, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1804586115.

Reptiles, amphibians and mammals produce sounds in the larynx – a structure in the throat at the top of the trachea (windpipe), but bird sounds are produced in a structure named the syrinx, which is located at the base of the trachea, deep in the chest.  A group of evolutionary biologists, have examined the tracheas of birds, crocodiles, salamanders, mice, and cats in an attempt to see how the syrinx evolved, and concluded “the voice box evolved only once, and that it represents a rare example of a true evolutionary novelty.”

The research team suggest the syrinx evolved from expansion of cartilage supports in the place where the trachea divides into two bronchi – the tubes that convey air into each lung.  According Science News “This expansion may have initially provided additional support for the split in the windpipe; eventually, it developed rings of muscle that enabled the complex avian sound repertoire heard today.  Over millions of years, the syrinx took over sound production from the larynx, possibly because the syrinx was more versatile at producing a wide variety of sounds.”

Chad Eliason, a researcher at Chicago’s Field Museum, who was involved in the study, commented, “We don’t know where that organ came from, how and why it evolved.”

Links: Science, ScienceDaily

Editorial Comment:  Here is another example of the evolutionist theory failing science.  Hate to remind us of the old problem so commonly ignored, that a partly formed syrinx would be no use to any creature that had a functioning sound-producing larynx. There could be no selective advantage in having a syrinx until it is fully functional.  However, the function of the syrinx, along with the muscle control needed for bird song, is too complex for even the most dedicated evolutionists to believe it came about all at once.

Now let us consider the bird syrinx according to what Genesis tells that  God created birds according to their kinds, as fully functioning creatures on the fifth creation day, before he created amphibians, reptiles and/or mammals.  Therefore, there is no point wasting time studying crocodiles, salamanders, mice, or cats to find out where the bird syrinx came from.  All observations we have of birds, including one fossil bird whose syrinx has been preserved support the fact that the syrinx was created as a fully functional organ in fully functional birds (See our report Oldest Bird Vocal Organ)

Scientists should stop wasting time, effort and taxpayers’ money doing evolution-based research, and making up useless stories such as the one quoted above.  They should start studying the Creator’s world, learn how it works, and give Him the honour He deserves.

Evidence News vol. 18 No. 15
31 October 2018
Creation Research Australia

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