Genomic Meltdown - The Final Blow to Woolly Mammoths
August 14, 2017
The article linked below describes what likely finished off the woolly mammoths. The article states, "a new study reveals the mammoths’ horrific final days: A series of harmful genetic mutations appears to have led to what authors call a “genomic meltdown” in the population".
The article states that "The researchers identified a series of major detrimental mutations in the Wrangel Island mammoth". Those include:
1. Altered genes likely led to the loss of a large number of olfactory receptors for detecting smells.
2. Suite of mutations would have reduced the number and variety of the animals’ urinary proteins.
3. Two peculiar mutations to a gene known as FOXQ1—well studied in rodents and rabbits—would have given the Wrangel Island mammoths a translucent, cream-colored, satiny coat. The hairs of its fur would have lacked an inner core, possibly robbing them of their insulating properties. Mice with this mutation also suffer from gastric irritation.
The article goes on to state, "Harmful mutations like these are predicted to build up in small, isolated populations that become inbred, a phenomenon called genomic meltdown, according to most evolutionary biologists. If your options for a mate are limited, you can’t be too choosy about undesirable genetic traits, so those don’t get weeded out. The Wrangel Island mammoths provide a rare opportunity to see that theory play out in a real population". It follows by stating, "their deteriorating genetics would have made it difficult for them to adapt to new social and environmental conditions".
The article ends on a laughable note when it states, "I think it’s a great example of what evolutionary theories would predict". This is laughable because this is exactly what microbe to man evolution would not predict! It predicts that random mutations will improve/evolve a species over time, but we see yet again that mutations degrade genetic information over time, not create it.
Evolution, like Creationism, believes in very small populations of species in the beginning. The question is why didn't they all have genetic meltdowns? The answer is found in the Bible. The Bible states that in the beginning all the Kinds were created genetically perfect. So inbreeding didn't have any effect. No mutations had built up in any species. It was only after generation and generation of accumulating mutations in the genome did inbreeding result in severe genetic effects. Evolution has no answer for this reality.
These mammoths were the victims of a degrading genome because of mutations. Mutations are the direct consequence of a degrading world that came about because man rejected God.
Click the image below to read a scientific article to support this statement.
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