National Geographic Says Plants Produced Hummingbirds

It always amazes me when evolutionists, who deny any intelligent Creator, continue to give decisions making intelligence to non-intelligent random evolution.

I recall watching a nature show about Africa some years ago and the narrator said that when animals began grazing on a certain species of plant, the plant responded by developing thorns to protect from the grazers. In response, the grazers developed thick skin on their tongues that became impervious to most of the thorns. With their thick-skinned tongues, they returned to grazing on the plants. The plants again responded, only this time they developed a toxin in their leaves. The grazers, responded by learning how to eat the younger leaves until they developed an immunity to the toxin. This was the current situation in the war between the plants and the grazers.

Through the entire narration, the evolutionist kept saying that the plants knew they had to do something to defend themselves, so they decided to evolve the changes. Likewise, the grazers also knew they had to adapt, so they consciously made decisions to evolve their changes to counter those of the plants.

It’s interesting how these same evolutionists deny an intelligent Creator God, and then turn around and give plants and animals the ability to make intelligent decisions to change their genetic code.

Another example was a special I watched on vanilla. Did you know the flavoring we know as vanilla comes from an orchid? The Aztecs in Mexico knew about the vanilla orchids and how to harvest their long bean-like pods, scrape out the tiny vanilla beans and use them for flavoring. When Europeans discovered Mexico and vanilla, they took the orchid plants back to Europe and could not get them to produce any pods with the flavorful seeds. They took a number of plants to Madagascar to cultivate in the warmer climate, but still could not get them to produce any vanilla beans. It wasn’t until it was discovered that one lone species of bee knew the secret of pollinating the vanilla orchid flowers. The flowers have a flap protecting the pistil and stamen inside the flower. The Melipona bee knew how to lift the flap enter the flower for the pollen to make its honey and thus fertilize the flower so that it would produce a bean. Once the secret was learned, vanilla orchids could be artificially pollinated, thus yielding a thriving vanilla business in Madagascar. How did this one bee know to it had to lift the protective flap when no other insect knew how? How did the vanilla orchid and the Melipona bee evolve at exactly the same time, as the story is told?

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Giving plants and animals the intelligence to purposely change their genetic code to evolve is common among many evolutionists, even though they deny doing it. National Geographic produces some great nature programs and are as guilty of this as anyone. One of my favorite is their program simply titled – Hummingbird. The photography of the different hummingbirds is spectacular and so are some of the statements. If you watch the video below, and I highly recommend you do, listen to some of these statements.

“Here, many plants employed hummingbirds as messengers, but this wasn’t the original contract. When flowers first evolved over 60 million years ago, there were no hummingbirds. The flowering plants depended on insects as their pollinators. Today, many plants still do…This was the original arrangement. The plant and insect relationship has been a long and successful one. But at some point, some plants dropped their insect messengers. The reason can be found in the forested mountains of South America. Here the mornings are cold and damp. Butterflies can’t fly in these conditions. Insects are cold blooded. Their bodies are the same temperatures as their surroundings, so they are lethargic in the cool of the morning. In the mountains, insects are unreliable messengers. There was a need for a safer pair of wings. We may never know for certain where this change of messengers took place but somewhere, perhaps on the ancient plateaus of Brazil, plants acquired a new partner. It probably happened about 50 million years ago. In the cool climate plants needed a reliable messenger and there was a bird that could fulfil that requirement. A bird that possibly looked like this saw-billed hermit found a new way of making a living. This ancestral hummingbird was most likely an insect and spider eater. Its heavy bill adapted for grasping its prey. At some point, the earliest hummingbirds started visiting flowers. Did they do it to extract insects from the blossoms? Perhaps, but as soon as the habit developed, then the birds could carry pollen from flower to flower and the first hummers could not only catch insects but also drink the nectar. The original hummingbirds, with their heavy bills were rather clumsy fliers, but this was the beginning of a long relationship with the plants. The birds evolved to better suit their new way of life. Over millions of years, bills became lighter and thinner to better probe the flower for nectar. To reach the flowers, they needed great flying prowess and the early hummingbirds became smaller and more agile than their ancestors. As well as thin bills, the birds developed long tongues to probe the flowers and sip the nectar. Reaching the nectar demands a huge amount of energy, and so, hummingbirds did everything to lower their weight. Their legs and feet became so small that they could no longer hop or walk, they could only perch, but they were already leading an extreme way of life, living on an energy knife-edge. For many millions of years, hummingbirds remained generalists, feeding from a wide variety of flowers and many plants took up with the new pollinators. Today, there are over 8,000 different kinds that depend on the birds. But there was a penalty to the new deal. The plants had to supply more food for their dependable warm-blooded messengers exactly for that reason. Warm-blooded birds use ten times more energy than the cold-blooded insects they replaced. A humming bird drinks more than its body weight in nectar each day and hummingbird flowers produce a copious amount of liquid to suit their messengers. It was thought that hummingbird plants produced orange and red flowers to attract their messengers, but the story is more intriguing than that. Bees are red-green color blind. The plants were hiding their precious nectar from insect robbers that can’t see the difference between red and green, whilst making it obvious for their feathered couriers. The hummingbirds, too, paid a price. To further protect their nectar from insects, plants made their flowers long and thin and placed them at the end of branches. Only an animal capable of precision flying could reach the flowers. Hummingbirds had to hover and that cost a great deal of energy. Input – high energy food, but to obtain it demands high energy output. Hummingbirds were forced into a precarious energy balancing act. Holding perfect position in space is a hummingbird trademark. No other birds can do it…”

Note how they guess and surmise as to what happened without any real evidence. Question how the plants managed to survive in the high mountains with unreliable insects and not the birds? Then note how the plants hid their nectar from insects as if they knew what they were doing. The plants seemed to intentionally develop long thin flowers just for the hummingbirds and then moved them to the ends of branches instead of along branches. I wonder how long it took all those plants to make that decision and then change their genetic code to make it happen? Then in response, hummingbirds were forced to lessen their body weight and chose to make their legs and feet smaller. They also had to develop longer and thinner bills with which to reach the nectar in the longer and thinner flowers. So, which came first, the longer thinner flowers or the longer thinner bills?

The entire narrative is nothing more than a fairytale based upon beliefs in ‘perhaps’ and ‘what ifs’. Basically, they are saying that the flowers who moved to the higher elevations made hummingbirds because insects were not reliable under those conditions.

Folks, this is NOT science. It is conjecture based on a belief system that is constantly changing, but never proven. As you watch the rest of this video and many nature shows in the future, listen and you will her many more fairy-tales on how someone thinks things happened. But make note that they are only fairy-tales and NOT fact, even though they are presented as fact.

 

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