Frogs of Madagascar
“And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.”
Madagascar is replete with many species of wildlife. Not the least of these are the many wonderful species of frog. About 350 species of frog live on the island, and one science website recently reported on five new species being discovered. The largest would fit comfortably on your thumbnail, while the smallest is the size of a grain of rice! The article suggests that the extreme miniaturization is a trait that had to evolve, and they suggest that it must have evolved separately on five different occasions, in five different regions.
What is especially fascinating about these little frogs is that they are vertebrates. So, even though they are much smaller than many insects, they have tiny little bones. Many people are particularly attracted to frogs, more than other animals, because their faces and feet resemble human faces and hands.
For several years, a research group under the auspices of Answers in Genesis has been estimating how many animals might have been aboard Noah’s Ark. It turns out to be a lot less than one might have expected. When it comes to the anura (the order containing frogs and toads), they have estimated there may have been 138 kinds. It appears that all those in Madagascar are of the same kind or baramin (mantellidae), so it is likely that miniaturization did indeed develop in Madagascar – but this would be by selection from genetic information already created by God, not by the random appearance of new information.
Prayer: We are amazed, Lord, that You care, even about the tiniest of miniature frogs – so how much more You care about us. Amen.
Author: Paul Taylor
Ref: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. “Five new frog species from Madagascar.” ScienceDaily, 28 March 2019.