Researching Creation

November 29, 2008

Biological Change / A Catalogue of Animal and Plant Baramins (Created Kinds)


Todd Wood just release a new monograph containing a whole bunch of data concerning created kinds, called Animal and Plant Baramins.  For those of you new to Creationism, a baramin is the Creationist term for a "created kind".  For those interested in exploring Creation systematics further, I will refer you to Wood and Wise's  A Refined Baramin Concept.

Anyway, this book is significant because it is the first large-scale treatment of what organisms belong with which created kind (again, for those who are new, Creationists believe that Created Kinds are larger than just "species", and usually estimate the Created Kind to be roughly equivalent with the family level of taxonomy).

Now, I have no first-hand information about the book - it just came out so I haven't read any of it yet, but I did talk with Todd about it at this year's BSG.  Based on that conversation, I'm pretty sure that most baramins in the book are defined using statistical baraminic concepts.  I'm not a big fan of statistical baraminology, and prefer hybridization experiments (obviously, however, that data is not available for fossil species).  In any case, this is a great start to our systematics work. 

Another thing that Todd told me is that ark-based animals have much less variability within baramins than non-ark-based animals.  This is quite interesting, since the ark-based animals would have a genetic bottleneck that wouldn't apply to non-ark-based animals.  I believe he also said that the distribution actually follows what would be expected from a Biblical timescale.

Anyway, I plan on purchasing this as soon as I have the funds, and for those into Creation systematics, I would suggest you do, too.