Friday, 2 September 2016
Darwin’s Abominable Mystery Is Good for Us
Charles Darwin called the origin of flowering plants an abominable mystery that was difficult to account for by his theory.
Flowers do appear suddenly and fully formed in the fossil record. Even the earliest flowers look very modern.
Flowers need pollinators and pollinators need flowers. Evolutionists might need to invoke co-evolution, mutualism or symbiosis, but flowers are nevertheless beautiful, and many insects do a good job in helping them spread.
A recent paper in Nature concludes that the more variety in flowers (and insects) there is in a meadow, the more beneficial it is for us.
Science Daily summarises the findings of the research:
“The more it swarms, crawls, flies the better it is, say scientists. A diverse ecosystem populated by many species from all levels provides higher ecosystem services. Even rather unpopular insects and invisible soil-dwelling organisms are important.”
They are good for our health.
Reminds us of the very good world of Genesis.
Technical University of Munich (TUM). 2016. Flowering meadows benefit humankind: Greater biodiversity in grasslands leads to higher levels of ecosystem services. Science Daily. (17 August).