Saturday, 25 February 2017

Weird Darwinian Story: Brightly Coloured Fruit Enabled Our Ancestors to See Colours

A recent Darwinian story features a rhesus macaque. Image courtesy of Einar Fredriksen, Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0).

Joel Kontinen

In Darwinian stories, the tail often wags the dog.

As the evolution of humans from ape-like creatures is dogma, Darwinists credit evolution for most if not all similarities we have with apes and monkeys.

The latest story features colour vision in us and in rhesus macaques. It is based on observing these monkeys in the wild.

An article in Science explains:

A common genetic variation makes some females have three types of cone cells and others have two. Studies with captive macaques has shown that trichromatic females are faster than their dichromatic peers at finding fruit.”

The article moves quickly from fact to fiction: We have colour vision because some macaques evolved this trait.

What these stories never include are our unique traits.

While apes might be good at swinging from trees, they could never run a marathon.

Unlike us, they were never created in God’s image to walk and run upright on two feet.

Unlike apes, we have a chin, and the golden ratio in us speaks of ornate design that cannot be explained away by Darwinian mechanisms.


Price, Michael. 2017. You can thank your fruit-hunting ancestors for your color vision.. Science (19 February),