Today’s NZ Herald has this very sweet story, Is that a geep? Ewe must be kidding … it’s a shoat, about a geep, which is a cross between a sheep and a goat. This geep was born in a small town in Otago in New Zealand.
I am reminded again about the distinction between the “kinds” mentioned in Genesis and “species” .
The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. (Gen 1:12)
And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. (Gen 1:24)
When two species of plants and animals are able to occasionally form a hybrid, I believe, it is indicative of the fact that they have arisen from the same Genesis “kind”. Of course many species that have descended from a particular Genesis kind may not ever be able to form a hybrid; but when some do, it is something to remind us once again, not that there is any dearth for reminders, of God’s grand designs in this world that He created for us. Such thoughts might lead us to digress to the more profound matters of how we, the crown of creation, messed up and how God’s plan included redemption of the world through the atonement of Jesus on the cross.
When new species are formed, do we say that they have “evolved”? We have got to remember that evolution should involve an improvement, by way of addition of new genetic information, to the gene pool. You can read more about this in the article “Species” and “Kind” written by Dr. Gary Parker. It is good to know the difference because it will help you answer questions like Did Noah’s ark have room for a million species?.