Bioluminescence. Evidence for evolution?

The process of making light from chemicals is called bioluminescence. The most common example is the light produced by fireflies. But there are dozens of vastly different creatures that have this ability. From single-celled organisms called dinoflagellates to glow worms found in caves; from deep-sea fish to googly-eyed glass squids; there is a vast array of creatures with an ability to mix varying forms of luciferin and luciferase to produce light at will.

It turns out that each of these creatures uses a slightly different variation of the key chemicals to produce light. One would think that closely-related organisms should have similar luciferins and luciferases, while creatures farther apart on the supposed evolutionary sequence would have many different versions of such chemicals. NO SUCH PATTERN EXISTS. Thus according to those who have extensively studied this subject, “bioluminescence is estimated to have evolved independently at least 40 times.”

It is difficult to believe that even one creature happened upon the ability to produce light by producing and mixing two complex chemicals. But to believe it happened independently 40 different times is beyond credibility. Furthermore, these chance happenings far exceed mankind’s ability to reproduce the same results. A firefly’s luminescence is 88% efficient, while the light produced by the best luminescence reaction developed by mankind is a mere 23% efficient.1

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

Psalm 38:4

References and Notes

  1. Malone, Bruce. Inspired Evidence: Only One Reality. Search For The Truth. Kindle Ed[]


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