Intelligent Design

But how do frog dads know how to look after tadpoles?

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If it’s okay to question Darwin-only evolution scenarios, here’s a good one:

After poison frog tadpoles hatch from their eggs in the leaf litter, they wriggle onto the backs of their patiently waiting fathers, who piggyback them to water. Scientists studying the candy-colored amphibians, sometimes called poison dart frogs, in the Amazon rain forest recently discovered that frog dads often skip close-by ponds in favor of something more distant—a move that expends precious energy. Sometimes they traveled as far as 400 meters, scientists reported in July in Evolutionary Ecology. “It’s actually quite the journey,” says study author and biologist Andrius Pašukonis of Stanford University…

Despite the energy cost and higher risk of meeting predators, dropping young tadpoles in faraway pools may offer evolutionary benefits such as decreased risk of inbreeding and less competition for resources, Pašukonis says. But it is difficult to say what exactly motivates the frogs themselves to go farther, notes neurobiologist Sabrina Burmeister of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who studies poison frog cognition but was not involved in the new research. J

Jennifer Leman, “Poison Frog Fathers Ferry Their Tadpoles Great Distances” at Scientific American

But how do the daddy frogs know to do this? It’s not enough to say that it benefits their offspring. What is the exact mechanism by which they learned to carry out this process?

A word processor would have benefited Shakespeare. Why didn’t he have one? Because no one had the information to produce one, right?.

So what is the specific means by which an intellectually underendowed life form like the frog has enough information to do this stuff? This isn’t fight, flight, or freeze. It is a complex program. How does it come to be there?

In this case, the researchers are honest enough not to just start emitting Darwinblather. They admit we don’t really know. That is a good beginning. Because we don’t.

See also: Frogs did not do what evolutionary biologists told them they should

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