Exactly right. Creationists should be able to find bottlenecks in every species of plant and animal dated to the same time-frame, ie the flood.
quote:I don't know if domestication and human breeding would upset such calculations - perhaps we would need to select cells from uncontrolled groups like wild birds. Would this be a sensible, credible and practical experiment?
On the scale like that of the flood, I don't see how human activity could skew the data.
Definitely a credible experiment. Wonder why the creationists haven't already carried it out? It would prove their point once and for all, after all.
quote:Originally posted by Mammuthus: Actually, out of curiosity, can anyone find a single example of a species that has been identified where the genetic bottleneck dates back to 6000 years ago? There may be but it is nothing I have looked for or seen widely reported.
Ah... and that is exactly my point. Why bother with analyzing every species when you can't find even a few?
Conversely, even one species that does not show such a bottleneck derails the whole thing.
quote:Originally posted by Me: By the way, the link you provided to the Menotti-Raymond, M. and O’Brien, S.J. paper does not work for me. I have tried unsuccessfully to find another - is there one you know?