Bioluminescence: Support for Evolution?

bioluminescent marine animals

Dear hijas,

Though research on bioluminescence recently garnered a Nobel Prize, the phenomenon is still poorly understood, according to a new paper reviewing recent discoveries about bioluminescence’s benefits, its evolution, and the surprising diversity of ways plants and animals generate glowing substances.

The above quote is from a National Geographic article on bioluminescence. Notice the phrase “the phenomenon is still poorly understood”. What? I thought evolution was supposed to be able to explain it all. How did an organism ‘evolve’ the ability to produce its own light? Answer: scientists poorly understand it. What an understatement.

2 Darwin Tree of Life

The reason they ‘poorly understand it’, and what they don’t tell you, is that they can’t make their supposed ‘tree of life’ work very well from a supposed common ancestor who first evolved bioluminescence and then supposedly should have passed it along. They assume a tree of life and assume there should be a natural pattern that can be detected, but what they find is that bioluminescence is scattered haphazardly among dozens of totally different life forms.

The list of bioluminescent creatures includes bacteria, fungi, jellyfish, sea worms, sea slugs, clams, squid, roundworms, beetles, isopods (an order of crustacean that includes woodlice and pillbugs), ostracods (a class of crustacean sometimes known as seed shrimp), copepods (small crustaceans found in the sea and nearly every freshwater habitat), shrimp, centipedes, millipedes, sea stars, crinoids (sometimes called ‘sea lilies’), fish, sharks, tunicates (marine filter feeders), and many other less familiar living things.

Evolutionists organize all of these basic forms into the preconceived tree of life, yet admit that:

The distribution of bioluminescence across the major taxonomic groups does not appear to follow any obvious phylogenetic or oceanographic constraint. (Haddock, S.H.D., M.A. Moline, and J.F. Case. 2010. Bioluminescence in the Sea. Annual Review of Marine Science. 2 (2010): 443-493)

There is a huge mismatch between theory and reality here. They must cling to the unlikely conclusion that bioluminescence has evolved 40-50 times among extant organisms. A question that immediately comes to mind is “If bioluminescence evolved so often in the past, then why is it not evolving today?”


What better explanation, in remembering the Creator-creature distinction, that it was the Creator who built bioluminescence into just those creatures He wished. It is Christ Himself in His work of creation (John 1:3, Colossians 1:16) who should get the credit, and not the non-directed blind chance of evolution.

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Vaya con Dios mis hijas,

Dear ol’ Dad


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