Introduction to Baraminology

Baraminology is defined as the study of Created Kinds and more generally refers to the classification of plants and animals from a Creationist viewpoint. The field of Baraminology makes an attempt to determine what the original created kinds were as well as connect different species within a kind today. One method of this work deals with reproduction, which is a very strong indication that two plants or animals are related. A second method is statistical analysis of characteristics of the plants or animals to determine if they are similar.

Finding the Limits of Baramin

The field of Baraminology works to determine and define sets of Basic Kinds. Much of the work examines reproduction with an emphasis on hybridization. When this information is not available (such as for fossils) statistical analysis of characteristics is used to determine similarity and discontinuity between kinds. A classification system, built on the concept of basic kinds, is being produced by Todd Elder.

Defining Species and Kinds

Comparing and contrasting various definitions of species and species concepts with an emphasis on the Katagenos Species Concept.

Defining Baramin

Baraminology is defined as the study of Created Kinds and generally refers to the taxonomic studies made within a creationist framework. The field of Baraminology makes an attempt to determine what the original created kinds were as well as connect different species within a kind today. One method of this work deals with reproduction, which is a very strong indication that two plants or animals are related. A second method is statistical analysis of characteristics of the plants or animals to determine if they are similar. The statistical approach is not as strong for evidence, but is especially useful in working with fossils.

Hybrid Plants and Animals Display Variation within a Kind

The amount of variation that can occur within a single kind is somewhat surprising. Hybrids that are witnessed between species and genera give strong examples of what is possible. These hybrids will typically have a unique appearance which shows characteristics of both of the parents since they have genetic information from both of them.

Living Fossils

An increasing number of animal and plant species, that supposedly went extinct millions of years ago, are found alive and in the same shape as the fossils for which they are known. This is evidence that the earth is young and evolution is not taking place.

Do Transitional Species Exist?

The great quest of those who support Evolution is to find transitional species – those which show intermediate forms between one type of plant or animal and another type. Many fossils have been suggested as doing this, but none seem to hold up to scrutiny.

Taxonomy of Baramin

Classification Systems

Comparing and contrasting various classification systems with an emphasis on the Natanzera Classification system.

Animal Taxonomy and Classification

Animals are defined as: having eukaryotic cells (with a nucleus), heterotrophic ingestion (ingests food rather than producing it), and lacking cell walls (the cells can join together to form tissues, organs, and systems).

Plant Classification

Plants are typically defined as multi-cellular organisms which lack locomotion and have eukaryotic cells, cell walls, and chloroplasts which allow for photosynthesis. It contains spore, cone, and flower producing organisms.

Fungus Classification

Fungus are spore producing items which include mushrooms, yeast, and molds. They do not produce their own energy through photosynthesis, but instead derive nutrients from the organic matter of plants and animals. They can be unicellular, multi-cellular, or even multi-nucleated.

Prokaryote Classification

Prokaryotes do not contain a nucleus.

Last Updated: 23/12/2015
Todd Elder

Todd Elder

Todd Elder has a deep desire to understand and experience Creation. As a Baraminologist, his current research includes developing the Katagenos Species Concept, the Natanzera Classification System, and the Floral Formula Method of determining Plant Kinds. As an author and speaker, his books and seminar materials are designed to encourage a growing relationship with the Creator.
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