What Is the Scientific Model of Created Kinds?

The Scientific Model of created Kinds is defined as a set of testable hypothesis regarding the taxonomic relationships of plants and animals based on the core concept of limited ancestry. It contains specific ideas about form with limited variation in appearance, the definition and causes of speciation, expected appearance of genetic material, and a historical timeline including extinction events. There are variations of the model based on suppositions of young earth creationism, intelligent design, and theistic evolution.

There are actually multiple models of created kinds and they can differ a little or a lot from one another. In the venn diagram below, we can see that young earth creationism is one of the major categories for a model of created kinds. It can have significant overlap with the Intelligent Design model of created kinds, but very little overlap with the Theistic Evolution model of created kinds. All three contain the basic concept of a “guided process”. Even if we just focus on the young earth version of created kinds, there can be small variations between models.

Similarity of Models of Created Kind venn diagram

Therefore, to distinguish what I am about to present to you from other models, I will label this Elder’s Model of Created Kinds because this is the model that I am working with, using to make predictions, and testing. The differences from other young earth creationist models is largely the concepts I am personally developing and testing and hope to have further reviewed and accepted by the entire creation community in the coming months and years.

Elder’s Model of Created Kinds

  • Defined
  • A plant or animal group with:
  • – recognizable base form and structure
  • – limited variation in surface features over time
  • – reproductive discontinuity above group level
  • – reproductive continuity below group level
  • Form
  • Original Appearance
  • – separate and unique (no common ancestors)
  • – fully functional (no primitive ancestors)
  • – similarity in form / design due to similarity in function
  • Shape
  • – basic recognizable form does not change over time
  • – surface features change over time due to environmental acclimation
  • Taxonomic Comparison
  • – averages near family level
  • Speciation
  • Katagenos Species Concept
  • – set of reproductively connected characteristics producing a recognizable pattern
  • – habitats and geographical distribution can indicate boundaries
  • Heritage Mating
  • – can mate with same species
  • – potentially hybridize with other species within same kind
  • – preference for individuals with same / similar surface features
  • Extinction
  • – occurs when limited variability cannot meet needs of environmental acclimation
  • – both species and entire kinds
  • Genetics
  • Variation
  • – original kinds had broad genetic variability
  • – there is a limit to variation within a kind (no unlimited potential growth)
  • – no change of one kind into another kind
  • – genetic entropy is causing problems
  • Environmental Acclimation
  • – primary cause of speciation
  • – occurs rapidly due to selection of already existing genes
  • – speciation reduces genetic diversity
  • Timeline
  • Created Kinds appeared 6,000 years ago
  • Major aquatic extinction event 4,500 years ago.
  • – majority of fossil record produced
  • – afterwords, speciation rate initially rapid with gradual slowdown until today
Last Updated: 2018-07-22
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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