Weird and Wonderful! The Woodpecker

WoodpeckerIf you ever watched a man with a road drill breaking up the road, you will have noticed that the point of the drill was banging at the road surface very fast, gradually chipping away at the tarmac. If the man using the drill was to rest his head on the top of the drill whilst he was using it, he would not last very long, for his brain could not stand the vibration.

Did you know that the woodpecker uses its bill like a road drill? It hammers away at trees at the rate of 8 or 10 beats a second! It can make holes in the hardest wood - even in concrete, yet it does all this without damaging its brain. How is this possible?

The woodpecker survives this head-bashing because its head is designed in a very special way. Just as motor cars have shock-absorbers between the wheels and the car body, so that the car itself does not get shaken to pieces over rough roads, the woodpecker, too, has its own shock-absorber.

In most birds, the bones of the bill are joined to the bones of the cranium - the part of the skull that surrounds the brain - but in the woodpecker, the cranium and bill are separated by a sponge-like tissue that takes the shock each time it strikes its bill against a tree. The woodpecker's shock-absorber is so good that scientists say it is far better than any that man has invented, and they may be able to learn how to make better shock-absorbers by studying the way the woodpecker's head and bill are designed.

Actually, the woodpecker has another specially designed feature which gives added protection to its brain. It has special muscles which pull its brain case away from its bill every time it strikes a blow!

The woodpecker's design presents a great problem to those who believe in Evolution, for how could the woodpecker possibly have evolved its special shock-absorbers? If it had started out without them, then all the wood­peckers that were alive would have beaten out their brains long ago - and there would be no woodpeckers left in the world now! And if there had ever been a time when woodpeckers did NOT drill holes in trees, they would not have needed the shock-absorbers anyway!

The woodpecker must have had its special design right from the start, and this means it must have been created; it could NOT have come by Evolution. God designed woodpeckers to drill holes in trees. He knew that they would need their heads specially designed if they were to survive this continual head-bashing, so He provided them with these wonderful shock-absorbers. God made them like that in the very beginning. So next time you hear a woodpecker drumming away at a tree-trunk, imagine it is drumming out 'God made me this way'.

by Geoff Chapman

Source: 'Creation Ex-Nihilo: Our World'