The uniqueness of ruminants (Ruminantia) among the even-toed ungulates (Artiodactyla) Part II: Unique anatomical and physiological traits
Jean K. Lightner
In the creationist field of baraminology, one strategy for understanding relationships between creatures is to identify an apobaramin. An apobaramin is a group of organisms that are very distinct from all other organisms, such as chiropterans (bats) which are the only mammals capable of powered flight. In this two-part series we are proposing that ruminants form a clear apobaramin based on both molecular (part 1) and morphologic (here in part 2) characteristics. Many of the unique features of the ruminant stomach are discussed. Osseous headgear is also discussed, as well as its apparent loss from some ruminant families. Further important research necessary to determine if ruminants comprise a single or multiple created kinds is briefly outlined. Ruminants clearly reflect the glory of their Creator, who is all wise and provides for His creatures.