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    maybeeso in michigan

    A good number of creationists think that evolution means something like a cat giving birth to a dog. They just really don't get the incremental bit.

    I've had some success by giving examples of ring species. For example, a lizard in northern California diverged across the the coast and mountain regions. It met up again in southern California. While the members in southern California could interbreed with local populations all along their coastal or mountain routes, the two species that met in southern California could not. Two species with the same ancestor -- but different intermediate families -- were now isolated despite their shared geography.

    Replace space (coast/mountain) with time, and you see how evolution happens between (for example) humans and other chimps.

    If they don't find that argument at least interesting, it is time to move on. That's a lost cause.

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