Man has only recently learned the danger of overexposure to ultraviolet radiation. It is now commonly known that excessive exposure to sunlight causes skin cancer and many other problems. Melanin is the pigment that turns human skin brown when it is exposed to the sun. Melanin protects skin from the damage caused by the sun's ultraviolet radiation. Mankind can adapt and stay out of the sun, but what about animals which don't know about this hazard?

Unlike most mice which are nocturnal, the African fourstriped grass mouse operates in the fierce equatorial sun and is exposed to powerful doses of ultraviolet radiation. Because this creature spends most of its life in the sun, the mouse not only has melanin-pigmented skin, but an additional melanin-pigmented layer between its skull and outer skin layer to provide additional protection. It was also discovered that white tent-making bats have similar protection on their skulls. These bats sleep during the day in a curled position that exposes their heads to the South American sun.

If God protects and cares for animals so meticulously, how much more He must care for mankind whom He created in His own image.

From A Closer Look at the Evidence by Kleiss, June 18.

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