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What is it? It’s a banana. Why does it look so odd? This is a wild banana.
‘Hang on’, I hear you say, ‘I’ve eaten bananas and they look nothing like that’. You’re sort of right.
True wild bananas originally looked like the one in this photo but about 8 millennia ago humans domesticated bananas and began a process of artificial selection to produce the tastiest most edible fruit.
The seeds of the original banana are inedible and the flesh is quite hard making it quite difficult to eat, however the banana you’ll find in the supermarket is a seedless triploid*, an asexual clone with no seeds and soft flesh. These clones can’t reproduce naturally in the wild so are reliant on humans to be produced.
Some creationists attempt to use the banana as proof of an ‘intelligent designer’ by saying that a higher being ‘designed’ a banana to be easy to eat for humans (size, shape and ease of eating). Clearly using a domesticated banana for this purpose is a flawed strategy.
Many of the foods we eat have been domesticated in this way (corn is another good example, look it up).
*Triploid - Has three sets of chromosomes rather than the usual two. It’s pollen is not fertile and can’t reproduce naturally.