According to the origins theory model used by creation scientists, emus, like all flightless, non-aquatic birds, originated in the Middle East and are the descendants of the two emus that were taken aboard Noah's Ark prior to the Great Flood. Also according to creation science theories, after the Flood, emus bred from the Ark passengers then migrated to Australia. There is debate whether this migration happened over land -- as it is thought that Australia was still for a time after the Flood connected to the Middle East before the supercontinent of Pangea broke apart -- or if they rafted on mats of vegetation torn up by the receding flood waters. The theory that God simply generated emus into existence there is considered by most creation researchers to be contra-Biblical.
- "How did animals get from the Ark to places such as Australia", Answers In Genesis
- "Pangea and the Flood", Apologetics Press