Wednesday, February 24, 2010         No. 1002



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Fossil Finds Intrigue Scientists

"And God created great whales, and every living creature that moves, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind..."  Genesis 1:21a   KJV ER

A few years ago, soft bodied sea creatures, such as sea anemones and jellyfish, have been found petrified in abundance in China's Yunnan Province.  This find excited geologists because boneless creatures usually rot away quickly and only fossilize under rare conditions.  The deposit was especially remarkable because whole jellyfish and anemones have been found complete with tentacles and nerve cords.  Researchers from the University of Montana wanted to analyze the mineral mixture around the fossils to find out what caused their amazing preservation. 

The evolutionary model of origins dates these rare fossils to the Cambrian period about 525 million years ago.  Paleobiologists, however, do not understand how fully formed, delicate and complex life appeared in the fossil record with little sign of evolutionary development.  "Multi-cellular life just filled up the sea very suddenly," said UM geologist George Stanley.  Researchers hope to discover more clues about the development of sea life through China's rich fossil deposits.  At the same time, the so-called "Cambrian explosion" fits the biblical creation model of origins.  According to Genesis 1, God created all sea life on Day 5, fully formed and ready to reproduce and fill the oceans.



What About Ancient Kennewick Man?

"So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth..."  Genesis 11:8a   KJV ER

In July of 1996, the skull and hipbone of an ancient Washingtonian were put on display in Seattle on Sunday.  Discovered on the banks of the Columbia River in south central Washington State, Kennewick Man has been the source of a lot of controversy.  Local Native American tribes have sought to bury the remains, while scientists have longed to study the extremely old bones.

From measurements of the skull, anthropologists argue that the bones do not belong to a member of any local or historic Native American tribes, but may be from an Asiatic explorer.  They would like to find genetic material for DNA tests, but do not currently have permission to probe for samples.  Using a CAT scan to catch every lump and crack of the original, experts created a high-tech plastic reproduction of certain parts of Kennewick Man.  These clear plastic models were unveiled in Seattle by a group of scientists who have been studying the find.  The model even shows a stone spear tip healed over in the man's hip.

Early carbon dating tests placed the bones at between 8,000 and 9,300 years in age.  "That's unacceptable," said University of Wisconsin geochemist Thomas Stafford, who wants to do another round of tests.  "We really don't know how old this skeleton is."  Through further study, the scientists hope to determine what Kennewick Man ate, (his teeth are worn down to the nubs), and how he died.  

From the time of the Tower of Babel, humans spread out over the earth. They traveled to every continent and even to remote islands in the ocean. Amazingly, a large number took with them the story of a great Flood that covered the earth.  Did Kennewick Man come from Central Asia, and how long ago did he come to the Washington state area?  Through further testing, scientists hope to offer insight into the history of Kennewick Man and the first people to reach North America thousands of years ago.



Flood Legends From Around the World

Native global flood stories are documented as history or legend in almost every region on earth.  Old world missionaries reported their amazement at finding remote tribes already possessing legends with tremendous similarities to the Bible's accounts of the worldwide flood.  In H.S. Bellamy's Moons, Myths and Men, estimates that altogether there are over 500 Flood legends worldwide.  Ancient civilizations such as China, Babylonia, Wales, Russia, India, America, Hawaii, Scandinavia, Sumatra, Peru, and Polynesia, all have their own versions of a giant flood.

These flood tales are frequently linked by common elements that parallel the Biblical account including the warning of the coming flood, the construction of a boat in advance, the storage of animals, the inclusion of family, and the release of birds to determine if the water level had subsided.  The overwhelming consistency among flood legends found in distant parts of the globe indicates they were derived from the same origin, the Bible's record, but oral transcription has changed the details through time.

Perhaps the second most important historical account of a global flood can be found in a Babylonian flood story in the Epic of Gilgamesh.  When the Biblical and Babylonian accounts are compared, a number of outstanding similarities are found that leave no doubt these stories are rooted in the same event or oral tradition.



Evolutionist Quote of the Month

"The absence of fossil evidence for intermediary stages between major transitions in organic design, indeed our inability, even in our imagination, to construct functional intermediates in many cases, has been a persistent and nagging problem for gradualistic accounts of evolution."

Stephen Jay Gould (Professor of Geology and Paleontology, Harvard University), "Is a new and general theory of evolution emerging?" Paleobiology, vol. 6(1), January 1980, p. 127

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