I ran across this last night as I was surfing the net and wanted to share it with everyone here because the state of preservation is so amazing that this dinosaur fossil looks like a statue. It shows every detail of the now extinct creature and gives us a really good look at what this species actually looked like.
The fossil is of an 110 myr Nodosaur commonly known as the “four legged tank.” It was discovered by a miner named Shawn Funk in Alberta, Canada at the Millennium Mine. It’s the most well preserved fossil of its kind ever found to date. It took researchers six years to get this thing out of the rock it was preserved in. Its skin and armor is completely preserved and is the best in the world according to the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology. Continue Reading
It’s the old debate! Creation vs Evolution! Both sides have merit in my opinion and both sides have faults in my opinion. So which is it?
I grew up in a religious family but I’ve never been a “Bible thumper” or “holy roller.” In fact, even growing up I thought there was something to evolution yet I believed God created everything in the universe including human beings. So I began to think about it for many years and here’s what I concluded….
I can’t help but notice in the Bible and especially in the Old Testament that God most often worked through nature. Very, very seldom has God done something outside of using natural events, things we might call “miracles” or “divine intervention.” Examples of God working through nature are things like the parting of the Red Sea, earthquakes, volcanic activity that results in fire raining from the sky, Noah’s flood, and, of course, the creation of Adam and Eve in the NATURE Garden of Eden. Frankly, the BIBLICAL evidence strongly suggests that God most OFTEN works through NATURE. Continue Reading
South America Primitive Monkey
How did monkeys get to South America? The evolutionary record of these monkeys has long been shrouded in mystery and now a new discovery of extinct monkeys from Peru may shed some light on their evolutionary saga.
The general hypothesis is that S.A. monkeys came from Africa but this has only been speculation with no real proof to support the hypothesis. Some scientists believe that South America used to be an island continent for millions of years and was, thusly, isolated from Africa. That may or may not be so, however.
Three new and extinct species of monkey have been discovered in the Peruvian Amazon and the discoverers are claiming that their discovery indicates strongly that S.A. monkeys came out of Africa. Back in 2010 the first monkey fossils were discovered in South America and it took scientist two years to realize what they were looking at. They finally realized the fossil remains were that of a primitive monkey. Tiny fossils associated with this find were further analyzed. This primitive SA monkey would have only been about the size of a modern squirrel but with a much longer tail and weighing only about 1/2 lbs (250 grams).
Of course, the Amazon region in South America is tropical and fossil finds in tropical regions are rare as environmental conditions in the tropics are not conducive for fossil formation. The oldest fossil remains of monkeys found in South and Central America date back to 36 mya but the finding of extinct monkeys now pushes that date back to 46 mya (million years ago).
The discoverers of these monkey fossils say that characteristics of the teeth in these three fossils are the first evidence that monkeys “actually managed to cross the Atlantic Ocean from Africa.” What? How’d they cross the Atlantic Ocean? Did they float across on branches or maybe they made boats? I’m sorry but that claim is a real STRETCH in my opinion!! Continue Reading
In our modern world TRUTH is often elusive! For every theory there is a contradictory theory. For every study there is an opposing study that seeks to disprove the previous study. How are we suppose to discern the truth with so many contradictions? I guess living in a world full of contradictions the best any of us can do is to decide truth for ourselves, that is, decide for ourselves what we believe to be true and what we believe to be untrue. So, then, truth is relative……….
With that in mind allow me to pose some questions. In anthropology there are two types of extinction. There is Biological Extinction and Functional Extinction. A species is said to be biologically extinct when there are no living specimens of a species. A species is said to be functionally extinct when there is a small population surviving but breeding on any significant scale is unlikely or no longer possible at all. The Coelacanth was once thought to be biologically extinct as we only found them in the fossil record. But, then, in 1938 a very much alive specimen was caught in South Africa and since that time many more have been caught or observed. So the Coelacanth went from being biologically extinct to being functionally extinct as although they still survive today they are rare.
Actually, when it comes to aquatic creatures I know of at least 10 prehistoric fish that should be extinct but are NOT. As mentioned, the Coelacanth is one of them. It is perhaps the most famous living fossil and it is also the prime example of something known as the LAZARUS TAXON, which is, animals that are suppose to be extinct are unexpectedly found to be very much alive! The Coelacanth was suppose to go extinct during the Cretaceous Period along with the dinosaurs but one was caught in 1938 off the coast of South America and since then many more have been caught and observed. For a long time native peoples and fishermen reported sightings of this supposedly extinct creature and they were often ridiculed and mocked for telling “tales and myths.” But in 1938 they were proved RIGHT and all of the soothsayers with PhD behind their names were proved WRONG! The Coelacanth was very much alive and is STILL very much alive today. But that’s not all. A SECOND SPECIES of Coelacanth thought to also be extinct was found off Indonesia in 1999! And these are no small creatures. On the average they are about 6 1/2 feet long (2 meters) and they are classified as predators as they feed on smaller fish and even sharks. Typically, they are found in deep and dark waters and it’s reported that they have a horrible taste when you try to eat one. Continue Reading
Relief carving from Angkor Wat Temple, Cambodia 1186 A.D.
There’s a new article up on the “Ancient Origins” website by April Holloway that is highly interesting. It concerns the dating of a Triceratops horn using C-14 dating and it is dated not at billions or millions of years ago but at only 33,500 years ago! That’s nothing short of astounding! So let’s take a closer look.
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Before I begin let me state a few things. I’ve always found it incredible (to say the least) when scientists date fossils at fantastic ages in the millions or more years. There has always been a question in my mind as to the accuracy of such dates. And then we have things like the footprints of dinosaurs and ancient humans found by Leakey in the Olduvai Gorge walking beside each other which is even more incredible. That find tells me that humans and dinosaurs DID coexist at some point but such evidence is summarily passed off by most paleontologists or simply not discussed. That’s ridiculous and that is NOT science! As I’ve said before, true science follows the evidence wherever it leads and if it obliterates someone’s bet theory then so be it. We must ask ourselves if our real interest is in science and evidence OR is our real interest in maintaining some ridiculously fantastic theory, funding, and teaching tenure? Sadly, I fear the later is the answer.
I don’t necessarily agree with the Creationists, but I don’t fully agree with the mainstream paleontologists either. Frankly, I feel both camps have some things a bit right and other things a bit wrong. I have found in my life that truth usually is not found at the extremes of a spectrum but that it is typically found in the middle. I really don’t care if new discoveries wreck someones theory or cost them their funding because we are suppose to be scientists and scientists are suppose to pursue truth no matter where that truth may lead. As scientists we must follow the chain of verifiable evidence! That should be the first rule of science. Continue Reading