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FOSSIL FIND A TRIPLE TREAT
has been found in Germany. Dubbed the ‘nesting doll’ fossil, it’s
a juvenile snake (Palaeopython fischeri) with its meal of a lizard
(Geiseltaliellus maarius), which in turn had consumed an as yet
unidentified insect. A paleontologist who studied the fossil spoke of
“pure astonishment” at the discovery. Another researcher said: “This
fossil is amazing. We were lucky men to study this kind of specimen.”
In speculating on how the remarkably preserved fossil formed,
the report claimed that 48 million years ago, the area was “a volcanic
lake with toxic waters and sporadic asphyxiating clouds of carbon
dioxide”. But such theories do not explain the fact that all three
creatures are readily identifiable, so the preservation had to happen
before the two prey species could be digested. This strongly indicates
sudden burial, which would also protect from scavengers and decay.
It’s not the first such find of ‘three-in-one’ fossils. In 2008,
researchers revealed a shark with an amphibian in its digestive tract
that contained fish remains. Such fossils and countless others are
better explained by a catastrophic event such as Noah’s Flood.
Smith, K. T. and Scanferla A., Fossil snake preserving three trophic levels and
evidence for an ontogenetic dietary shift, Palaeobio Palaeoenv 96( 4): 589–599, 2016.
Kriwet, J. et al., First direct evidence of a vertebrate three-level trophic chain in the
fossil record, PNAS B 275(1631):181–186, 2008.
ADZES TRADED ACROSS THE OCEANS
Islands seem to confirm theories that about nine centuries ago Polynesians were
regularly sailing thousands of kilometres around what is now known as Oceania.
There seem to have been deliberate journeys of colonization with repeated subsequent
Culturally and economically important artefacts, such as stone adzes (illustrated) were
traded with various islands, including those in the Samoa and Marquesas archipelagos up to
2,400 km (1,500 miles) away, indicating an “integrated society” despite the great separation.
All of this, particularly the high levels of seafaring and navigation skill required, well fits
the biblical model of the post-Flood spread of intelligent people across the globe after the
Tower of Babel dispersion.
Sailors leave ancient ‘fingerprints’ across Polynesia, uq.edu.au, July 2016.
Weisler, M.I. et al., Cook Island artifact geochemistry demonstrates spatial and temporal extent of pre-European
interarchipelago voyaging in East Polynesia, PNAS 113( 2):8150–8155, July 2016 | doi: 10.1073/pnas.1608130113.
Drawing of the fossil, overlaid on a photograph. The lizard
(orange) in the stomach of the snake (white) with the insect
(blue) inside the lizard.
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