CROCODILE EGGS FOUND IN DINOSAUR NESTS
Interestingly, in four
cases the eggs were found in theropod (e.g. Allosaurus) nests, suggesting some
sort of relationship.
Many of the eggs consisted of original eggshell material; the eggshell had
not been replaced with other minerals. Of one batch of 13 eggs found, the
authors say, “there is no evidence of recrystallization or replacement of the
original composition of the eggs”. This would not seem to be consistent
with the claimed evolutionary age of 150 million years.
Furthermore, the authors concluded that, “Additionally, we verified
and confirmed that the basic crocodiloid eggshell structure has shown
a morphological conservatism over a period of 150 Ma”. In other words,
the eggs were much the same as modern crocodile eggs.
Russo, J. et al., Two new ootaxa from the late Jurassic: The oldest record of crocodylomorph
eggs, from the Lourinhã Formation, Portugal, PLOS One, March 2017 | doi: 10.1371/journal.
See also creation.com/stasis.
Yet another example of creatures reproducing “after their kind”, i.e. stasis, rather
than changing into something else (that is, evolving).
DINOSAUR IMPRINT BEAUTIFULLY PRESERVED
believed to have been made by a Titanosaurus which could have been about 30 m (100 ft) long and 20 m (65 ft) tall. Not only
was the huge footprint—106 cm ( 41 in) long by 77 cm ( 30 in) wide—left behind, but also impressions of the titanosaur’s
claws, a very rare find.
The print is believed to have been made by the titanosaur on soft, muddy ground. Such prints typically don’t last very
long; it is believed that it was filled in by flowing sand which preserved it.
Fossil footprints such as this one can best be explained as having occurred at the time of the global Flood (Genesis 6–8).
Cycles of rapid sedimentation were followed by temporary brief drops in local sea level. These allowed swimming animals
that had not yet succumbed to the Flood to leave footprints on the fresh sediment, before another layer was quickly
deposited, filling and covering the imprint with further sediment. Without such rapid burial, the foot and claw impressions of
this magnificent animal would not have been preserved.
In some locations one can see the pattern from such cyclic sedimentation; repeating layers containing dino footprints are
separated from the one above or below it by several intervening ones supposedly representing ‘millions of years’. But what
is the probability of such a ‘repeat event’ occurring millions of years later in the same spot just once, let alone over several
successive periods of vast ages—especially when it involves, as it often does, the very same species of dinosaur?
Dinosaur footprint found in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert among world’s largest, researchers say, abc.net.au, October 2016.
Palazzo, C., Dinosaur footprint among largest on record discovered in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert, telegraph.co.uk, October 2016.
See also Michael Oard’s classic book Dinosaur Challenges and Mysteries.
LIMIT TO LIVING MUCH BEYOND 100
Recently, the last survivor from the 19th century died aged 117 years and 137 days: Emma Morano ( 29
November 1899 – 15 April 2017) from Italy. If you live to be 70, there’s a chance you’ll reach 100, but
there seems to be a limit to our lifespan not much beyond that, based on various data from 1900 onward
that showed longevity increased with year of birth. But, as a researcher pointed out: “The data shows that
we’re not very successful at keeping people alive over the age 100, and that suggests that there may be a
hard limit to human lifespan.”
Death at any age is of course related to the Curse on a once-perfect world, but the Bible also describes
very long lifespans before the Flood. Today’s lifespans have been increasing for centuries, with better
nutrition and sanitation, and medical advances, but this suggests that they are approaching a built-in limit.
Evidence has long suggested that limits on lifespan are strongly influenced by genetic factors, and two
factors are relevant to pre-Flood ages. First, they were living closer to the time of original
perfection, so harmful mutations had not been accumulating for as long (see creation.com/age-entropy).
Second, the drastic bottleneck at the Flood had to have meant the loss of some genes in the population,
which could well have included some related to longevity (see creation.com/long-lived).
Welch, A., Have we reached the natural limit to the human lifespan? cbsnews.com, October 2016.
Vijg, J. et al., Evidence for a limit to human lifespan, Nature 538(7623):257–259, October 2016 | doi: 10.1038/nature19793.
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