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NOT OUT OF AFRICA OR EUROPE
evolution by claiming that the earliest prehuman arose in Europe, not
Africa. They based their hypothesis mostly on two fossils: a lower jaw
with teeth found in 1944 in Greece and an upper premolar tooth found
in 2009 in Bulgaria.
Their claim depends on the evolutionary ‘age’ they assigned to the
fossils—around 7. 2 million years, some 200,000 years earlier (older)
than the African story. It also depends on the size and shape of the
teeth, which they say are characteristic of human teeth.
Both fossils were found in sedimentary deposits that also
contained abundant fossil remains of land animals.
These fossils are explained by biblical events. The sediments were
deposited very late in Noah’s Flood. Animals and people, overwhelmed some six months earlier, as the Flood rose over all the earth,
floated in the water, disintegrated, and were buried as the waters had
almost completely receded. People did not evolve in Africa or Europe,
but emerged from Noah’s Ark about 4,500 years ago, after the floodwaters had gone down.
Pruitt, S., Did the first human ancestor emerge in Europe, not Africa?
Böhme, M. et al., Messinian age and savannah environment of the possible hominin
Graecopithecus from Europe, PLoS ONE 2017 | doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0177347.
Fuss, J. et al., Potential hominin affinities of Graecopithecus from the Late Miocene
of Europe, PLoS ONE 2017 | doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0177127.
TWISTS AND TURNS
event on a transparent block of plastic and, using high-speed diagnostics, saw it twist open
and snap shut at the point of the ‘fault’.
They concluded the process would be similar in a real earthquake particularly in thrust
faults which happen in ‘weak’ areas of the earth’s crust. In these situations, the pressure
build-up pushes the lower strata over the upper layer. An example of this was the magni-tude- 9 Tōhoku earthquake in 2011 that created a tsunami and caused widespread damage
Study of these incredible forces unleashed in earthquakes gives insight into the geological
forces released during the catastrophe of Noah’s Flood. The study also reminds us of the time
the earth suddenly opened, swallowed people, and closed again when the Israelites were in
the desert (Numbers 16: 31–34).
Earthquakes can make thrust faults open violently and snap shut,
caltech.edu, January 2017.
NEW ZEALAND GIVEN CONTINENTAL STATUS
size of greater India which they are calling the world’s eighth
continent, Zealandia (or Tasmantis).
Even though more than 90% of Zealandia’s 5 million km2
(1.9 million sq. miles) is now covered by water, researchers say
it meets all the criteria applied to Earth’s seven other continents.
These include being “elevated above the surrounding area with
a well-defined area and a crust much thicker than that found on
the ocean floor”.
The geologists say their finding “illustrates that the large
and the obvious in natural science can be overlooked”. The fact
that Zealandia has a continental shelf (see Continental Margin
article, pp. 42–45) indicates that it likely achieved its present
elevation after the Recessive stage of Noah’s Flood.
Mortimer, N. et al., Zealandia: Earth’s hidden continent, GSA Today
27( 3): 27–35, March/April 2017 | doi: 10.1130/GSATG321A.1.
AFP, Zealandia: Scientists say there’s an eighth continent underneath New
Zealand, 9news.com.au, February 2017.
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