“. . . the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.”
Listeners will know that fossil bones of some dinosaurs show that they were truly huge. In the same way, some of the flying reptiles, such as Pteranodon, were also truly huge, and this poses a problem. Bigger wings require bigger muscles, and eventually the creature is not going to get off the ground. Evolutionists agree that preservation of fossils means that they must have been rapidly buried, and Creation scientists point out that this could only have happened on a worldwide scale during the Genesis Flood. Creationists have theorized that before the Flood these very large flying creatures could have become airborne only if the air density was greater.
Evolutionists have often scoffed at such theorizing. However, after studies on rock oxidation, the chemistry of coal formation and other processes, the scoffing is now heard less often. Evolutionists agree that in the past, when millipedes were three-feet long and dragonflies were the size of hawks, there was more oxygen in the atmosphere. Their models show that this would indeed have resulted in increased air pressure, and they acknowledge that these conditions would have enabled larger creatures to survive.
The evolutionist begins with a theory, then applies well-founded scientific principles to explain the past. In contrast, Creation scientists begin with Scripture, then apply the same scientific principles to formulate their theories of the past.
Notes: Science News, 12/7/05, pp. 395-396, Sid Perkins, “Changes In the Air.” Photo: P. occidentalis mount wherein arms, shoulder girdle and fingers are actual bones, and the rest has been drawn from other specimens.
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