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Fossil story swallows a gnat and chokes on a (giant) camel

Giant Camel

According to a story this week on wired.com, scientists have discovered a new species of giant camel that lived in North America 3.5 million years ago. But what the article doesn’t tell you is how it supports a biblical view of Earth history and undermines the notion of man-made climate change.

Based on fragmentary  fossil evidence, the story, Palaeontologists discover giant camel species that lived in the High Arctic, casually states that scientists were able to determine the type of animal the bone pieces belonged to by testing collagen samples found within them. However, the writer glosses over the fact that this collagen is original bone tissue from these giant camels that has survived to the present day, as well as the question of how this organic, once-living material could still exist after millions of years.

As we all know, apart from very special conditions, when living things die they immediately start to decompose–even bones disintegrate in a matter of a few years. However, even when preserved under ideal burial circumstances, scientific studies have proved that, at best, organic matter from once living creatures cannot last  for more than tens of thousands of years, much less than 3.5 million years, without completely decomposing. So the giant camel’s collagen could only be thousands of years old.

Found at www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-03/06/giant-arctic-camel, the article also says that the giant camels lived in the Arctic “during a global warm period” that occurred during the mid-Pliocene. It also states that these camels originated in North America. However, while it offers no evidence for either claim, the book of Genesis in the Bible provides an intriguing alternative.

Science regards the Pliocene as a generally warmer epoch that preceded the Pleistocene (aka the “Ice Age”). This basically accords with the likely events following the Genesis account of Noah’s flood. Volcanic activity during the Flood and warm, subterranean water released from the breaking up of “the fountains of the deep” would likely have caused an initial warming of the post-Flood ocean and climate. This initial period of “global warming”  precipitated rapid evaporation and, along with an Earth denuded of vegetation and tons of volcanic ash in the sky, led to cooling at the poles and the production of massive ice sheets in the Arctic and Antarctica, extending for thousands of miles.

However, this so-called “Ice Age” was not so much an age of the entire Earth as regional cooling at its northern and southern ends. It’s likely that the world’s mid-regions simultaneously remained warmer than today. Also, instead of originating in North America, the Bible informs us that this giant camel would have traveled there from the mountains of Ararat, when creatures large and small from Noah’s Ark dispersed across the globe following the Flood.

In any case, regardless of the explanation for the period of global warming in which the giant camel is said to have lived, or whether you believe it took place thousands or millions of years ago, it’s obvious that it was not caused by man. Indeed, while there have been mild fluctuations in the Earth’s temperature since Noah’s flood–sometimes cooler, sometimes warmer–overall the world has gradually been growing warmer since the so-called Ice Age. And, despite the franctic claims of global climate change extremists,  mankind has had very little–if anything–to do with any of it.

While it’s always great to hear about new fossil finds, in this case a species of giant camels that once roamed the wild Canadian north, such reports are often deceptive. In dealing with evidence that doesn’t fit the model of evolution, its advocates routinely “choke on a gnat”–the Bible’s commonsense, scientifically accurate account of recent Earth history–and “swallow a (giant) camel” of long ages of evolutionary time. The scientific fact is that collagen (soft tissue) can only last for thousands of years, so until evolutionists can come up with a scientifically verified way to prove otherwise, stories like this support the biblical record of a youthful creation in the thousands of years, not to mention the natural origin of global climate fluctuations.


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