A South African Giant
“Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.”
New dinosaur discoveries are always interesting. So, in the week that I write this script, another new dinosaur has been discovered, this time in South Africa. Ledumahadi mafube probably weighed about 12 tons, which would make it about twice the size of an elephant, and was discovered in Free State Province. Discoverers have suggested that it is an ancestor of the sauropod dinosaurs. It is a lot smaller than the sauropod giants, such as brachiosaurus – thought to have been 32 tons.
The ScienceDaily article, announcing this find, has some interesting use of language. The discoverers date this creature at 200 million years ago, whereas brachiosaurus has an evolutionary date of 154 million years. Therefore, ledumahadi is considered older than other sauropods, and the relative shortness and width of its legs led the ScienceDaily writers to suggest that it was “evolutionary ‘experiment’ with giant body size”.
This idea of an evolutionary experiment is interesting because evolutionists insist that evolution proceeds by the natural selection of favorable mutations, which include new genetic information. This reification of a supposed random event underscores the paucity of evolutionary evidence. One researcher commented, “The way that these animals solved the usual problems of life, such as eating and moving, was much more dynamic within the group than previously thought.” Such a statement suggests a purpose behind the alleged evolutionary changes in dinosaurs, even though they believe in a random purposeless process. But God had His purpose for everything that He had made. Author: Paul F. Taylor
We praise You, Lord God our Creator, for the amazing diversity of the creatures that You have made. Amen.
Ref: University of the Witwatersrand. “Ledumahadi mafube: South Africa’s new jurassic giant.” ScienceDaily, 27 September 2018. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/09/180927123017.htm>. Image: Brachiosaurus, Nobu Tamoru, CC BY-SA 4.0.