A Woolly Giant
“And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.”
Seeing a woolly mammoth must have been an awe-inspiring sight. As big as Asian elephants, these hairy animals occur in a large number of places. For example, mammoth bones have been found in southern England, and their random distribution suggests that they were butchered for food by these early Britons.
Mammoths would have looked like hairy elephants. Indeed, creationists and evolutionists alike would group them together; evolutionists put elephants and mammoths into the same family, elephantidae, and creationists accept this as the appropriate baramin, or “created kind”, into which to group these animals.
Perhaps the best known mammoths are those found in Siberia. They are deep frozen and are mostly still covered in flesh, skin and fur. This fact causes many people a great problem. In the past, evolutionists have suggested all sorts of fanciful scenarios, such as tilting of the Earth’s axis. Creationists, too, have been guilty of over-imagination, such as suggesting a sudden cold snap that froze the creatures almost instantly. Some have even suggested that the mammoths died, being used in a military campaign by Genghis Khan. But none of these scenarios are really necessary. What is more pertinent is the vast number of frozen mammoths found – probably numbering thousands. Evolutionary theories cannot account for the death of such a large number – nor can they get around the fact that the animals died recently, and not millions of years ago. While we do not have the answers, a biblical explanation makes more sense than evolution.
Prayer: We thank You, Lord, for the many natural mysteries and for people of intelligence who investigate them. Thank You that explanations make sense in the light of the truth of Your word. Amen.
Author: Paul F. Taylor
Ref: Oard, M. (2004), Frozen in Time (Green Forest, AR: Master Books), chapter 4. Image: Lyuba, CC BY-SA 2.0 Generic.
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