“He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: he toucheth the hills, and they smoke.”
It was, they say, the “Great Dying” – supposedly 250 million years ago. 57% of all land-dwelling vertebrates became extinct. Yet, amidst the death and destruction of this event, a new group of animals arose. We call them the dinosaurs.
One interesting evolutionary study suggests that this so-called Permian-Triassic Extinction was initially triggered by large-scale volcanic activity. An article on the ScienceDaily website explains it thus:
Following the discovery of volcanic rocks of the same age as the extinction, volcanic carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions had previously been suggested as an important contributor to this extinction event.
How could they possibly know that these rocks are the same age? Volcanic rocks would be dated by radiometric methods; fossil-bearing rocks, by comparison with nearby other rocks, and estimating the ages by examining the fossils contained within.
The article is also implying a massive climate change caused by volcanic CO2 emissions. In short, there is little or no evidence for the climate change, the CO2 emissions, or any correlation between the two.
The Bible gives a very much shorter timescale than millions of years – a timescale of only just over 6,000 years. Also giving the lie to the evolutionary myth is the fact that death could not have occurred before Adam sinned. Instead, dinosaurs were magnificent land animals created by God on Day Six of creation.
We are amazed, Lord, at the folly of sophisticated analysis, based on faulty ground rules. Help us to consider Your way first, in all that we undertake for You. Amen.
Author: Paul F. Taylor
Ref: University of Oxford. “Volcanic eruptions triggered dawn of the dinosaurs.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 19 June 2017. , accessed 6/22/2017
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