How are all you fine folks this week? I pray you all fared well! I had a wonderful week as my husband took me on a mini-road trip for our tenth anniversary. We explored the canyon loop here in Arizona/Utah and wherever we went we saw the hand of God. So…did the hand of God play a role in all the different animals we know existed during the ice age, or was it all pure adaptation of the fittest?
The answer is both. How did all those animals, the woolly rhinoceros, bison, horses, musk ox, reindeer, antelopes, giant sloths, cave bears, mammoths and others come about? Did they evolve? Let’s take it from the beginning. The animals that came off the ark had several centuries (on average five to seven hundred years) to multiply and disperse. As they did so, the different ‘kinds’ of animals adapted to their new environments (because they already carried the genes for certain adaptations). It is obvious from the variety of animal and plant fossils that an omniscient God equipped them with intricate adaptations to survive in the post flood world.
We also know from Ice Age fossils that a strange mix of animals, not be expected to coexist, have been found in the same areas. “Remains of animals adapted to the cold are found much farther south than expected. Warmth-loving animals are found as fossils much farther north than they would venture today. Yet, they apparently thrived in the Ice Age environment. This peculiar mixture of animals has been given a special name — disharmonious associations.”[i]
Sadly, this physical evidence is not taught in our public schools because it presents a huge problem for the millions of years and many-ice-ages theory. And these associations (fossils found in the same strata, in proximity to each other) are common, - the rule not the exception. “This mix of cold-tolerant and warm-tolerant animals occurred over the whole Northern Hemisphere, including Siberia, Alaska, and the Yukon Territory. Disharmonious associations are also found in the Southern Hemisphere.”[ii]
The next question is, how did the ice age animals stay alive in such harsh conditions? Especially if warmth-loving animals were found in the northern parts too? Again we must take a look at the evidence and not the assumptions we were first taught about the Ice Age.
For example, in over one hundred locations in England, France, and Germany, hippopotamus fossils are found in association with fossils of reindeer, musk oxen, cave lions, and woolly mammoths. Even small mammals, plants, insects, birds, amphibians and reptiles are found in disharmonious associations.
It is evident there must have been cooler summers for the reindeer, musk-ox, mammoths and the like. On the other hand there must have been warmer winters for the hippopotamus and others (including plants) that today only inhabit tropical regions of the world.
“As the climate cooled and dried, the animals likely were forced to move north to the warmer coastal regions where it was warmer in the winter. The Arctic coast was warmer because the ocean had not yet frozen over. This is because saltwater is difficult to freeze.
“Surprisingly, some areas that at first sight appear ideal for glaciation would not be glaciated at all, such as the lowlands of Alaska and Siberia. The area just east of the Rocky Mountains in North America would be unglaciated at this time because of warm air from the Pacific Ocean overriding the mountains and descending as mild chinook winds. This is called the ice-free corridor. The warm Arctic and North Pacific Oceans would also have kept most of Siberia and Alaska unglaciated at this time. It was warm enough in the lowlands of Siberia and Alaska and the ice-free corridor to allow all the animal migrations into the Americas during the early and middle part of the Ice Age.” [iii] This is why the woolly mammoths and other animals would be able to live in Siberia and Alaska during the Ice Age and why the lowlands would remain unglaciated.
So, as you can see, the reason for the ice age dilemmas is because secular scientists assumed the Ice Age climate to be much colder than present-day climates. However, the evidence from the Ice Age fossils instead implies an equable climate with mild winters and cool summers. And if there were multiple interglacials (such as multiple ice ages demand), animals such as reindeer, woolly rhinoceroses, and woolly mammoths would be able to recolonize previously glaciated territory. There would be evidence of this by their bones being abundant in the ‘interglacial’ areas. But what do we find…their bones are rare and are found mainly at the periphery of ice sheets and in non-glaciated areas. The evidence of ice age animal and plant fossils, points to a single ice age.
In conclusion, once again, God’s word is to be trusted. So go out there and enjoy His beautiful creation!
Take care and God Bless,
July 9 - 15, 2012; The constellation, Scorpion, is at its highest around 10 or 11 pm in the southern sky. Its brightest star, rival of Mars, is dazzling reddish Antares. It is easy to spot on a summer night being the brightest star – and distinctly reddish in color – in these fishhook-shaped pattern of stars. Look for mars off to the right.