EXTINCT MARINE REPTILES
Another week has passed indeed! I have been swamped with getting my book ready to publish, working with a production company for a teaser (already released) and a trailer which should be coming out this week. To view both of these and other mini videos of myself and my books, look on youTube under; the golden strand of shinar. If you are not too busy, I would be most thankful for a quick line letting me know what you think!
Speaking of swamps, have you ever wondered about marine reptiles. We are most familiar with ones like the salt-water crocodile, marine iguanas, sea snakes and of course, sea turtles. But weren’t there more at one time, and bigger too? The answer is yes. Extinct marine reptiles include ichthyosaurs, plesiosaurs, mosasaurs, and kronosaurus just to name a few. Today we are going to take a look at the ichthyosaurs. These are very interesting animals in that they have a fish-like appearance. Why is that so interesting?
“The ichthyosaurs (‘fish lizards’) were about six metres long, with a fish-like appearance. Did they really evolve from land reptiles? If we look to the fossil record for clues, the answer has to be a resounding ‘No’! Famous palaeontologist Professor Alfred Romer wrote concerning the ichthyosaurs: ‘These creatures were extreme in their marine adaptations and their limbs were obviously unfitted for use on land.’ Hepointed out that the ichthyosaurs were ‘highly adapted to an aquatic existence’—the evolutionists’way of saying they were perfectly designed for living in the water.Their eyes and ears were different from those of land reptiles, being ideally suited for underwater seeing and hearing. Romer assumed that they had evolved from some earlier, less-adapted ancestor, but had to admit the evidence is lacking: ‘The peculiarities of ichthyosaur structure would seemingly have required a long time for their development 1
Ichthyosaurs are one of those fossils that there are plenty of—many thousands to examine and see the evidence for ourselves. “Commitment to their theory means that evolutionists are faced with a situation they find very difficult to explain — the ichthyosaur’s fish-like appearance has to be put down to ‘convergence’. This results in evolutionists’ taking an amazing leap of faith. Professor Stephen Jay Gould has written concerning the ichthyosaur: ‘This sea-going reptile with terrestrial ancestors converged so strongly on fishes that it actually evolved a dorsal fin and tail in just the right place and with just the right hydrological design. The evolution of these forms was all the more remarkablebecause they evolved from nothing—the ancestral terrestrial reptile had no hump on its back or blade on its tail to act as a precursor’ (emphasis added). The claim that the ichthyosaurs evolved from terrestrial reptiles simply does not stand up to scientific examination. There is no sequence of fossils linking them to any creature which was in the process of ‘going back to the water’. The oldest ichthyosaur fossils (according to evolutionary dating) are clearly ichthyosaurs. The structure of ichthyosaurs shows wonderful evidence for creative design.”2
Sooo, what do you think?
Until next time, God bless and take care,
By AngMoKio - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2304902 (saltwater crocodile head)
By Obtained from Molly Ebersold of the St. Augustine Alligator Farm - http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/byways/photos/53733, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=577379 (saltwater crocodile whole body)
https://creation.com/ichthyosaurs-created-to-live-in-the-sea?utm_media=email&utm_source=infobytes&utm_content=us&utm_campaign=emails (ichthyosaur fossil)