Now this is one of the rarest gems where creationists have got it right when it comes to the existence of giant animals once thought to be creatures of myth and folklore. Pages 30-33 tells about the Colossal squid, known by its genus name Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni, and how people have found this animal along with other types of giant squid dead and alive. Even today, there has been live sightings made of these monstrous animals like this report given out recently about a certain Colossal Squid caught off the coast of New Zealand that could be the largest ever recorded on record. Note in the concluding text on page 32, where Wieland says,
"Who knows what 'dragons of the sea' might lurk in the ocean's phenomenal depths? There may be creatures no one has ever seen, or that are known so far only from fossils."
In your dreams, Wieland!
Next on pages 34-37, Wieland talks about Styxosaurus, a plesiosaur that lived 83-85 million years ago in the Cretaceous Period. Styxosaurus is well known for having about 253 stomach stones or gastroliths inside its stomach area that may have been used as either a ballast or to help grind its food. Wieland, like other creationists, cryptozoologists, and other types of wishful thinkers, still believe that Loch Ness Lake in Scotland may still contain the last surviving family of plesiosaurs swimming elusively about in the lake, while being ignorant of the fact that there is not a single shred of evidence found that supports the Loch Ness claim. There are many problems and hoaxes abound which associates with the Loch Ness Plesiosaur myth, such as the fact that the lake is way too cold for a reptile like Styxosaurus to swim in, there are no plesiosaur fossils, whether eggs or bones, found in and around the lake (One claim about a plesiosaur fossil found on the shoes of the lake turned out to be a hoax.), and much of the well known claims about alleged photographs taken of Loch Ness monster sightings have all been confessed to be a hoax, including photos taken of an alleged monster with humps exposed at the surface of the lake which turns out to be nothing more than a parade of bales of hay covered with tarpaulins.
Although, Wieland does acknowledge that all these claims are ruled to be a hoax, including the famous photograph of a remote-controlled submarine with a cardboard cut-out of a sauropod dinosaur long mistaken as the Loch Ness Monster shown on page 37, he still sticks to his far-fetched beliefs that maybe someday, somewhere out there, there could such a monster living in seclusion in the lake or in a jungle plateau like what is told in Sir Arthur Doyle's The Lost World. In his "Too many fish in the sea" type reason, if one type of evidence is a hoax, then there are other types of evidence out there that can be use as evidence for modern dinosaur, pterosaur, and sea monster sightings. Wishful thinking there, Wieland! It seems like all the evidences of live dinosaur, pterosaur, and sea monster sightings are turning out to be elaborate hoaxes after all, entirely made up as a publicity stunt. Even if they did turned out to be the evidence creationists are hoping for, they still don't explain why are are there no remains of dinosaurs, pterosaurs, and especially plesiosaurs, being found above the Mesozoic strata.
Creationists cling to a false hope that someday, maybe soon, a live dinosaur of some sort would be discovered that would in their eyes "prove" that the idea of an "age of reptiles" millions of years ago is mythological just like the discoveries made of the coelacanth and the Wollemi Pine (Wollemia nobilis, the last, sole surviving member of the Wollemia Family). That's IF they can find fully intact dinosaur bodies, dead and alive, and bones of them buried above the Mesozoic strata. But none of such things has ever been found. Still, this doesn't stop creationists from making up all sorts of hopeful, imaginary monsters such as the dragon stereotype that's falsely called "Baryonyx" found in Ham's crackhouse Dragon Room and in When Dragon's Hearts Were Good and The Great Dinosaur Mystery Solved! books. On page 38, there is a well known claim made of a famous photo taken of what appears to be a dead decaying body being fished up from a lake thanks to Japanese fishing boat that caught this unusual catch in 1977. For a long time, creationists insist that the dead creature is a plesiosaur that have survived into modern times while a careful analysis reveal that the alleged "plesiosaur" is nothing more than a body of a basking shark. This is something evolutionists have been trying to tell those hard-headed creationists all along! At long last, the creationist mob (with few exceptions) is starting to acknowledge the evolutionists' claim about the body being that of a shark to be true and abandon the plesiosaur fallacy completely. But not without changing the who-done-it part to make it say that it was Answers in Genesis who have concluded, through [sic] "research" that the body was that of a shark to avoid the disgrace of telling their gullible followers that those "godless evolutionists" were right all along when it comes to the real identity of the carcass.
The Steller's Sea Cow
Pass page 39 where it features 3 animals that are only found in the darkest depths of the ocean, we find ourselves on pages 40-42 where Wieland talks about the Steller's Sea Cow, scientifically known as Hydrodamalis gigas. Although first discovered in 1741, sadly, this animal has been hunted to extinction by man. The last one died in 1768, about 27 years after it was first discovered by a naturalist named Georg Steller. Note the blatant irony still being paraded by Wieland on page 41 — He claims life evolve and branched out from "the same created kind" through natural selection and yet we are to believe that nothing evolves from "some ancestor" and that natural selection is a hoax? Oh the irony…
Ice Age That's Never to be if Young Earth and Thousands of Years is true.
Page 43 contains a claim that says The Flood caused The Ice Age when warmer temperatures coming from global activity occurring underwater caused the water to evaporate and come down to Earth as ice that covered much of the planet thus allowing people and animal traveling from the Ararat region after the Flood to North America. One major problem with this, if young earth is true, and the water evaporates in the air, the evaporated water would only come down as extremely hot water that would scald everything to death — no Ice Age, no traveling to North America. Plus, it doesn't explain how do Australian animals get to where they are at without evoking some miraculous explanations that have no merit.
A Certain Crocodile
Page 44-47 shows a massive crocodile named Sarcosuchus (nicknamed "SuperCroc") that lived during the Cretaceous Period 110 million years ago and never preyed on mosasaurs despite what is depicted in the illustration. Here Wieland claims stupidly that it could have been the Leviathan of the Bible. Yet, it's is all made up out of ignorance of the fact that Leviathan is a creature of Jewish Folklore that resembles a coiling, serpentine fish with illuminating eyes and scales. Sarcosuchus is not a coiling serpentine fish but a blown-up version of a gharial, a narrow-jawed crocodilian that lives in the regions of Southern Asia and eats only fish. Note how Wieland is citing one of the Bible verses from the Job 41 Leviathan passage to make it seem "..laughable to contemplate people killing such an armored beast with spears or arrows.." especially when no human was ever around to try to hunt the giant Cretaceous crocodile. Note the "supercrank" claim on page 46 that tries to explain what the bulla cavity in Sarcosuchus' toilet seat-shaped nostril is used for,
"Was it used for making sounds? Or could it have had something to do with the production of and mixing of certain chemicals to give out heat and smoke, just as in the Bible's description?"
The first option could be correct. The second option is entirely crank. Creationists sure have plenty of imaginations here, making up crank explanations like this one to explain how the Hadrosaurs' hollow crests and bulla cavities of Sarcosuchus was used for while the reality behind them is that they could have functioned in a way similar to the ghara cavity found in male gharials which uses it to produce sounds to attract females to them for mating.
Also on page 46 is another crank explanation made in an attempt to explain how did a certain African Region become the Sahara Desert of today. As mentioned before, if young earth is true, there would be no Ice Age and no cold waters whatsoever. A literal global warming the planet will have faced if "thousands of years" is fact. The rain would have been so hot that everything, even Sarcosuchus would've been scalded to death and earth would be rendered into a lifeless, scorched desert.
Wieland make believes that Sarcosuchus probably lived near the mouth of a large river after the Flood while in reality, Sarcosuchus lived in what is now the Sahara Desert 110 million years ago where back then it was once a tropical plain filled with rivers, lakes, and streams lined with vegetation. The Sahara Desert formed about 7,000 to 8,000 years ago, making it much older than the alleged 6,000 year age creationist wrongly regard the Earth's age to be.
Rhincodon — The Whale Shark
Here's another modern animal discussed on pages 48-51 that's called a whale shark, also known by the genus Rhincodon typus. It's a filter feeding shark that eats a variety of small animals such as phytoplankton, macro-algae, plankton, krill and small nektonic life, such as small squid or vertebrates. There are about 4 things worth noting found within the descriptions of the modern animal, including the notion of all animals being herbivores before the Fall, while ignoring the fact that the verse indicates that God was only providing animals and man with plant food. When extinction occurs, as Wieland puts it "the world has lost some of the incredible programmed instructions that God put into the DNA of many original kinds in those magnificent days of creation, thousands of years ago." Rather is it also the same as when an animal becomes extinct millions, thousands, hundreds, even tens of years ago, much of what the incredible programmed instructions God has given to all 3 originals, intermediates, and advance forms that lived, flourished, and die out over a period of time becomes lost, leaving behind small remnants of them for us to study and wonder about them.
Note Wieland's notion of mutations being,
"Genetic copying mistakes are mostly scrambling mistakes, never creating it, and extinction removes it forever."
In Wieland's eyes, extinction and mutation is "bondage to decay" as told in Romans 8:21. Rather, both extinction and mutation is one of the beneficial things God has ordained to bring room and great diversity into the world. If not, the world would be completely an over-crowded, unpleasant place. That verse, Romans 8:21 in the Bible is taken out of context. The verse alone would agree with the creationists' view of the world's state concerning pollution and destruction of animal and plant life as long as all of the other verses in the Romans 8 passage concerning only the unsaved humans gets ignored. The other verses, Isaiah 65:17 and 2 Peter 3:13, simply tell us what will it be like when old things pass away and a New Heaven and A New Earth gets established in its place.
And the fourth part found in the last part of page 51 and all of 52 claims that the teeth of the whale shark along with the appendix and other seemingly "useless" structures have been used to argue against the Genesis Account (Try young earth account.) by saying that God would not have made "useless structures" (or vestiges). Evolutionists don't believe the vestiges to be useless either. They do know for sure that the whale's teeth, the human appendix, and other vestiges all serve a special function despite what creationists' assume about how evolutionists deal about them. The silly claims they made about the appendix, the whale's teeth, and other vestiges being thought of as "useless" by the evolutionists only confirms the fact that the creationists who make up lies about everything science, including vestiges, are only kidding themselves.
Now pages 52-55 talks about Cretoxyrhina, a shark that lived in the Cretaceous Period 100 million years ago. Its remains have been found in Kansas where remains of mosasaurs (which Cretoxyrhina preyed on) and plesiosaurs have also been found in that area. This prehistoric shark is found where much of the middle part of North America is covered by a shallow inland sea known as the Niobrara. Just like before, Wieland, on pages 54 and 55, wants you to believe that all fossilized bones, even of animals that have just been eaten, have to form rapidly in a matter of days or weeks or else every bone will rot away before millions of years have passed. Never mind the fact that bone can last a mighty long time, even for many centuries before being covered in sediment and fossilized. Never mind the fact that the Flood would brutally dealt with the bodies the very same way the alleged "'slow and gradual' theory about the formation of fossils" would've done according to Wieland's crank falsehood, including shattering them apart and rot. And never mind the fact that not all fossils are formed through rapid burial. Amber is the best example of this.
The Young Earth Flood and the Problems behind it.
As mentioned before, creationists would like to make you think that the Flood is made up of rising waters, shattering continents, pummeling meteor showers, hot rain, volcanic eruptions, and rapid-moving walls of wet dirt and mud that rose up and crash down on plants, animals, and people so fast that they don't have time to flee to higher ground. Never mind the Bible speaking nothing about volcanoes, dirt, earthquakes, and meteors occurring during the Flood. Creationists, in all their ignorant glory, have all imagined this one-time, one-year scenario up to explain rock layers containing evidences of volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, meteor impacts, and accumulating sediment that in reality occur separately over a period of millions of years. No way have all this been done within the one year period. Besides, how can God protect the boat with its living cargo inside in the mist of pummeling rocks, ash, mud, debris, hot rain, steam, and lava without invoking some "groundless, empty miracles" to do so?
Creationists have a knack of treating science that don't conform to their narrow-minded ways as if it is some "belief system" while the young earth, thousands of years ago is in fact such a thing. Look how Wieland deals with the Western Interior Sea (aka The Niobrara Sea) at the bottom of page 55.
Like all creationists, Wieland believes that one cannot except the [sic] "erroneous millions of years belief system" because it puts death and bloodshed before the Fall of Adam. That's no reason and no excuse to reject the notion that the earth is billions of years old and the notion that dinosaurs lived on earth for millions of years long before the human race based upon scientific evidence. What Wieland claims is no different than saying that one cannot believe the real erroneous thousand of years belief system because it tells false stories, forcefeed, brainwash. and indoctrinate hapless people into believing in every creationist lie known, distort literature, history, and mythology, commit acts of blasphemy by making God and His Word into dishonest liars, make hypocritical accusations, set Christians up for the fall, spew out slanderous, vile, and malicious hatred, demonizing anyone who oppose their idiocy, and put death and bloodshed of plants before and after the Fall of Adam.
Sap is plant blood. It functions the same way normal blood functions when it comes to catering food and other substances to various tissues throughout the body. Plus, some plants have a special kind of blood called Leghemoglobin. It's a kind of blood found in the nitrogen-fixing root nodules of leguminous plants such as soybeans and peanuts. So plants, like all living beings, do have blood. If there was no death and "bloodshed" before the Fall, dead cells in hair and decay in digestion therefore would've never existed, the planet would be greatly overcrowded, and plants, which needs water, sun, and above all decaying matter to live, would've faced total extinction without decomposition which they need to help them nourish and thrive. Where in the bible is a verse that says there was no death and bloodshed before the Fall? Answer: Nowhere. The verses that lead creationists to think there was no death and bloodshed before the Fall all refers to human death, not animal death. What Wieland claims about the [sic] "millions of years belief system" is in reality a reject to the creationists' false, distorted history of the Bible. They, like Wieland, created this "thousands of years" fairy tale and call it "the history of the Bible" out of ignorance of the huge mountains of clear evidence against it.
The Western Interior Sea
Creationists like Wieland would cite any place that was formed by catastrophic floods and land upheavals as evidence for the young earth flood, including the Western Interior Sea that at one time covered much of North America, while being ignorant of the problems associated with them.
In this section, Wieland thinks the Western Interior Sea was nothing more than a leftover from the Flood with large, fast-lifting, regional fossil-filled upheavals in them, with aftershocks occurring over centuries as the Flood went down. This contradicts the verse in the Bible that says by the time the Flood is over, the earth is completely dry (Genesis 8:13-14). It would mean this whole world would be a desert wasteland completely void of water of any kind if young earth is true and there was a global flood. Also, this ignores the fact that if young earth is true, the rocks would still be extremely hot from much movement in that short period of time, not to mention the obvious evidence of nearly continuous 10 Richter scale earthquakes that would have accompanied such an fast-moving orogeny. Plus, how would the Native Americans is supposed to know about this while they have no recollections of any inland sea between the Rockies and the Appellations along with its huge aftershocks whatsoever?
The Flood is said to allegedly occur 4,500 years ago. At the same time Native American settlements becomes permanent, cultural differences become more evident, the Cochise People living in the southwestern regions of the US were busy cultivating maize (corn) becoming skilled farmers in the process. Native American Nomads have been making their lively rounds through the Grand Canyon, leaving behind small animal dolls made of twisted willow twigs that were used as sacred objects. And some Mexican Aztecs, as part of their Jaguar worship, cut their own teeth to the gum roots and replace them with jaguar fangs. None of these people have any recollection whatsoever of the alleged 4,500 year Worldwide Flood and its alleged aftermath.
If the young earth is true, and people and animals did migrate across the Bering Straight through a land bridge just after the Tower of Babel incident, if they are able to survive the extremely hot rain and steam that prevailed all over the globe, they will have to go through a very hot, shaky rock terrain that would cause them to stumble and fall off of cliffs created from fast moving upheavals to their deaths below and their feet would have suffered from third degree burns or worse. Their huts, lodges, tepees, longhouses, and their wigwams would have been destroyed and incinerated even just after they were built. The rocky walls that made the Pueblo villages would have been too hot to handle. And finally Wieland's claims doesn't explain why do we find only scores of traces of Mesozoic marine life and zero traces of Early Cenozoic mammals, modern mammals and humans in that area.
The real explanation behind the formation of the Western Interior Sea comes from Answers.com—
"The Seaway was created as the Pacific and North American tectonic plates collided, causing the Rocky Mountains to form in western North America. With high eustatic sea levels existing worldwide during the Cretaceous, waters from the Arctic Ocean in the north and the Gulf of Mexico in the south met and flooded the central lowlands, forming a sea that transgressed (grew) and regressed (receded) over the course of the Cretaceous.
The earliest phase of the Seaway began in the mid-Cretaceous, when an arm of the Arctic Ocean transgressed south over western North America; this formed the Mowry Sea, so named for a characteristic rock formation that is rich in oil shale. In
the south, the Gulf of Mexico was an extension of the Tethys Sea, which met with the Mowry Sea in the late Cretaceous, forming the "complete" Seaway.
Citations: Stanley, Steven M. Earth System History. New York: W.H. Freeman and Company, 1999 ISBN 0-7167-2882-6 pp. 487-9
Seeing how the seaway really did form in ways the Worldwide Flood had no part playing in just comes to show how stupid and idiotic Wieland's tripe about ancient seas and marine fossils really is. One must wonder why do they have to waste all that cardboard and paper just to print out one stupid lie and false deceit after another.
The Channeled Scablands
Wieland like other creationists does acknowledge the fact that The Channeled Scablands were formed by big catastrophic floods that swept the region, coming from Lake Missoula, a large glacial lake in Montana created from Ice Age Glaciers thousands of years ago. But the Scablands were formed by huge local floods that breached from Lake Missoula about 40 times within a 2,000 year period between 19,000 and 13,000 years ago. The Worldwide Flood, 4,500 Years Ago had nothing to do with it.
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