CREEPING THINGS VIDEO SERIES!!!

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Creeping Things is a DVD series hosted by me, Nathan Hutcherson. Join me and my two children as we explore the great outdoors, hunting down every animal that creeps on the ground, and showcasing God’s incredible creation. The series is produced and directed by Kyle Justice, an Emmy nominated producer who runs Awesome Science and Compel Media

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The Onychophoran Mucous Cowboy – The Peripatus

Posted in Creation & Evolution Discussions, Creation vs Evolution, Intelligent Design, Micro-Evolution, Scientific Creationism, Uncategorized on November 15, 2014 by Creation Admin

I site the following article from one of my favorite organizations, Creation Ministries International. CMI’s website, Creation.com overflows with a tremendous wealth of information.

 

Here is the original article:

http://creation.com/what-is-peripatus

What Peripatus is, is unique.

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Peripatus – Wikipedia Commons

 

At first glance, it looks like a caterpillar. However, on closer examination the external appearance is more like an annelid (earth) worm. In fact, it is also called a ‘velvet worm’. The head is continuous with the body. The eyes probably distinguish only light and dark. The outer cuticle is thin and flexible, with no external segmentation (divisions).

The internal anatomy is similar to the arthropods including, for example, lobsters, insects and spiders. And the appendages (‘legs’) are hollow, unjointed, cone-shaped structures with a retractable foot and hooked claw.

These organisms live only in moist habitats such as the tropical forest floor and in rotting logs. They are nocturnal and carnivorous, feeding on small live insects and crustaceans and carcasses of larger insects.

Their method of catching victims is certainly original. Two slime glands, at the side of the mouth, eject a milky fluid up to 30 centimetres which congeals on contact with air, entangling the prey. The flexible body allows these predators to pursue victims even into cracks and crevices.

The group known as Onychophora, which includes Peripatus and similar forms, contains 70 known species in two families. They need a lot of moisture in their environment, and range in size from 1.5 to 15 centimetres (5/8 of an inch to 6 inches).

Not a ‘missing link’

Many biologists, taking into account the mixture of characteristics — some typical of annelids and others of arthropods — consider the onychophorans to be transitional between these two major groups of animals. However, Stephen Jay Gould points out in Wonderful Life (W.W. Norton & Company, 1989, p. 168) that the appearance of arthropods, according to evolutionary timetables, should have occurred more than 550 million years ago. Gould does not believe that Peripatus could have lasted in its present form for so long.

There is an organism in the fossil record however, that is extraordinarily similar. It is Aysheaia from the Burgess Shale (dated at 530 million years old). The difference is that Aysheaia was apparently marine, whereas Peripatus and all living onychophorans are terrestrial. Nevertheless, Gould quotes G. Evelyn Hutchinson to the effect that in life, Aysheaia must have been extraordinarily similar to Peripatus (p. 169), and Gould himself says of Peripatus and Aysheaia, ‘the similarities are impressive and anatomically deep, the differences superficial …’ (p. 171).

According to standard evolutionary interpretations then, organisms closely resembling Peripatus have existed for an extraordinary time interval. It seems most unlikely that an organism represented by such a restricted ecology should have survived so long. The more reasonable alternative is that Peripatus has lived only a short time on earth and that the long-age interpretations are incorrect.

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Paripatus Anatomy – Wikipedia Commons

Amazing Feature

There is another amazing feature of Peripatus and other onychophorans. Within this small group with almost no other variation, there is an astonishing range of reproductive strategies. The variety is as great as we find in the whole class Mammalia (mammals). This remarkable diversity of reproductive styles includes development like that of monotremes (such as the platypus, which lays eggs), marsupials (such as kangaroos, which protect tiny live-born young in a special pouch and nourish them on mother’s milk) and placentals (the young are nourished in the uterus by means of a placenta and are then born live).

Within the one family of onychophorans (the Peripatidae) are individuals with a true placenta. These can be found around the world in the tropics. Others in this family do not have a true placenta, but instead develop a large yolky egg inside the mother. These animals can be found in the eastern Himalayas, Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo.

Females in the family Peripatopsidae, on the other hand, either lay eggs or retain the eggs inside the mother, where development is facilitated by secretions, but no true placenta is involved. These animals are southern in distribution, for example South America, South Africa and Australia.

What we know about Peripatus and other onychophorans is that this is a group with generalized feeding habits, which lives in warm, moist protected environments. It is supposed to have remained much the same for extremely long periods of time, except for a wide diversity of the most sophisticated reproduction styles. It seems unreasonable to accept that reproduction could become so varied while the rest of the organism stayed static and primitive for close to 600 million years.

Rather, these organisms demonstrate the richness and variety of creation. What Peripatus is, is wonderful.

Text – © Creation Science Dialogue, #194, 3803 Calgary Trail S., Suite 1136, Edmonton, Alberta, T6J 5M8

Book a Creeping Things Show

Posted in Christianity, Creation & Evolution Discussions, Intelligent Design, Scientific Creationism, Uncategorized on November 7, 2014 by Creation Admin

Are you tired of evolutionary dogma being crammed down your throat and having it force fed to your children? Would you like an exciting and educational animal show that seeks to glorify and praise God instead? If so, book a Creeping Things show today!

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Frozen Alive (Answers Magazine)

Posted in Christianity, Scientific Creationism, Uncategorized on November 6, 2014 by Creation Admin

Here is another great article from Answers in Genesis

https://answersingenesis.org/reptiles/frozen-alive-eastern-box-turtles/

Frozen Alive!

Eastern Box Turtles

by Gordon Wilson on June 7, 2011; last featured November 2, 2014

Linger a few minutes too long in subzero weather, and you’ll “freeze to death.” But our loving Creator gave certain intrepid animals, which are forced to winter in the cold, their own antifreeze. They can literally be “frozen alive” and emerge unharmed.

After my family moved to northern Idaho, I recalled fond memories of my childhood back East. When a high-school friend told me he was planning to visit the East coast, I asked him to bring back a living reminder of my past—a box turtle. He obliged and brought a beautiful male specimen, which I named “Waldo Pepper.”

I built an outdoor pen in which Waldo puttered about throughout the summer. When winter approached, he dug a shallow burrow to prepare for the cold. I piled autumn leaves over him and covered everything with a small tarp. It can get bitterly cold in Idaho, but that winter was unusually frigid. I remember it dipped down to 30°F below zero (-34°C).

When spring came, I must admit that I wasn’t hopeful to find Waldo alive. On the first warmish day I anxiously scraped away the leaves. I saw the top of his shell, barely below ground level. “He didn’t dig deep enough,” I worried. “He’s sure to be dead.” I touched his shell and to my delight it lurched as he moved within. He had made it through that wintery blast!

I knew box turtles “hibernated,” but I had no clue how he could survive being frozen alive. It didn’t matter to me. Waldo was alive and well!

Uncovering the Turtle’s Secret

If you’re native to the eastern half of the United States, you’re probably familiar with the eastern box turtle. During the summer you’ll see them lumbering across roads, or if you have a keen eye, you’ll spot them blending in among the jumble of yellow, red, and brown leaves on the forest floor.

Males may be looking for a mate while females are looking for a place to lay eggs, or they may simply be hunting for a nice snack of beetles, worms, slugs, berries, or mushrooms, or for a good place to dig in for the night.

However, when winter’s chill approaches, you probably won’t see them anymore, even if you look hard. They’re dug in for the winter, riding out the cold and storms within their icy burrows.

GOD EQUIPPED THEM WITH ANTIFREEZE!

Box turtles truly take “hibernation” to another level.1 What special provision enables these four-legged tanks to endure subzero weather in such woefully shallow burrows? The answer sounds almost like science fiction. God equipped them with antifreeze!

When a box turtle begins to experience chillier temperatures, its liver releases lots of glucose (a simple sugar) into the bloodstream. The sugar is then concentrated in various organs and acts as a sort of biological antifreeze. The places that are the most protected are the liver, heart, and blood serum. The brain and eyes are also filled with glucose.

Meanwhile, water is moved out of the cells and into body cavities, where it is allowed to freeze. The high glucose and low water levels prevent ice crystals from forming within cells. (Ice crystals would spell doom for cells because they puncture their membranes.)

So where does the ice form? Some researchers found ice packed around the brain, leg muscles, and in the body cavities around and between other organs. Even the lungs become icy chunks of tissue. When temperatures get really frigid, even the heart stops beating!

Another study found that up to 58% of the turtle’s body water could be frozen solid for at least 73 hours. It’s like a temporary “death” without decay. Once the turtle thaws out, it appears to be no worse for the wear. When spring arrives, the various organs gradually “come back to life.” This is kind of a “death and resurrection” every winter and spring.

The Main Danger Today

In eternity past—before God created the first turtles and humans—He knew that Adam would sin and bring a curse upon His world. Weather would fluctuate wildly, especially after the Flood, so box turtles and all other creatures would need to be prepared for the extremes.

Designed for Defense

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Photo courtesy Gordon Wilson

Eastern box turtles are land turtles and can’t escape threats the way many river and pond turtles do. These water turtles can simply plop into the water. But since box turtles don’t usually have that option, God has equipped them with other protective measures.

BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES. Even though they are well camouflaged, box turtles are not invisible. Predators do find them, and of course land turtles can’t sprint to safety. So God has equipped them with a suit of armor (the upper and lower shells). The lower shell, or plastron, is hinged so that the front and back can seal tight against the upper shell (left). Meanwhile, the turtle’s head, legs, and tail are tucked safely away.

Although we live in a fallen world where many animals face the ever-present threat of extinction, God has graciously equipped His creatures to be downright durable. In most cases, each kind of creature possesses enough “tricks up its sleeve” to endure the worst extremes various habitats might offer. Even when critters are relocated (like Waldo’s move to Idaho), they can often endure harsher conditions.

Despite their God-given toughness, many creatures face another serious threat. Though God told mankind to be a good steward of His creation, at times humans can become its worst enemy. Many times we unnecessarily damage habitats beyond what creatures can endure.

Box turtles, for example, are slow movers, slow to mature, and limited in the distances they typically travel. They do not reproduce until age seven or so, and even then they typically lay three to four eggs at a time.

So whenever humans cut down forests and build towns and roads, it is more difficult for a turtle to find food, a mate, and a safe place to nest. Road crossing is very risky business for a turtle, and countless turtles are killed each year trying to attempt it.

I did my PhD research on the reproduction of the eastern box turtle, and one interesting fact I discovered is that females often travel well outside their wooded “stomping grounds” to forest edges, fields, and yards to lay eggs.

Females loaded with eggs are more likely to attempt dangerous road crossings in their effort to find a suitable nest site. So it is generally unwise to release a pet box turtle anywhere except where it was caught (even woods containing other box turtles). Why? The turtle will often instinctively try to return home, crossing every road in its way. Unwittingly, we stack the deck against the turtle’s survival.

God cares about the welfare of animals. Do you remember why He had Noah fill the Ark with animals? “To keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth” (Genesis 7:3, NIV). The fact that He gave His creatures so many amazing designs for survival, such as antifreeze, reinforces how much He cares about them. If He cares so much for His creatures, shouldn’t we, as appointed stewards of His creation, do the same (Genesis 1:26)?

References

J. P. Costanzo and D. L. Claussen, “Natural Freeze Tolerance in the Terrestrial Turtle, Terrapene carolina,” Journal of Experimental Zoology 254:228–232.

J. P. Costanzo, R. E. Lee, Jr., and M. F. Wright, “Physiological Responses to Freezing in the Turtle Terrapene carolina,”Journal of Herpetology 27:117–120.

C. K. Dodd, North American Box Turtles: A Natural History (Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press, 2001).

K. B. Storey et al., “Freezing Survival and Metabolism of Box Turtles, Terrapene carolina,” Copeia 1993 (3): 628–634.

The American Alligator – Creation Minute 5

Posted in Uncategorized on October 29, 2014 by Creation Admin

Originally posted on Creation and Earth History Museum Blogosphere:

The Amazing Alligator

The American Alligator is a highly complex animal that is exquisitely designed for survival in swampy waters.

The armor plated alligator has thick scaly structures called scutes covering his body. Scutes (from the Latin Scuta meaning shield) are bony external plates. When a scute has a bony base it is called an osteoderm. The alligator has large osteoderms running down his back. These structures  protect him from many predators, such as fish, while the gator is young and still low on the food chain.

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The alligator is also perfectly camouflaged to its murky surroundings. Juveniles have high contrast markings to blend in to the reedy and grassy habitat along the water’s edge. These markings fade with age causing adults to appear a uniform black or dark green. This allows these apex predators to appear to be floating logs in the swamp, that is until they lunge with surprising…

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The Well-thought-out Design of Flying Serpents & Cockatrices

Posted in Uncategorized on March 10, 2014 by Creation Admin

The following article was taken from The Institute For Creation Research (ICR)

 

Studies Show Extinct Reptiles Moved with Grace and Ease

by Brian Thomas, M.S. *

“Scientists have struggled for decades to figure out how giant pterosaurs could become airborne and some recent proposals have simply assumed it must have been impossible,” according to Michael Habib of Chatham University USA.1 He recently co-authored a new study on pterosaur flight, the findings of which show that these giant reptiles not only could fly, but could do so skillfully.

Pterosaurs were the largest known flying creatures. Based on their fossils, their estimated total wingspan reached almost 40 feet. Habib and Mark Witton of the University of Portsmouth investigated pterosaur bone structure, estimated the reptile’s weight and musculature, and modeled its flight dynamics.

Based on their results, they concluded that pterosaurs could launch themselves with a “pole-vaulting” maneuver, fly, and land with agility—even those that were large enough to look a giraffe in the eye. Witton told Canada’s CBC radio program As it Happens, “We found in every avenue of investigation that we went down, the evidence pointed towards [pterosaurs] being flighted.”2

So, it appears that these flying reptiles were not large and ungainly, but large and graceful—as would be expected if they had been intentionally created to fly.

This study parallels other fossil finds that demonstrate that large extinct animals moved with ease. For years, researchers doubted that large theropods like Tyrannosaurus rex would have been able to effectively maneuver their bulky bodies. In a study published in The Anatomical Record, W. Scott Persons IV and Philip Currie examined points on T. rex tail bones where the largest locomotive muscles would have attached.3

When compared to living lizards and to an anatomical torque and force model, these scientists observed that T. rex leg muscles would have been very robust, easily able to propel and maneuver the giant land walker. In addition, the same skeletal features, including specified sizes and shapes of vertebral and rib features, are common to all theropods.

The study’s authors, interpreting their results according to evolution, wrote, “Dorsally elevated transverse processes [vertebral features] are characteristic of even primitive theropods and suggest that a large M. caudofemoralis [tail-leg muscle] is a basal characteristic of the group.”3 In other words, since all theropods had bony and muscular features enabling efficient movement, these features must have evolved very early.

However, there is no evidence of such evolution! There are no examples of pre-theropod fossil skeletal features that show any hint of transitioning toward the observed fully developed theropod-like features. Therefore, it looks as though all theropods, including T. rex, were created with the fully formed ability to move with agility, just like pterosaurs were created to fly gracefully and mosasaurs were created to be expert swimmers.4

When researchers have tried to piece together the past, the assumption of evolution has led to wrong conclusions. Most fossils are broken and fragmented, making reconstructions difficult. But by reasoning that all creatures “emerged” from a lesser form, evolutionists have been “seeing” what is not really there: incomplete, ineffective, and substandard transitional body plans. In each case mentioned here, however, anatomically rigorous investigations have shown fully featured creatures.

These fossils show no trace of evolution. Instead, they show the kind of well-thought-out design that researchers would expect to find if the animals had been created on purpose with the exact characteristics needed for their own particular environments.

New Reptile Fossil Stuns Evolution Paradigm

Posted in Uncategorized on March 4, 2014 by Creation Admin

http://www.darwinthenandnow.com/2014/02/new-reptile-fossil-stuns-evolution-paradigm/

Taken from the highly informative blog “Darwin Then & Now” from the writer of the excellent book by the same title.

 February 21st, 2014

New fossil discovery in China stuns Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution acting through “slight successive changes.” An international team led by geologist Ryosuke Motani from the University of California at Davis published a paper in PLOS journal earlier this month on new evidence that foils previous evolution paradigms.

Bordering on the Yangtze River in the eastern China just north of Chaohu City, Motani’s team discovered by accident what is thought to be the oldest known reptile. While working systematically through a slab of entombed fossils looking for a ray-finned fish known as Saurichthys, the workers accidently fractured the slab.

Within the fractured slab the team discovered an “an articulated embryo in birth position, with its skull just emerged from the maternal pelvis.” The young reptile mother (approximately 40 inches long) was fossilized while giving live birth to three young ones. The “new fossil specimen,” according to Motani, “strongly contradicts this traditional interpretation.”

Chaohusaurus is the name given to the fossil; “Chaohu” indicating the site found linked with the generic name for a lizard – “saurus.”  Currently thought to be the oldest discovered reptile birth ever known, the fossil has also been variably called Anhuisaurus or Chensaurus since first described in 1972 by CC Young and Z-M Dong.

One of the embryos (each approximately 7 inches long), was inside the mother, one was exiting the pelvic girdle with half of the body still in the maternal body cavity, and the third had just exited. The report documents that the “preservation of embryos is exquisite despite the great geologic age.”

Viviparity is the term given for the process of the fertilized eggs to develop within an embyro inside the body of the mother eventually leading to the delivery of a live new born. While most reptiles lay amniotic eggs covered with leathery or calcareous shells, several marine [and many land-dwelling] reptiles exhibit viviparity, including mosasaurs, Sauropterygia and the ichthyosaurs.

While thought to be similar to Cymbospondylus and Mixosaurus, and Ichthyosaurus genera, Chaohusaurus is classified as a distinct genera without any known transitional links – a somber problem for the theory of evolution acting through Darwin’s expected “slight successive” changes.

Extending problematical transitional links is the “head-first” orientation (see photograph). While land-based viviparous animals “head-first” is the norm, marine-based animals “tail-first” is the norm−like mammals. The fossil evidence for Ichthyosaurus genera demonstrate “tail-first” viviparity. 

“We always assumed that live-bearing in marine reptiles evolved after they invaded the sea, partly because of this difference [evidence to suggest tail-first births]” Motani noted in an interview. “Now the new fossil shows that the most primitive marine reptile gave birth head first.  This strongly suggests that they inherited live-bearing from their land ancestors.”

Unlike all other known reptiles, the evidence point to a land [terrestrial] origin of viviparity as is reflected in the title of the paper: “Terrestrial Origin of Viviparity in Mesozoic Marine Reptiles Indicated by Early Triassic Embryonic Fossils.”

“Terrestrial origins of viviparity,” however, Motani explains, in “marine reptiles may be a departure from the conventional wisdom” since “there is no evidence for a marine origin of viviparity.” With this new reptile fossils, the evolution paradigm has been stunned, again.

Reproduction has long stymied the theory of evolution. The duck-billed oddity, the Platypus, is a mammal laying eggs. During the five year voyage aboard the HMS Beagle, while in Australia Darwin recorded the blatant evolution paradox by noting:

“had the good fortune to see several of the famous Platypus or Ornithorhyncus paradoxicus.”

As a paradox, Darwin conveniently never mentions the Platypus in The Origin of Species. This exclusion further exemplifies Darwin’s method of distorting science to save the theory. This signature method of investigation adopted by Darwin is highlighted in the article “Darwin Day, the Ultimate Science Paradox.”

Richard Gibb, Director of the Human Genome Sequencing Center at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas, notes, “there is nothing quite as enigmatic as a platypus…. It all points to how idiosyncratic evolution is.”

Australian biologist, Michael Archer wrote, “Indeed, evolutionary scientists are baffled about the ancestry of the platypus.”

The scientific evidence simply declares that the fossil record demonstrate a mosaic pattern of nature−not an evolutionary pattern. By contrast, a mosaic pattern is compatible with the Genesis account of nature.

Angst even within the evolution industry has finally reached a tipping point. In an interview by journalist Suzan Mazur in the book The Altenberg 16: An Expose of the Evolution Industry, cell biologist Stuart Newman of the New York Medical College sounded the alarm:

“Unless the discourse around evolution is opened up to scientific perspectives beyond Darwinism, the education of generations to come is a risk of being sacrificed to the benefit of a dying theory.”

Frustrated adherence to Darwin’s outdated theory, National Medal of Science winner presented by President Bill Clinton, Lynn Margulis in an interview with Mazur pronounced

“neo-Darwinists are a… religious sect within the sprawling religious persuasion of Anglo-Saxon Biology.”

The vanishing existence of “slight successive changes” in found in the fossil record for reptile reproduction exemplifies why this once powerful icon of evolutionary theory, Darwinism, is now dead.

Evolution was once a theory in crisis, now evolution is in crisis without a theory.

For these reasons, biological evolution only exists as a philosophical fact−not as a scientific fact.

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