It is: 10 days till Memorial Day
It is: 27 days till Jurassic World's release!
It is: 34 days till Inside Out's release
In the Spotlight:
Universal Studios literally dumped us with Jurassic World TV spots this past week! And I mean DUMPED! Check them out below:
There's so much in each of these TV spots that I really don't where to start! Personally though, I think one of my favorites are the seventh and the eighth ones. I love that shot where the kid hugs the baby Apatosaurus' neck in our first look at the park's Gentle Giants Petting Zoo and those gyrosphere scenes where the gyrosphere balls ride past herds of Apatosaurus, Triceratops, Parasaurolophus and Stegosaurus are stunning.
That's not all, folks! Also released this week was this clip from the Masrani viral website featuring Dr. Henry Wu as he and other InGen employees talk about the latest technological updates at InGen:
And last but not least, we've also got this cool new trailer for the Lego Jurassic World game featuring shots and dinosaurs (and a few pterosaurs and a Mosasaurus!) from all four movies:
Topic of the Week by Christian Ryan
|Tyrannosaurus rex is one of the most famous extinct animals of all time.|
In part 1 of this series, we used the Bible as our “worldview glasses” to learn that most layers of the fossil record represent ancient ecosystems that were spread widely across the pre-Flood supercontinent called Rodinia. But something changed; some event caused the world to become like the one we know today. What happened? First, let's look at how evolutionists view the fossil record and how the animals in it died, buried and were fossilized. Standard evolutionists believe in uniformitarianism; this is the belief that present day processes are responsible for killing and burying billions of organisms in rock. In other words, evolutionists believe the present is the key to the past. Typically, the story goes that a now-dead creature – we'll use a dinosaur in this example – just so happened to die near a water source. Then before scavengers could consume it and before it could rot, the water rose and gently covered its body with silt. While evolutionists allow for an occasional catastrophe to account for some fossils, this is typically not the case.
|When most animals die, like the Baryonyx above, they don't simply lie around waiting to fossilize. They must be buried quickly, or they will be eaten by scavengers or rot away.|
|This horse carcass will definitely not become a fossil!|
|The REAL Noah's ark didn't look anything like this bathtub-like, cute, tiny, poor-excuse-for-an-ark boat! The real ark was HUGE, about 510 feet long!|
|Asteroid impacts, such as the one that made the Acraman crater, might have triggered the Flood.|
“In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.” Genesis 7:11.Creation geologists believe that the “springs of the great deep” mentioned in the verse above resulted from the breakup of the earth's crust. These catastrophic movements caused great multitudes of hot water from underneath the earth's crust (some of these subterranean bodies of water seem to still exist today) spewed out into the ocean, along with molten rock. Much of the hot water turned to steam and was ejected high into the earth's pre-Flood atmosphere. The steam rose where it collected into rain clouds and...yes, you guessed it, it rained a lot! See, contrary to popular belief, most of the water from's Noah's Flood likely did not come from rain clouds initially, but from underneath the earth's crust. The waters continued to rise, causing massive destruction and chaos over the entire planet.
|Imagine what it would have been like to see a 2.5-mile-wide asteroid heading toward the earth!|
|The supercontinent of Rodinia broke up during the Flood, reformed into the continent of Pangaea before again breaking apart to form the seven continents we know today.|
So how is the fossil record explained by the Flood? Rather than portraying the billion-years-long history of life on earth, most of the fossil record can easily be seen as an order of burial during the great Flood. As the watery carnage continued to progress higher and higher, ecosystem after ecosystem was destroyed and buried in rock layers (Cambrian-Cretaceous). Now, let's take a closer look at what was happening during this chaotic time, as if we were eyewitnesses to this event.
Cambrian Seas (Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian)
|Countless numbers of trilobites and other Cambrian animals perished in the floodwaters.|
|Lacking bones, jellyfish must be buried extremely quickly in order to fossilize, yet we find many jellyfish fossils in the fossil record.|
|Trilobite have been found curled up; they had tried to protect themselves before becoming catastrophically buried.|
|Meganeura and other Carboniferous plants and animals have been discovered.|
As they floated in the water, trees in the Carboniferous ex-Floating Forest lost their outer bark, became waterlogged and eventually sank vertically toward the ocean floor. This is why we have polystrate fossils of these trees in the fossil record – that is, tree trunks going through several different rock layers. Vegetation from these forests is responsible for providing our fossil fuels today.
|The home of the 6-10-foot long Arthropleura is used as fossil fuels today!|
Permian Sandy Coasts (Permian, Triassic?)
|Lystrosaurus fossils show they were once widespread on the planet.|
|This pair of Diictodon died in their burrow some 4,350 years ago.|
|Diictodon seemed to have lived in pairs that shared a single burrow.|
|This characteristic death pose is common in many dinosaur skeletons.|
|This Oviraptor died atop her nest; she spread her arms over her eggs in a vain attempt to protect them.|
|Huge herds of Centrosaurus have been found, evidence for a devastating Flood.|
|Dinosaurs like Velociraptor likely survived part of the Flood via sandbanks that were made available as the tide temporarily dropped.|
“The waters receded steadily from the earth...” Genesis 8:3a.
The entire earth was covered by water by the 150th day. No more sandbanks would have been available for swimming dinosaurs, so they too would eventually drowned. As the Apostle Peter states in 2 Peter 3:5-6: “...the world that then existed perished, being flooded by water.” However, God protected Noah and the ark's other occupants through the entire event so that they could once again live in the world after the flood waters receded to a sufficient level. Soon after the waters began to go down, we know plant life already had begun to recolonize the earth (remember the dove Noah sent out of the ark brought back a freshly-picked olive leaf in Genesis 8:11).
|Olive trees were growing even before the Flood ended, as the water began to recede.|
|It is thanks to the Flood that we have places like the Grand Canyon.|
|Dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus would have had great difficulty finding enough food in the post-Flood world, leading up to the extinction of them and the other dinosaurs.|
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