It is: 3 days till Memorial Day
It is: 21 days till Jurassic World opens
It is: 28 days till Inside Out's release
It is: 30 days till Father's Day
In the Spotlight:
Yep, as usual, we've got more TV spots from Jurassic World. I will show just a few of them here:
In addition to numerous TV spots from Jurassic World, a new trailer for Lego Jurassic World was just released as well. Check it out!
And last but NOT least, we've got an all-new clip from the movie itself, which shows ___ giving Simon Masrani his first look at the hybridized dinosaur, Indominus rex.
As usual, all these new videos get me really stoked for the upcoming film. Three weeks is going to seem like an eternity!
Topic of the Week by Christian Ryan
|The skull of Smilodon fatilis (boasting 7-inch canines) is an icon of the Cenozoic rock layers.|
In part 2 of this exciting series, we looked at how the Flood of the Genesis account decimated the pre-Flood world, carved canyons, shifted continents and even pushed up mountains! After the Flood, the Bible records that all the animals and Noah's family exited the ark to multiply in the new post-Flood world. At this point in history, most Christians believe that the earth was quite like it is today at this point. This couldn't be farther from the truth! Once again, we can look at the fossil record and, using the Bible to help us interpret it, we can learn what happened in the world after the Flood.
|Much of the world would have been fairly barren immediately after the Flood, but it wouldn't stay this way for long!|
|Carnivores would have had little trouble finding enough food immediately after the Flood, given that a lot of rotting carcasses would have been lying around.|
|Continent-sized hypercanes would have torn across the continents with wind speeds of about 500 miles per hour!|
|Many strange and wonderful animals roamed the earth after the Flood, becoming extinct before modern times.|
|Loads of volcanic activity pumped carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, which prevented much heat from escaping and fueled the growth of great forests, turning earth into a living greenhouse, rich in biodiversity.|
|Leptictidium was a small insectivore living in the Eocene forests of Germany.|
|Gastornis, once thought to be a predator, was more likely a large herbivorous bird, using its strong beak to crunch up fruit and tough nuts...hm, kinda like a parrot...a really BIG parrot!|
|Basilosaurus was a top predator of the Eocene seas, hunting fish, sharks, turtles and smaller whales, like Dorudon.|
|As time passed, the earth began to slowly get drier, and eventually cooler, causing forests to recede and open plains to spread.|
|Embolotherium was a large Eocene mammal, adapted for life on the newly-formed open plains. Its horn, too fragile for combat, was used for display purposes.|
|Paraceratherium was the largest rhinoceros that ever existed. Its size alone was great defense against predators.|
|The pig-like Daeodon was probably an omnivore, eating a wide range of food.|
|The Oligocene and Miocene habitats existed for a brief period of time after the Flood. The planet continued to change.|
|Much of the world in the Pliocene was starting to look like the world we know today.|
|Bizarre in appearance, Deinotherium was a relative of the modern elephant.|
|Instead of being the "ape-man" from evolutionary textbooks, Australopithecus was a knuckle-walking ape equally at home in the treetops as it was on the ground.|
|Macraucheenia was likely common prey for terror birds.|
|Huge glaciers, over 2,000 feet high, spread out across the landscape during the Ice Age.|
|The woolly mammoth was an icon of the Ice Age; it had thick fur and fat underneath the skin to keep it warm.|
|The Irish Elk's antlers span 12 feet from the tip of one to the tip of the other!|
|Smilodon were apex Ice Age predators. Many scientists believe these cats hunted large prey in packs.|
“Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, 'Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.'” Genesis 9:1.
God told Noah and his sons to fill the earth and multiply. But as they multiplied, the human population disobeyed God. In Genesis 11, we learn that they remained in one place in the Middle East and decided to construct a tower that would reach to the heavens. As usual, God insured that His will came to pass and He confused their languages. Since humans could no longer work together, they (finally!) spread across the earth. Just like the animals, humans adapted and diversified to cope with the different environments they faced. This is why we have different people groups throughout the world today.
|Even though God told Noah and his descendants to spread across the earth, humans remained in one place and attempted to construct a large tower that reached to the heavens, later to be called the Tower of Babel.|
|Even though they had several differences from us, neanderthals were 100% human, capable of speech, art and a concept of the after life.|
|The Ice Age ended as glaciers receded north and the climate changed. Animals like the woolly mammoth became extinct.|
|Using the Bible as our guide, fossils provide us an excellent window into the exciting history of our planet's past!|
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