Top Ten New Species Chosen












Unusual creatures dominate this year's list
drawn up by a group of taxonomists.

Summary: Some strange creatures are found on a list of newly-
discovered species from around the world.  The list was created by
the International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State U.
along with an international committee of taxonomists.  Each May the
group announces its choices, and participants are allowed to draw up
their own criteria.  Selections can be made based on anything from
unique attributes to odd names.  The announcement is timed to
coincide with the May 23 birthday of Carolus Linnaeus, who developed
the scientific system for plant and animal names some 250 years ago.

The annual list shows how little scientists know about Earth's species,
according to Quentin Wheeler, director of the ASU institute.  "For us to
sit back and think we understand evolutionary history — how life arose
and why it's as diverse as it is — is a joke when we're missing 80 percent
of the evidence," Wheeler said.   Scientists to date have documented
about two million species, but another ten million may still be unknown.
On this year's list are...

Darwin's Bark Spider — found in Madagascar, it makes the world's
largest webs of any single spider, as wide as 82 feet.

Titantic Bacteria — discovered on and named after the
Titanic
shipwreck, it is part of a family never before seen so deep underwater,
about 2.4 miles below the surface.

Pancake Batfish — flat like a pancake, it can walk along the seafloor in
a manner not unlike that of a walking bat.

Glow-in-the-Dark Mushroom — found in the Brazilian rain forest, it glows
nonstop.

T. Rex Leech — this bloodsucker can grow up to three inches in length,
has relatively large teeth like its dinosaur namesake, and feeds on
eyes and internal organs of mammals.

Underwater mushroom — found in a river in Oregon, it's the first
mushroom known to bear fruit underwater.

Jumping cockroach — this South African insects has legs designed for
jumping and is the first jumping cockroach known to exist since the late
Jurassic period.

Walter's Duiker — the new antelope was first discovered at a West
African bush-meat market.

Human-sized lizard — living in the Philippines, the fruit-eating, tree-
dwelling lizard, at 6.6-feet-long, is as big as a human and somehow
avoided detection until now.

Raspy Cricket — makes a raspy sound and is the only known pollinator
of a rare orchid growing on the French island of Réunion in the Indian
Ocean.

(Photo of a Darwin's bark spider web from
Wikipedia, credited to
Lalueza-Fox, C.; Agnarsson, I.; Kuntner, M.; Blackledge, T..)

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC.

Comment: One might sense a bit of frustration in the comments of Mr.
Wheeler as he tries to make sense out of all these newly-discovered
creatures within the context of Darwinian evolution.  For Bible-believing
Christians, all these news species aren't a cause for frustration but
another reason to marvel — at the ingenuity of the Creator.

One will also note that these new species are "newly-discovered"
species, and no attempt was made by the scientists to imply that they
had recently "evolved."  Still, it bears repeating that, using the modern
definition for a "species," creationists must no longer insist on "fixity of
species" — in other words, that a new species cannot come into
existence.  The creationist website for
Answers in Genesis, in fact,
mentions one apparent example of a new species in modern times — a
sockeye salmon that between 1937 and 1945 had split into two
reproductively isolated populations.  The word
species at one time was
equated to the biblical word
kind, but it now has taken on a narrower
definition.  It
is proper and correct to say that no new "kind" of creature
has ever evolved or come into existence since creation.

Anyone who wishes to believe that there might still be living dinosaurs
hiding out in some isolated spot might have their hopes raised by the
discovery of the human-sized lizard.  If this lizard could go on
undetected so long, who can say that a dinosaur at least as large
might not be similarly living undiscovered somewhere?  

The whole point of once again raising questions about the theory of
evolution is its serious impact on true Christianity and the Gospel of
salvation.  If true, evolution raises questions about when the human soul
came into existence, how sin entered the world, and why we need a
Savior if we're evolving upward or getting better naturally on our own.  
Thank God that the Holy Scriptures are reliable and are not ever-
changing like the opinions of mankind.  "
From infancy you have known
the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation
through faith in Christ Jesus
." (2 Timothy 3:15)  

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Gerhold L. Lemke wrote: These creatures are good examples for what
I've called God's BINGO card of giving us examples of every "kind" (fossil
or living) in every category (such as plants or animals at home underwater).  
Besides discoveries recently made, we have some newly reported in a big
way that nobody can miss.  Google for: Gobekli Tepe Geographic, and:
Gobekli Tepe Smithsonian, which together provide a perfect report of human
prehistory at the top of the Fertile Crescent.  

Dates given here are 9600-8200 BC, given the flint working style and
artifacts matching nearby sites C-14 dated to ca. 9000 BC.  Some 6,000
years before Stonehenge.  There's also a "Stratum II Pre-Pottery
Neolithic B" at 7500-6000 BC, which your "Answers in Genesis" friends
really ought to try to explain for us, given their bold bottom line, that
Noah's Flood did a clean sweep of everything (!!?) during the year
2349-2348 BC.  

Given my "tranquil" worldwide Flood date of 6000 BC, and Creation
(including all dinosaur fossils) less than 10,000 years ago, I need the
Gobekli Tepe site to be about 2,000 years younger than Carbon-14
would say.  Now I've figured it out.  Start with a credible reality, that God
created several feet of good, carbon-rich (but poor in C-14, being a
product of "age") topsoil everywhere, including here in Turkey.  God
also created the original grain species here (as you see in the
"Geographic").  Wild grain drops each seed as it matures, so young
grazing animals born in the spring would find this grain perhaps blown
together with some dry, black soil, and eat it all together, sending a
diluted proportion of C-14 to their growing bones.  These would test as
being a bit "older" than they really were.  

So I can picture Gobekli Tepe as being the "city" of Cain (Genesis 4:17)
build by his nomad descendants about 7500 to 6500 BC for fall
gatherings of many clans, each with their own totem animal, where
marriages would be made.  

This, then, is where your LSI needs to "get real" and tell the world
that a Flood date of 2349-2348 is total nonsense.  Gobekli Tepe is
an "in your face" reality that isn't going to go away, and now the world
has it to chew on, for good or ill, as we want to do our best for Christian
apologetic.
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Jordan wrote: The T. rex leech sounds pretty cool. I wonder what God was
thinking when He made THAT!

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On the contrary, bedbug infestations could triple
this year.  They are most common July through
September.  Bedbugs are difficult to eradicate
and can live for a year without feeding.

Source: Jeffrey White, entomologist, as reported
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Decades ago I attended a
so-called Lutheran
university where I could
have lost my faith. The
science professors promoted
the theory of evolution and
made fun of anybody who
believed in the account of
creation as presented in
the book of Genesis.
Thanks be to God, some
creationist literature and
the Bible soon helped get
me back on the right track.
Ever since then I have
taken an active interest in
the creation/evolution
controversy.

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