Archive for October, 2006

7.5 Meter (24.6 feet)Giants in Ecuador? And the Giant Footprints of Tawara

Giants in Those Days, Uncategorized, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Oct 31 2006

 

In still another battle, which took place at Gath, there was a huge man with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot—twenty-four in all. He also was descended from Rapha. 2 Samuel 21:20

 

The Giant Bones from Ecuador 

“The myths of all peoples tell of giants with superhuman strength. Most scientists doubt that there are real foundations for this.

But a find from Ecuador might point to the existence of an unknown early race of giants….Voyager.rai.it

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Plan of a Private Home in Ur of the Chaldeans at the Time of Abraham, 2,100 B.C

Science, Sophistication of Ancestors, Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
Oct 29 2006

“By the time Hammurabi took the Babylonian throne, in the eighteenth century BC, Ur was already a place of considerable antiquity. It had already been occupied for something like 3500 years, making it one of the oldest cities in the world. 

Its inhabitants were Sumerians, the people who ‘invented’ the very notion of cities and civilization. Their ancestors were farmers who had moved into the plains of southern Mesopotamia by the sixth millennium BC.

It was a fertile land, with enormous agricultural potential if only it was not so dry. The Sumerians had mastered the techniques of irrigation, however, and used them to produce huge quantities of grain to feed a rapidly growing population.

Private Houses 

Private houses are all of a broadly similar type although the scale and the exact layout might vary. Typical is the house at No. 3 Gay Street. (Woolley named the streets after those he knew well from his student days at Oxford)”….Ur in the Age of Hammurabi, by William Rowbotham

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Scientists Find Lamprey A ‘Living Fossil’: 360 Million-year-old Fish Hasn’t Evolved Much

Church of Darwin, Religious, Science, Uncategorized, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Oct 27 2006

 

“And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. And the evening and the morning were the fifth day”…Genesis 1 

Scientists from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and the University of Chicago have uncovered a remarkably well-preserved fossil lamprey from the Devonian period that reveals today’s lampreys as “living fossils” since they have remained largely unaltered for 360 million years.

“It (the fossil) reveals that the anatomical evolution of lampreys is more conservative than scientists thought, Coates added. Although they’ve gotten slightly longer, they specialized early and successfully and thus appeared to have stayed much the same for the past 360 million years.”

The scientists describe the new find in the article, “A lamprey from the Devonian of South Africa,” to be published in the Oct. 26, 2006, issue of Nature. (Image courtesy of University of Chicago Medical Center)

 

Evangelical Schools Ordered to Teach Darwin
Comply or Shut Down

Church of Darwin, Fin De Siecle, Religious, Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
Oct 27 2006

David Rogers; with files from Joanne Laucius, National Post; CanWest News Service Published: Tuesday, October 24, 2006 Published: Tuesday, October 24, 2006  

OTTAWA – The Quebec Ministry of Education has told unlicensed Christian evangelical schools that they must teach Darwin’s theory of evolution and sex education or close their doors after a school board in the Outaouais region complained the provincial curriculum was not being followed.“Quebec children are legally required to follow the provincial curriculum … but these evangelical schools teach their own courses on creationism and sexuality that don’t follow the Quebec curriculum,” said Pierre Daoust, director-general of the Commission Scolaire au Coeur-des-Vallees in Thurso, Que. Mr. Daoust’s complaint sparked the province-wide investigation.

Quebec law requires school boards to assure the Ministry of Education that every child between the ages six of and 16, with the exception of home-schooled children, receives an adequate education, he said.

But the 20 elementary and high school students who attend a school operated by Eglise Evangelique near Saint-Andre-Avellin, Que., are being educated according to a Bible-based curriculum and their high school diplomas will not be recognized anywhere in Canada, he said.

Supporters of Eglise Evangelique, part of the l’Association des eglises evangeliques du Quebec, counter that the school teaches a “world view” that is essential for their students. “We offer a curriculum based on a Christian world view rather than humanistic world view,” said Alan Buchanan, chairman of a committee that reorganized the school’s administration this past summer, as well as a former Quebec public school teacher.

Mr. Buchanan said Eglise Evangelique teaches evolution as well as intelligent design.

“We want the children to understand what they’re going to meet in the outside world, and also what’s wrong with the theory,” he said. “We also teach that a better theory—that God created the universe and so on.” While the school doesn’t teach sex education, it does teach biology, he said.

“You have the Christian world view that says sex should only be in the marriage and a public school system that teaches kids about sexuality,” Mr. Buchanan said. “We believe students should be taught abstinence.” He said the school met provincial guidelines during two reviews conducted in the 1990s, although they were asked to add a Canadian history course.

Ministry spokeswoman Marie-France Boulay said yesterday the province will negotiate for several weeks with an unspecified number of evangelical schools to determine whether they can meet provincial standards that include the teaching of Darwin’s theory of evolution. Ms. Boulay said two or three unlicensed evangelical schools in the Outaouais are affected.

In addition to the 20 students at Eglise Evangelique, another 40 students attend an unlicensed evangelical school in Gatineau, Que., which falls under the jurisdiction of the Commission Scolaire des Draveurs. There is a third in Hull, Que., Mr. Daoust said. The other school boards haven’t complained.

The Quebec government knows of about 30 unlicensed religious schools in the province, including Hasidic schools and several evangelical Christian schools in Montreal, said Dermod Travis, who served on Quebec’s Comite sur la langue d’enseignement, a tribunal that hears special cases from the province’s educational system.

Other religious denominations may operate faith-based schools as well, but no one really knows where they are.

The Quebec government has known about unaccredited religion-based schools for years, but has tolerated them for fear of offending the denominations sponsoring them.

Members of the Pentecostal Eglise Nouvelle Alliance in Gatineau, which operates a school for about 40 students, refused to discuss the Ministry of Education investigation because their minister, Charles Boucher, is out of Canada until Nov. 1.

Ontario schools are not required to teach either evolution or sex education, said Elaine Hopkins, executive director of the 900-member Ontario Federation of Independent Schools, which has 120,000 children attending schools with a few as 10 students and as many as 1,000. Many parents send their children to independent schools because they object to the teaching of certain subjects in the public schools, she said. “These are issues that should be decided by the parents, not the province.”

At the elementary level in Ontario, there are no curriculum requirements for independent schools at all, although Ms. Hopkins points out that the industry is market-driven.

“It’s called direct accountability to the parents,” she said. “If you’re not going to teach reading, writing and arithmetic, the parents aren’t going to pay for it.”

At the high school level in Ontario, independent schools are inspected by Ministry of Education officials to ensure that they meet curriculum and hours-of-instruction guidelines for credits to be accepted by the ministry.

 

“Terror Bird”

Crypto, Dinosaurs in Literature, Giants in Those Days, s8int.com, Science, Uncategorized, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Oct 25 2006

Dog Swallower

“Imagine an ostrich with larger, more powerful legs and neck, armed with massive claws,” said Herculano Alvarenga, a terror-bird expert at the Museu de História Natural in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

“An ostrich, the largest living bird, can swallow an apple. But a phorusrhacid could swallow a medium-sized dog in one gulp,” Alvarenga said.

The smallest known terror bird, Psilopterus lemoinei, was the size of a harpy eagle and weighed about 18 pounds (8 kilograms). The largest terror bird was the gargantuan Brontornis burmeisteri, which stood nearly 10 feet (3 meters) tall and weighed a whopping 1,100 pounds (500 kilograms).

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‘Jurassic beaver’ Found in China
Oops! Evol Theory “off” by 100 Million years?

Church of Darwin, Science, Uncategorized, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Oct 25 2006

 

“And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.”..Genesis 1 “

Photo: An artist’s impression of Castorocauda lustrasimilis

“ The discovery of a beaver-like fossil that lived when the dinosaurs ruled the Earth could challenge some currently accepted ideas on mammal evolution.

“ Castorocauda lutrasimilis, which was unearthed in China, is a species previously unknown to science.

“ It dates back to 164 million years ago, a time when mammals were thought to be primitive creatures confined to land. But this animal was adapted to life in water, meaning scientists may now have to rethink their theories.

“ The fossil was found in the Middle Jurassic Jiulongshan Formation, a deposit rich in the remains of dinosaurs, early insects and other organisms. The creature had fur, a broad scaly tail, and webbed feet for swimming. It was about 42cm in length and had seal-like teeth for eating fish. Castorocauda lutrasimilis resembled a modern-day beaver, but belonged to a group that became extinct long before rodents appeared.

“ Aquatic mammal

“ Such advanced features have surprised many scientists, suggesting mammals that lived during the hey-day of the dinosaurs had already conquered a variety of environments. The mammals of the time were once thought to be largely primitive shrew-like creatures, scuttling at the feet of dinosaurs, and only flourishing when the dinosaurs died out some 65 million years ago.

“ Commenting on the find, revealed in the journal Science, Thomas Martin of the Forschungsinstitut Senckenberg in Frankfurt, Germany, said it showed mammals had conquered the water 100 million years earlier than previously thought.

“ “This exciting fossil is a further jigsaw-puzzle piece in a series of recent discoveries, demonstrating that the diversity and early evolutionary history of mammals were much more complex than perceived less than a decade ago,” he wrote.

“ Image courtesy of Mark A Klinger/CMNH.

Ancient Syrian Duck Billed Dinosaur Lamp?

Crypto, Dinosaurs in Literature, Uncategorized, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Oct 25 2006

 

Duck-Billed dinosaurs are said to have been the most common dinosaur type. Having seen thousands of current drawings representing various types of duck-bills, we’re confident that this ancient Syrian artifact represents one of those animals.

Rarely are these animals depicted with horns or beards as the ancient artist has done here, (he/she actually knows what the animal looked like). If one looks closely at the mouth (duck bill), jawline, eyes and head shape, compared to examples we’ve provided of certain duck billed dinosaurs, it seems clear what this artifact represents.

How would an ancient artist sculpt an accurate depiction of a duck billed dinosaur, hundreds of years before dinosaurs were “discovered” if he hadn’t seen one alive? Make up your own mind if the artist sculpted a mythological creature–or a living animal. The information presented below has an evolutionary prespective that we don’t agree with.

 

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Peru Link to Indian Archaeological find?

Sophistication of Ancestors, Uncategorized, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Oct 23 2006

 

By Harsh Kabra
Vadodara, Gujarat  

BBC NEWS 

Geologists have discovered a striking archaeological feature on a hillock in the Kutch district of the western Indian state of Gujarat. This feature is shaped like the Roman numeral VI. Each arm of this feature is a trench that is about two metres wide, two metres deep and more than 100 metres long.

The feature has evoked the curiosity of archaeologists because such signs have mostly been observed so far in Peru.

The team, led by Dr RV Karanth, a former professor of geology at the Maharaja Sayajirao University in Vadodara, Gujarat, has been involved in a palaeoseismological study of the Kutch region for the past 11 years. Palaeoseismology involves the study of sediments, landforms and other geological evidence of past earthquakes to unravel their history and determine the nature and occurrence of present-day earthquakes.

This feature was discovered at a hillock 3km from the sleepy oasis township of Khavda, which is also known as the gateway to the Rann of Kutch, an extensive salt marsh of western India and southeast Pakistan between the Gulf of Kutch and the Indus river delta.

Man-made feature?

The Kutch region is host to several archaeological findings belonging to the Harappan civilisation (3000-1500 BC). This has led to the speculation that this feature could be related to the Harappan civilisation.

Dr Karanth clarifies that it is too early to arrive at any conclusion. “It could be a manmade feature or may have been formed naturally due to erosion of the hill slope along a fracture formed by the movement of earth’s crust,” he says. “However structures formed naturally due to erosion generally tend to be parallel to each other. But here, all three arms are in different directions. Besides, all the ditches are almost uniformly wide and deep.”

Dr Karanth says such trenches have not been noticed elsewhere in the region. Archaeologists, he says, can now pursue further research.

Geometric lines and animal shapes etched into the desert plain by people of the Nazca civilisation (AD 1-700) of Peru are well known. “But such signs on hill-slopes have not been reported from Peru,” says Dr Karanth.

Astronomy

He says that one of the prominent explanations given for the Peruvian features is that they may have been constructed to make astronomical observations and calculations. “The Tropic of Cancer passes through Kutch. So if this structure is man-made, it is likely that the slope of the hillock was utilised for making certain astronomical calculations in the past,” explains the geologist.

Interestingly, there are numerous indications to suggest that Harappans were well-versed in astronomy. The straight streets of that time were oriented in the cardinal directions – east, west, north and south. Linkages between ancient Harappan scripts and latter Vedic texts also suggest that Harappan priest-astronomers tracked the progress of various planets and mapped the sky.

Dr Karanth has also discovered ruins of a fort-wall, houses, storage tank and a temple on the hilltop. They may, he says, belong to the period of the Kathi Darbar, a warrior class from the Kathiawad region.

Two 2,600 Year Old Pterosaurs, Luristan Culture

Crypto, Dinosaurs in Literature, Science, Uncategorized, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Oct 23 2006

For at least 2,600 years, ancient artists have depicted a winged flying creature with consistent features.

The silvered bronze artifact shown is from the Luristan culture, and is estimated to be 2,600 to 2,800 years old. It appears to be a long tailed pterosaur.

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The handle of this artifact from the Island of Samos is at least 2,600 years old and appears to depict a long beaked pterosaur.

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Eleven-millennium-old building Discovered in Syria

Science, Sophistication of Ancestors, Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
Oct 19 2006

DAMASCUS, Oct. 17 (Xinhua)—Archaeologists have unearthed an 11-millennium-old building on the banks of the Euphrates River in northern Syria, the official SANA news agency reported on Tuesday. 

The building, which dates back to 8,700 B.C., “may represent the oldest ritual practices related to the holy ox,” said Dr. Yousef Kanjo from the Archeological Department of Aleppo, in northern Syrian.

The ancient building, shaped like a wild ox skull, consists of a rectangular forepart with geometrical drawings in red, black and white colors, said the report, quoting a statement by the Aleppo Archeological Department.

On the two sides of the rectangle, two semi-circle walls representing the two horns of the ox were also found, said the report, adding that the house still keeps it original shape, colors and decoration works.

The site was discovered by the French-Syrian Archeological Mission for Excavations, SANA said.