Archive for April 30th, 2007

Archaeologists are Uncovering a Huge Prehistoric “Lost Country” Hidden Below the North Sea

Science, The Flood of Noah, Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
Apr 30 2007

By Sean Coughlan

BBC News education

This lost landscape, where hunter-gatherer communities once lived, was swallowed by rising water levels at the end of the last ice age.

University of Birmingham researchers are heralding “stunning” findings as they map the “best-preserved prehistoric landscape in Europe”. This large plain disappeared below the water more than 8,000 years ago.

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Assyrian Smilodon? Science Says No, but His Smile Says, Yes!

Dinosaurs in Literature,, Science, Uncategorized, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Apr 30 2007


Photo: Assyrian Smilodon, estimated by the museum to be from the
period, 2000 B.C. to 200 B.C.

If one puts the best face possible on this for the current expert scientific position on smilodon, this piece represents a species that became extinct only 10,000 years ago (longer for other species of Smilodon, see below).

If so, then the experts may be off by only 8,000 years or so, or approximatly 300%. That’s pretty close when compared to other creatures we’ve discussed on these pages. As the saying goes….hand grenades and horse shoes….

Of course, there may be some who don’t agree that this piece in fact represents Smilodon, we don’t want to ignore that as a possibility, however remote.


Smilodon (IPA: /smailəʊdÉ‘n/, a bahuvrihi from Greek: σμίλη “knife” and (Ionic) ὀδών “tooth”) is an extinct genus of large machairodontine sabre-toothed cats that are understood to have lived between approximately 3 million to 10,000 years ago in North and South America.

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Dutchman’s Noah’s Ark Opens Doors

Religious, Science, Sophistication of Ancestors, The Flood of Noah, Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
Apr 30 2007


Photo: The ark is nearly three storeys high

A half-sized replica of the biblical Noah’s Ark has been built by a Dutch man, complete with model animals.

Dutch creationist Johan Huibers built the ark as testament to his literal belief in the Bible.

The ark, in the town of Schagen, is 150 cubits long – half the length of Noah’s – and three storeys high. A cubit was about 45cm (18in) long. The ark opened its doors on Saturday, after almost two years’ construction, most of it by Mr Huiber himself.

‘Past comprehension’

 “The design is by my wife, Bianca,” Mr Huibers said. “She didn’t really want me to do this at all, but she said if you’re going to anyway, it should look like this.”

Life-size models of giraffes, elephants, lions, crocodiles, zebras and bison are included in the ark’s interior. The Bible’s Book of Genesis says Noah kept seven pairs of most tamed animals and one breeding pair of all other creatures in the boat, which survived a catastrophic flood sent down by God to punish man.

Mr Huibers, a contractor, built the ark out of cedar and pine – because Biblical scholars are still not sure as to which type of wood was used in the ark’s construction. He began building in May 2005, after he dreamed of the Netherlands being flooded.

“In February 1992, I had a dream that Holland will become flooded. The next day, I found a book about Noah’s Ark in the local bookshop, and since then, my dream has been to build the ark,” he said. Visitors were stunned. “It’s past comprehension,” Mary Louise Starosciak told the Associated Press.

“I knew the story of Noah, but I had no idea the boat would have been so big.” The ark includes a 50-seat theatre showing a segment of the Disney film Fantasia retelling the story of Noah’s Ark.

US visitor Lois Poppema told AP she thought the Netherlands was the right place for an ark to be built: “Just a few weeks ago we saw Al Gore on television .. saying that all Holland will be flooded. “I don’t think the man who made this ever expected that global warning will become [such an important] issue – and suddenly having the ark would be meaningful in the middle of Holland.”

BBC News Sunday, April 27