by Chris Parker, Copyright, s8intcom 2008ÃÂ
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The Problem of 200 lb. Eagles Ã¢â¬ÅGliders and sailplanes have wings made for maximum lift and, hence, relatively lumbering flight. Fighter aircraft have wings made for aerial maneuver and fast flight, but nowhere near as much lift.
For that reason, if a C5-A is the largest transport plane which modern technology allows us to build, and it is, then you do not expect to see a fighter plane five times the size of a C5-A, the reasons being fairly obvious.
Likewise, the albatross and certain condors are bird equivalents of sailplanes and transports and, at 30 – 35 lbs. or so, albatrosses have enough trouble with takeoffs and landings for sailors to call them “gooney birds”.
You therefore do not expect to see an eagle or a hawk, or anything like that, basically a bird equivalent of a fighter aircraft made for maneuver and pursuit, five times the size of the largest albatross, for the same reason which you do not see a fighter five times the size of the C5-A.
If, on the other hand, you DID see something like that in prehistoric times, then you have to figure something was very different in the extent to which gravity itself, the limiting factor here, operated in prehistoric times.Ã¢â¬Â Ted Holden, Bearfabrique.org
Speaking generally, if youÃ¢â¬â¢re a bible believer you believe in a worldwide flood. Such a flood would have been so catastrophic, that much of what is seen today with respect to the earthÃ¢â¬â¢s past would have to be seen through that lens.
If on the other hand youÃ¢â¬â¢re an evolution believer, you need uniformism to be the order of the day so that you can make accurate statements about the past based on the present. Evolution is built on uniformism and relies on it; catastrophism means that we can not understand the past at all based on what we see in the present.
There was something going on with gravitation in earthÃ¢â¬â¢s distant or not so distant past that is unaccounted for by current scientific theories and which might help us understand which is these viewpoints is correct. Birds with wingspans of up to twenty-five feet lived and flew in those days. Much smaller birds have trouble even getting airborne these days.
There existed in the past sauropod dinosaurs which were well over 100 feet from head to tail. In todayÃ¢â¬â¢s gravity, those creatures would not be able to hold their heads up even to stand.. Basically, the larger an animal becomes the larger and thicker will his bones have to be. However, the gross weight of large animals increases faster than that same animalÃ¢â¬â¢s musculature and strength.ÃÂ
At some point, the animalÃ¢â¬â¢s weight would be unsupportable by bone and muscle. Estimates of this maximum possible weight ranges from 20,000 to 40,000 pounds under earthÃ¢â¬â¢s current gravity. The largest elephants weigh in at about 20,000 pounds and all they can get up to is a brisk walk.
The largest sauropods were thought to have weighed as much as 360,000,000 pounds, some nine times the estimated upper limit for a land animal in todayÃ¢â¬â¢s gravity.
Dinosaurs werenÃ¢â¬â¢t the only mega creatures in the earthÃ¢â¬â¢s past. As weÃ¢â¬â¢ve shown in the section of s8int.com called Ã¢â¬ÅMega FaunaÃ¢â¬Â in the past virtually everything was bigger; i.e. a rhino, 17 feet at the shoulders, deer, eight feet at the shoulder, pigs the size of cows, a type of sloth the size of a monkey today was over 18 feet long in the past, a fifteen foot penguin, dragon flies with two foot wing spans.etc..
Not only that, “there were giants in those days”, according to the Bible and to the fossil record. Skeletons of men have been reportedly found which were ten, eleven and even thirteen feet high-or more.
Samuel Hubbard reportedly found three fossilized giant humans in the Grand Canyon which were eighteen feet tall. There are historical accounts of even taller human beings. There is no easy explanation for these phenomena in the current evolution uniformism paradigm.
We come finally to the subject of this short article. How can petrified trees provide additional support to the idea that gravity was attenuated in the past as compared to today?
To answer that question, we first go to science.
Much as some have worked to establish the maximum size of a land vertebrate under current gravity conditions, scientist George Koch and colleagues believe that they have established the upper limit for tree height. In an article entitled Ã¢â¬ÅStudy Limits Maximum Tree HeightÃ¢â¬Â, by Jonathan Amos, which appeared in the BBC News Online in April 2004, that maximum tree height is about 425 feet.
They studied giant redwoods, the tallest trees on earth in Humboldt County California to reach these conclusions. They hypothesized and verified experimentally that as trees reached the height of 425 they could pump less and less water and nutrients up to new growth at that level. No current tree in the world has reached this height.
ÃÂ In effect, maximum tree growth is limited by gravity and friction.
Back in 1938, some scientists were speculating that the earth was shrinking and gravity along with it because of a huge petrified pine tree, well over three hundred feet tall found in the Rainbow Petrified Forest in Arizona.
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