William A. Williams:
32. VESTIGIAL ORGANS
The claim is made that the so-called rudimentary organs in the human body such as the appendix, are the remnants of more complete organs inherited from our animal ancestors. It is a strange argument that a once complete and useful organ in our alleged animal ancestors, when it becomes atrophied in man, causes such an improvement and advance, as to cause man to survive, when his ancestors with more perfect organs became extinct. Man with less perfect organs became the dominant species. If the perfect organ were better than the rudimentary organ, how can man be the “survival of the fittest”? If rudimentary organs are a proof of descent from animals with more extensive, if not more perfect, organs, then both man and monkeys must be descended from the rat, which has the longest proportionate appendix of all. If unused muscles speak of our ancestry, the horse has the strongest claim to be our ancestor.
But many organs, such as “the thyroid gland, the thymus gland, and the pineal gland,” formerly classified as rudimentary organs, are found to be very useful and necessary.
Physicians have found the appendix very useful in preventing constipation, which its removal usually increases. If we only knew enough, we would, no doubt, discover a beneficial use for all the so-called vestigial organs. Our ignorance is no argument against the wisdom of their creation. The claim that human hair is vestigial is spoiled by the fact that there is none on the back where most abundant on simians.
William A. Williams:
31. PICTURES IN CAVERNS
To bolster up the hypothesis, that some of the scraps of bones belonged to ape-men; who lived about 50,000 years ago, we are told that, in many caverns there are paintings of animals, some of which are extinct, proving that the artists were ape-men of advancing intellect, living in that day. These drawings are rude, and inexact, and the resemblance to extinct animals rather fanciful. If the writer were to try to draw a picture of a horse on the stone walls of a dark cavern, with no light, it would be just as likely to resemble an extinct animal, or possibly an animal that never did live and never will. Many of the paintings are found in the depths of unlit caverns, often difficult of access. How could they paint any picture in the dark, when even fire was unknown, and the torch and lamp-wick had not yet been invented? And how could they make a ladder, or erect scaffolding of any sort in that rude age, before there were inventions of any kind? Yet they tell us that the frescoes on the ceiling of the dark cavern of Altamira, Spain, were made 25,000 to 50,000 years ago, when fire was unknown, and they ask us to believe that several colors are used, brown, red, black, yellow, and white; and that these drawings and colors have remained undisturbed and unchanged through these long ages. Is it easier to believe this, than to believe that these drawings were made by modern man, using modern inventions? A theory left to such support, must be poverty-stricken in argument indeed.
Interesting that one can acknowledge a common origin of the species seen today, as long as it’s not Adam and Eve:
The original flower from which all flowering plants on Earth came from has been reconstructed by scientists for the first time..
Researchers from the Université Paris-Sud found that this one flower diversified into the 300,000 different species of flowers that we enjoy today…
But how the first flowering plants – which represent around 90 per cent of all plants on Earth – came into existence is still a big mystery.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4746798/First-flowering-plant-140-millions-years-ago-reconstructed.html
The latest study published in the journal titled American Scientist is an article titled “Reexamining Lyell’s Laws” by New York Professor Michael Rampino. The article opines that “Increasing evidence points to the role of periodic catastrophes in the shaping [of] Earth’s history, challenging long-standing dogma within geology.”[i]…
In his article, Rampino straight out stated that the scientific “evidence shows that Lyell was fundamentally wrong. Catastrophes indeed caused many major changes that we see in the geological record.”[ii]
[i] Michael Rampino. 2017. Reexamining Lyell’s Laws. American Scientist. 105(4):224-231. July-August.
[ii] Rampino. 2017. p. 226
Read more: https://crev.info/2017/07/lyell-geology-untenable/
A creationist who sued the Grand Canyon for refusing him to collect 50 to 60 fist-sized rocks has dropped the lawsuit after national park authorities caved into his request.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4653762/Creationist-sued-Grand-Canyon-discrimination-WINS.html
Interesting to see that a mass extinction event can be acknowledged, as long as it’s not a global flood. Creationists say that there was a global flood followed by an ice age. What is stated below is entirely consistent with that claim, allowing for adjustments to dating based on the methods used:
A huge species of megashark that ruled the oceans was wiped out in a catastrophic extinction event over two million years ago, according to a new study….
The disappearance of a large number of land animals such as saber-toothed cat and the mammoth during the ice age is well known.
Now, researchers at the University of Zurich and the Naturkunde Museum in Berlin have shown that a similar extinction event had taken place earlier, in the oceans.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4633660/Extinction-event-wiped-marine-animals.html