When Marine Reptiles Ruled the Sea: Huge Ichthyosaur Fossil Find Challenges 6-Day Creationism

Naturalis Historia

Can you imagine the world’s oceans filled with carnivorous reptiles?  Dinosaurs are the most famous members of the age of the reptiles.  However, many of the original reptilian fossil discoveries that initiated the idea of the age of reptiles were not dinosaurs.  They were instead reptiles that lived in the sea.

In the late 1700s and early 1800, naturalists discovered mosasaurs, ichthyosaurs, and plesiosaurs, three large groups of aquatic reptiles (see my recent article:  Mary Anning:  Plesiosaurs, Pterosaurs and the Age of Reptiles).  Hundreds of these species once existed. Surprisingly, discoveries of these extinct marine reptiles are nearly as common as that of new dinosaurs.  These amazing creatures present serious challenges to the 6-day creationists paradigm but viewed from a deep time perspective add to our awe of the extent of God’s creation.

The Tyndall Glacier.  It is in the rocks exposed here that the Ichthyosaurs were found.  PR image. The Tyndall Glacier. It is in the rocks exposed here that the Ichthyosaurs were found. PR image.

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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3 Responses to When Marine Reptiles Ruled the Sea: Huge Ichthyosaur Fossil Find Challenges 6-Day Creationism

  1. When I was in Scotland many years ago; my friends and I went to Iverness and its Loch looking for Nessie the Lochness monster, we didn’t find her, but we met an adorable old lady who emphatically believed that she had seen Nessie on more then one occasion. 🙂

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  2. jamesbradfordpate says:

    Maybe she did! 😀

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