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.
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