Giant snake swam Sahara seaway, according to reports in a Press Release from American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in Eurekalert and PhysOrg 8 July 2019, Gizmodo 8 July 2019 and Bulletin of American Museum of Natural History No. 436. 28 June 2019.
An international team of scientists have conducted a survey of rock layers and fossils found during three expeditions in Mali West Africa. This region is now part of the Sahara Desert. The rock layers are dated as “Upper Cretaceous-Lower Paleogene” i.e. between 50 and 100 million years ago.
The fossils confirm previous evidence that this region was once part of a massive seaway that extended through West Africa from the Mediterranean Sea to the Gulf of Guinea. According to the research team: “Although it varied in size through time, the Trans-Saharan Seaway is estimated to have covered as much as 3000 km2 of the African continent and was approximately 50 m deep.”
Maureen of Maureen O’Leary of Stony Brook University, New York described the fossil findings: “Fossils found on the expeditions indicate that the sea supported some of the largest sea snakes and catfish that ever lived, extinct fishes that were giants compared to their modern day relatives, mollusk-crushing fishes, tropical invertebrates, long-snouted crocodilians, early mammals and mangrove forests.” The catfish were estimated to be 5 feet (1.5m) long and the sea snake up to 40 feet (12.3m) long.
The AMNH Press Release is entitled “Ancient Saharan seaway shows how Earth’s climate and creatures can undergo extreme change” and includes the following comment about climate change: “scientists currently predict that global warming will result in the sea rising two meters by the end of the 21st century. The study in the Bulletin describes how, in the Late Cretaceous, the time under study, sea level rise far exceeded that which is predicted by human-induced climate change. In the Late Cretaceous sea level was 300m higher than present – 40 percent of current land was under water, which is very different from today. This information underscores the dynamic nature of Earth.”
Editorial Comment: The earth’s climate and creatures have certainly changed, but notice what has changed. A waterway that was teeming with life is now a harsh desert with very little life, and once giant creatures have shrunk or become extinct. Today’s sea snakes rarely get to be 2 metres (6ft 6ins) long. That is certainly change, but it is degeneration and loss.
As for the change in sea levels in the light of current climate controversy – we couldn’t say it better ourselves. Notice it suits mainstream scientists and media to admit the climate was once warmer with higher sea levels if they hide it behind millions of years.
What does this mass of evidence really show? The giant animals and extinct creatures are evidence the earth was once a much better place for animal life, but has degenerated severely. The rock layers and fossils indicate that sea levels and climate have changed dramatically, and the environment in West Africa has dried out after being covered with water. Overall the evidence from these rock layers and fossils is better explained by the Biblical history of the world, i.e. created perfection followed by degeneration due to human sin and God’s judgement.
Evidence News vol. 19, No. 12
10 July 2019
Creation Research Australia
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