The American Alligator – Creation Minute 5

The Amazing Alligator

The American Alligator is a highly complex animal that is exquisitely designed for survival in swampy waters.

The armor plated alligator has thick scaly structures called scutes covering his body. Scutes (from the Latin Scuta meaning shield) are bony external plates. When a scute has a bony base it is called an osteoderm. The alligator has large osteoderms running down his back. These structures  protect him from many predators, such as fish, while the gator is young and still low on the food chain.

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The alligator is also perfectly camouflaged to its murky surroundings. Juveniles have high contrast markings to blend in to the reedy and grassy habitat along the water’s edge. These markings fade with age causing adults to appear a uniform black or dark green. This allows these apex predators to appear to be floating logs in the swamp, that is until they lunge with surprising agility and speed to catch their prey.

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The alligator is perfectly suited for his aquatic lifestyle. His eyes, nose and ear slits are all positioned on the top of his head, allowing most of his body to remain submerged while he monitors the water surface and shoreline. When he plunges into the water, his nose and ear slits are designed to close, keeping the water out. And to find his prey underwater, he has built-in goggles: nictitating membranes, clear membranes to cover his eyes. When the Alligator attacks his prey, and drags them underwater to eat, there is a special valve at the back of his throat that allows him to open his mouth and eat his food underwater without water flooding into his throat choking him.

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These are all amazing design features that God gave to the Alligator so that he can survive in the swamp.

While these creatures are certainly dangerous apex predators affected by the sin curse , it is important to remember that they still reflect the genius and handiwork of their Creator and they inspire a natural awe in us.

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Let us praise our Lord for the wonders that He has created for us to enjoy, appreciate, and learn from!

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Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God. Job 37:14

*Creation Minute Articles based on excerpts from the book, “Inspired Evidence” by Julie Von Velt and Bruce Malone.

Creation Minutes can be heard on Friendship With God Radio Program by Tom Cantor.

 

NEW Dinosaurs & the Bible Exhibit
Coming September 2014!

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You can help the Creation & Earth History Museum impact our culture as we begin to design and implement an exciting new exhibit.


Help history come alive
 through a new upcoming exhibit at the Creation & Earth History Museum. Explore artifacts documenting man’s interaction with dinosaurs and how dinosaurs have been represented in historical cultures throughout the world.

 

Help us bring real science to light as we examine modern scientific discoveries that point to dinosaurs having “recently” roamed the earth, such as soft tissue and what appears to be red blood cells fossilized in dinosaur bones.

 
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The Mouse Pyramids – Creation Minute 4

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The Mystery of the Mouse Pyramids

In the Sahara Desert, there lies a second, lesser known great pyramid mystery: the mystery of the mouse pyramids!

 

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No, not those mouse pyramids.

 

Mice inhabiting the sandy Sahara desert are continually  found to be building strange stone pyramids in front of the entrances to their burrows. What could be the purpose of such deliberate structures?

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The mice have a plan!

 

Biologists studying these mice have discovered that the mice almost exclusively use round stones to make these small pyramid-like constructions. The rounded shape allows air to flow freely around the smooth stones. During the night the temperature plummets and the stones become chilled, as the sun rises, the air heats up quickly, but the stones take longer to become hot. So moisture from the morning air condenses on the surfaces of the cool rocks and collects between the rounded edges. The mice then lick off the droplets. Believe it or not, this small bit of condensation is the primary source of water for these rodents!

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The same anomaly has been found to occur in at least one species of mouse in Australia, (P. chapmani) but instead of small pyramids, their stone arrangements may be up to three feet across! Again, the rounded stone pyramids provide just the right shape as a dew trap to collect water. So these examples of “mouse ingenuity”  leave those who believe in evolution with some difficult questions. How exactly did these mice learn to design and compose such pyramids to catch the dew? And how did at least two different species, half a world apart, arrive at the same solution to provide their water source for survival?

Our infinitely creative and ingenious God clearly knew that these mice would need a way to survive in these hot landscapes, so He built this essential knowledge into their DNA so they can survive!

He is before all things, and by Him all things consist. Colossians 1:17

*Creation Minute Articles based on excerpts from the book, “Inspired Evidence” by Julie Von Velt and Bruce Malone.

Creation Minutes can be heard on Friendship With God Radio Program by Tom Cantor.

Dr. Jobe Martin is coming to the Creation & Earth History Museum!

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Dr. Jobe Martin will be coming to our Thursday night Creation Fellowship Class! For those of you who have never been to the Creation Fellowship and Bible Study, it is a free class that we offer here in the auditorium at the Creation & Earth History Museum in Santee, CA. From time to time we have creationist speakers visit and provide edifying lectures and presentations. On Thursday, June 19th Jobe Martin will be speaking.

Jobe Martin, a native of Bloomsburg, PA, was a biology major at Bucknell University and a 1966 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Dental School. After spending two years in the Air Force where he was the dentist for the Presidential flight crew of Air Force One, he established a private dental practice at NASA in Houston.

Jobe and his wife, Jenna Dee, moved to Dallas in 1971 when he assumed a teaching post at Baylor University’s College of Dentistry. In 1982, he made the decision to enroll in the Th.M. program at Dallas Theological Seminary after which time Jobe and Jenna Dee founded their creation discipleship ministry, Biblical Discipleship Ministries.

Dr. Martin graduated in 1986 with a Masters of Theology in Systematic Theology, and has also obtained an Associates Degree in Business from Eastfield Community College in Dallas. He is the featured speaker on the three part DVD series, Incredible Creatures that Defy Evolution as well as the recently released Creation Proclaims DVD series. He has written the book The Evolution of a Creationist which also has an accompanying four part DVD study course by the same name. Jobe’s wife Jenna Dee is a retired R.N and ministers to ladies’ groups and does counseling with women. The Martins have two daughters, Taryn and Mirren, who were home-schooled for 12 years. Both are graduates of Pensacola Christian College with degrees in Elementary Education. Taryn and Mirren have also received Ph.D.’s in history, work with their parents in the ministry, and conduct seminars for young ladies. When they are not travelling in ministry, the Martin family resides in Rockwall, Texas.

You can learn more about Dr. Martin and his ministry here: http://biblicaldiscipleship.org/

 

 

The Trebuchet Plant! – Creation Minute 3

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The Trebuchet Plant!

The remarkable Bunchberry Dogwood plant currently holds the record as world’s fastest plant!

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This explosively quick pollinator owes its speed to a built-in trebuchet! A what you ask!?

A complex catapult like the ones used to launch large objects in the Middle Ages.

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The North-American Bunchberry stands only one-tenth of an inch tall, so it needs to send its pollen up and out!

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To catapult its pollen, bunchberry flower petals open, each petal is separated and flipped backwards, almost instantaneously (in less than half a millisecond) the stamen unfurls, catapulting pollen into the air, sending it off to pollinate other bunchberries.

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This causes the pollen to be subjected to 2,400 times the force of gravity!

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Building this plant trebuchet took careful planning and complex design, testifying to the creative designer, God who created all things. Did you know that this Designer is Jesus Christ?

For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: Colossians 1:16

How vast is the sea of God’s design that surrounds us!

Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of His holiness. Psalm 48:1

*Creation Minute Articles based on excerpts from the book “Inspired Evidence” by Julie Von Vett & Bruce Malone

Creation Minutes can be heard on Friendship with God Radio program by Tom Cantor

Fantastic Fingernails – Creation Minute 2

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Fantastic Fingernails

Have you ever considered the amazing design of the fingernail?

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Every tiny detail of the human body has been created with a purpose. How many of these purposes are we aware of? How many do we take for granted?

We have fingernails (and toenails) to protect our fingers and toes, like little, tiny hardhats.

But why do fingernails when torn tear across the nail instead of down towards the nail bed?

Scientists have found that it takes twice the energy to cut nails lengthwise compared to crosswise.

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Nails are made of 3 layers of keratin specifically arranged:
The top and bottom have randomly packed fibers to give the nail it’s strength.
The middle layer holds the key to crosswise tearing with keratin fibers running parallel to the base of the nail.

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God in His wisdom, takes special care of even the smallest details for our lives: even the way the fingernail tears!

Maybe we should stop and take a moment to thank God for our fingernails, toenails, and the countless other blessing He has given us in the design of the human body.

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Thou hast granted me life and favor, and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit. Job 10:12

 

*Creation Minute Articles based on excerpts from the book “Inspired Evidence” by Julie Von Vett & Bruce Malone

Creation Minutes can be heard on Friendship with God Radio program by Tom Cantor

The Museum is coming to CHEA’s 31st Annual Homeschool Convention

The Creation & Earth History Museum will be proudly participating in CHEA’s yearly big event in Anaheim, CA. It will once again be at the very kid-friendly Disneyland Hotel. Mickey png

 

 

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Kirk Cameron to Keynote, Host Film at the 31st Annual CHEA Homeschool Convention

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Does anyone else love this guy?

 

Here is some information about the event provided by CHEA.

 

Due to today’s controversial educational climate, more parents are looking for a Christ-centered educational choice. Homeschooling has become the method chosen by many parents. Inquirers, newcomers, and veterans alike will gather at the Disneyland® Hotel for California’s biggest homeschool event May 29-31, 2014. The Convention is hosted by the Christian Home Educators Association (CHEA) of California, the only statewide Christian homeschool advocacy organization, working on behalf of homeschooling year round for 32 years.

Kirk Cameron as Keynote Speaker, a free Mini Conference for New Homeschoolers, a high school graduation ceremony, the Themes in Focus Feature, a huge Exhibit Hall, a Used Curriculum Exchange, and family-friendly Disneyland® will make the Christian Home Educators Association’s (CHEA) upcoming 31st Annual Convention your family’s vacation destination.

Kirk Cameron, actor, homeschool dad, and CHEA Member, will provide a Keynote address Friday evening at the Convention and will host a free screening of his movie, Mercy Rule, for attendees.

            Steve and Annette Economides, America’s Money-Smart Family, and Dr. Brian Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) will be our other Keynote Speakers, joined by Andrew Pudewa of the Institute for Excellence in Writing as Featured Speaker.

A new feature this year is a free Mini Conference May 29 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. with Keynote Speaker Dr. Brian Ray. He will speak from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on “Just the Facts, Ma’am: Homeschooling Works.” After the Keynote Session, a free Introduction to Home Education will be held from 6:35 to 8 p.m. plus free entry to the Exhibit Hall Preview from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Attendees may attend either or both of the first two sessions (Keynote, Intro Session), but in order to participate in the third session (Exhibit Hall Preview), attendees must attend the Free Introduction Session. 

            Our new Themes in Focus feature highlights subjects that attendees have indicated are most important. These will include beginning homeschooling, special needs, high school and beyond, preschool, family life and finances, and worldview. This year’s nearly 70 workshops include something for all homeschoolers, from beginners to veterans.

No CHEA Convention is complete without the nearly 200 exhibit booths in the Exhibit Hall including curriculum, college prep, colleges, ministry, teaching resources, and more. Thursday evening is the Grand Opening of the Exhibit Hall (Convention registration required). There will be nearly 50 individual exhibitor workshops where you can get more specific information on curriculum and other products.

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For more information click here:

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This will be our 3rd time to be a participant at this exciting event! It is always a tremendous blessing to meet more Christian homeschooling parents and their children as we get the opportunity to speak about God’s creation, science, and history. If you see our booth, please stop by and introduce yourselves. Hope to see you there!