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Does Global Warming Cause Animals to Shrink?

Genesis 8:21-22: And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done. While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

A recent science article in London’s Telegraph newspaper stated:

Animals could start shrinking because of global warming, scientists have predicted, after discovering that mammals became ‘dwarfed’ in a similar episode of climate change 50 million years ago.

There are so many problematic assumptions behind that sentence, many of which are not even addressed in the article.

“Animals could start shrinking… scientists have predicted” says the article. But a statement of what could happen is not really a prediction. It is an assumption. The article states that this shrinkage could be because of global warming. Of course, the implication of the text is that this warming is anthropogenic global warming; that is, caused by human activity. However, this is to assume that the phenomenon of anthropogenic global warming is established science. It is not.

The evidence offered for this prediction of dwarfing is that it supposedly happened before, 50 million years ago. This dating is based on the level of the layer, in which a particular fossil was discovered. Leaving aside, for a moment, our beef with this form of dating, we note that the fossil was of an animal claimed by evolutionists to be an ancestor of the horse, appearing to be smaller than the average horse. But this is one fossil. Could it simply be that this was a small example of the creature? Could it have been something other than a horse? And to what modern horse are they comparing sizes?

Evolution spins an entertaining story. For the truth of what happened in the past, we need divine revelation, and that is what we have in His inspired word, the Bible.

Prayer: Father God, we thank You that we have the truth about how this world came to be, because You have revealed it to us in Your word. Amen.

Notes: Knapton, S. (3/15/2017), Climate change could shrink animals, warn scientists, < >, retrieved 3/17/2017. Image: Eduard Sòla, Creative Commons Share-Alike 3.0 Unported

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