That’s what I call a creepy-crawly!

by Richard on November 21, 2007

From the BBC…
“The immense fossilised claw of a 2.5m-long (8ft) sea scorpion has been described by European researchers.

The 390-million-year-old specimen was found in a Germany quarry, the journal Biology Letters reports.

The creature, which has been named Jaekelopterus rhenaniae, would have paddled in a river or swamp.

The size of the beast suggests that spiders, insects, crabs and similar creatures were much larger in the past than previously thought, the team says.”
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Kim 11.21.07 at 4:41 pm

390 million years-old? I don’t think so! It must be a hoax. And even if it were 5,000 years-old, how would Noah have gotten the bugger on the ark? And where would he have put it - in the swimming pool? It would have interfered with the shuffle board. Mrs. Noah would have gone berserk.

Mind, I have to admit that it looks more intelligently designed than that odd-looking creature to its right. What on earth is a “spowell”? Perhaps DH can shed some light on the matter.

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dh 11.21.07 at 4:48 pm

Well Scripture doesn\’t give insight into whether insects were on the ark. I got the impression from Scripture that was mammals and reptiles that crawled on the earth. Water based organisms were not on the ark in that they would survive in the water. Also, I have no problem with people believing it is 390 million years old because it in fact appears to be that. If one looks into Dr. D David Humphries findings one can see how something can appear to be very old and not be old at the same time white holes,etc. (I\’m not a scientist but some of the things regarding creation were very interesting and explained the appearance of the old).

to me this finding of this creature has no bearing on the fact there was a Noah, Ark and a world wide flood.

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Wood 11.21.07 at 7:42 pm

Kim, you’re being mean…

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dh 11.21.07 at 8:13 pm

“While some would have taken up a fully terrestrial existence, others like Jaekelopterus rhenaniae would have maintained an AQUATIC OR SEMI_AQUATIC LIFESTYLE.” This seems to confirm what I said earlier.

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Kim 11.21.07 at 10:15 pm

I know - the critter comes from another planet! Since evidently Dr. D. David Humphries does too, perhaps he can shed some light on the matter.

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Ivan the Crank 11.22.07 at 4:11 am

I guess that living in Florida for so long and seeing rather large alligators that are sometimes called “living fossils” because they supposedly have changed very little for mucho years and cockroaches that would give the giant sea scorpion a run for its money leaves me semi-unimpressed with this latest discovery. Yet, I wouldn’t want to run into one when it is in search of food. NPR says they didn’t have a stinger, but simply caught their prey and started munching.

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Wood 11.22.07 at 10:10 am

Lads! It’s a story about a really cool monster scorpion! Why sully the awesome-ness with another argument about creation?

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Richard 11.22.07 at 4:41 pm

Has there been an argument about creation before, then?

But you’re right — it is a beer-chillingly cool monster scorpion.

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ee 11.22.07 at 5:14 pm

In the drawing above, the man (Spowell) is lit from below, and therefore clearly e-vil. I’m looking forward to the movie where the really cool giant scorpion eats up the e-vil men bent on destroying the scorpion’s peaceful world.

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tortoise 11.22.07 at 9:57 pm

That’s an amazing creature, standing head and -er- shoulders above the chappie standing next to it. How on earth did it manage to stay upright, hopping about on that funny-shaped tail?

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Beth 11.23.07 at 12:23 am

Oh, tortoise, don’t be daft - clearly the man’s lying down next to the prone creature on a beach somewhere. You can tell by his traditional sunbathing posture - arms symmetrically posed in order to avoid those terrible wonky tan lines.

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