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Do you think he saurus?

You stand on an expansive open prairie knee deep in strange fern like plants. Their rubbery branches brush against your legs as the warm breeze washes over you. You look out towards the towering mountains, covered in conifer trees. You hear a strange noise from there. Like a loud moan of a dying cow and you wonder what it could be. In fact, you wonder where you are also, this land seems different, like nothing you have ever seen.

You hear a faint rumbling coming from behind you and you turn to see what it is. There is nothing there. The rumbling gives way to a dull roar, and then the earth beneath you really starts to pulsate. From behind a copse of conifer trees comes a huge long necked quadrupedal creature, and as it extends from behind the trees you see that it is almost sixty meters in length. This creature is massive and it is not alone. A whole herd of these beasts lumbers around the bend. These creatures are called Amphicoelias. Close relatives of Diplodocus but almost twice the length.

As these massive creatures casually stroll past, you now manage to grasp the immense size of these monstrosities. It’s nearly the length of a Boeing 747!

Well in case you couldn’t guess you are now standing in the late Jurassic, 150 million years ago. These animals were the largest land animals to ever exist and maybe the largest animals to exist in the future. To get to this point try and imagine the amount of different animals that have been and gone with the final culmination being a creature of such colossal size that it is almost the size of a 747 Jumbo jet.

Lets also think about how many other dinosaurs and other animals there were even before this time slot of a 150 million years ago and lets think about how many have existed since then! I wanted to write this article because I want to try and convey how lucky we are that we even exist, how lucky we are that we have had such a rich and diverse Earth history.
The Ancestor's Tale, Richard Dawkins
We don’t need magical stories from old books to give us awe in the world and to make us excited of our existence. All we need to do is look back and be humbled by what we see. Our existence is such a small dot in the evolutionary time line of Earth and the universe and it is wonderful that we are alive today to look back on it. If you are interested in looking back at the worlds evolutionary history and getting a grasp of the vast amount of time it has taken to get to us, check out The Ancestor’s Tale by Richard Dawkins. This book will truly enrich anyone’s understanding of the world we live in. It certainly opened my mind to how big the world is and how little we actually know about it.




    • John Lapworth
    • Posted January 7, 2008 at 1:03 pm
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    I agree with you it is an extra-ordinary tale and well worth the time it takes to read it, however as a Baptist friend once told me- you’ve got your science, I’ve got my faith. He knows Ken Ham personally so i guess that’s that.

    I like your blog and its references.

    • Kyle
    • Posted January 7, 2008 at 1:08 pm
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    Yes its magical, now lets move on. We still have to reach the end of mankind!

    Not too long now, wee!

    • skelliot
    • Posted January 7, 2008 at 9:22 pm
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    Thank you John.

    What an utter privilege to know someone as prestigious as Ken Ham! 😛

    Think yourself lucky that you chose proof, reason and logic over magic, sky friends and fairy tales.


    • SlapStickLife
    • Posted January 8, 2008 at 1:42 pm
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    You mean magic, sky friends and fairy tales are not true? I was kinda hoping someone would prove some of it. I am so disappointed.
    In the mean time I still have the magic of learning the incredible stuff that actually DID exist. Your helping, thanks.

  1. It’s completely awe inspiring to look outside out own little private fiefdom… modern historians annoy the shit out of me, purely because they look at the last 10,000yrs if you’re lucky. All the interesting things happened much further back in time. You mentioned the age of the dinosaurs, but how about back even further, where there was no oxygen in the atmosphere. When the earth was just a hot smelly cesspool of nitrogen and sulfur.

    But let’s not hold our focal lengths within the realms of earth. Look beyond our beautiful world and see the majesty of Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune. I get goosebumps reading and watching videos about the Voyager and Cassini space missions… they all but prove that we are a very insignificant spec of dust in the universe

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