Killer Kangaroos and Demon Ducks

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Killer kangaroos and demon ducks reported in The Australian and BBC News, 12 July 2006, and the Daily Telegraph (UK) 13 July 2006. Palaeontologists excavating the Riversleigh fossil deposit in northwest Queensland have found fossils of 20 new species including a "meat eating kangaroo with long fangs" and a giant bird nicknamed by the fossil hunters as the "demon duck of doom." Other finds include "galloping kangaroos with long forearms that could not hop" and a "prehistoric lungfish which closely resembles modern day lungfish".

Another unusual feature of the fossils is that they are black, indicating the environment was not rich in oxygen. The researchers believe this indicates the site was once a deep lake. Other fossils have indicated that the area was once covered in dense rainforest. The site is believed to contain fossils of thousands of extinct creatures. Michael Archer of the University of New South Wales commented: "This would have been a very weird place, to our eyes."

Editorial Comment: Michael Archer is right – the world once was a very different place to that of today. These finds add to the evidence that Australia was once populated by an abundance of large animals that have since died out or shrunk. This is the opposite of evolution, i.e. loss of species, not emergence of new species. These fossils actually fit better into the Biblical history of the world. In the beginning living things were created as separated kinds and they lived in a very good world. Many animals and birds would have been able to grow to much larger sizes than they can today because the environment provided more food and less stress. The environment degenerated significantly after Noah’s flood with the coming of the first winters and summers. As a result, many large animals have completely died out or failed to grow to their former size. (Ref. devolution, palaeontology, degeneration)

Evidence News 24 April 2007

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