This is a follow-up to something we wrote about here: ICR: Adventures in Creation Science. In that post we told you about some evidence presented by the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) which supports the scriptural creation tale. They were discussing the possibility of lions in the Garden of Eden, and why — in that peaceful, vegetarian, and deathless paradise — lions were are equipped with what we see as predatory teeth and claws.
It seems that one good paper on creation science leads to another, and so today we find a new post at the ICR website on that same topic: Why Did God Create Such Terrible Teeth? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
With the crocodile’s snarly look and nasty reputation, many people have no qualms in categorizing these reptiles as carnivores, even as obligate carnivores.
ICR has impressed us by using a technical term. The Wikipedia article on carnivores says:
Animals that depend solely on animal flesh for their nutrient requirements are considered obligate carnivores, while those that also consume non-animal food are considered facultative carnivores. Omnivores also consume both animal and non-animal food, and apart from the more general definition, there is no clearly defined ratio of plant to animal material that would distinguish a facultative carnivore from an omnivore.
Then ICR asks the big question:
Must God have outfitted these [crocodiles], and similar creatures, with teeth specifically purposed to eat other animals? If so, this would suggest that God is a bit mean, and not the generous Creator Scripture reveals.
This is a big mystery, one which we have all pondered. But only the creation scientists at ICR have the courage to take on these challenging scientific topics. They say:
Now, researchers confirmed what few had even suspected — crocodiles regularly eat vegetation.
Wow — this is big news indeed! Who were those researchers? Were they creation scientists, seeking data to confirm six-day creation? Let’s read on:
Reporting in the Journal of Zoology, a group of U.S. scientists studied alligator diets from Florida’s Everglades National Park. Their review of published studies added to new observations finding that 13 of 18 crocodylian species eat fruit from 34 different plant families.
No, they don’t seem to be creation scientists. Here’s a link to the paper: Frugivory and seed dispersal by crocodilians: an overlooked form of saurochory? The abstract says:
We found evidence of frugivory [seed dispersal by reptiles] in 13 of 18 (72.2%) species for which dietary information was available, indicating this behavior is widespread among the Crocodylia. Thirty-four families and 46 genera of plants were consumed by crocodilians. Fruit types consumed by crocodilians varied widely; over half (52.1%) were fleshy fruits. Some fruits are consumed as gastroliths or ingested incidental to prey capture; however, there is little doubt that on occasion, fruit is deliberately consumed, often in large quantities.
Stunning news indeed! Okay, back to ICR. Not satisfied with that information, they offer even more (which we haven’t verified):
“Last year a researcher working in south-east Asia reported seeing a wild Siamese crocodile tucking into a watermelon,” according to New Scientist.
Wow — a crocodile eating a watermelon! How peaceful and cuddly — just as in the Garden of Eden. Here’s ICR’s interpretation of this data:
Teeth weren’t put there for eating meat, but for eating vegetation. But in this temporarily terrible Earth, those animals with originally good behaviors suffer from a curse that permits them to use their God-given teeth for terrible and bloody encounters. Does crocodilian preference for fruit reflect their original, Edenic state?
Surely it does. If ever we were given proof of Genesis, this is it. We have seen The Truth™!
And now you know that the original (pre Fall) tale of Little Red Riding Hood was very different from the sinful story we tell our children today. In the Edenic version, the little girl says: “Grandmother, what big teeth you have!” And the wolf (not yet the “wicked wolf”) doesn’t reply: “All the better to eat you with!” Instead he said “Join me in eating a piece of fruit, my dear.”
And so we end today’s visit with ICR, spiritually enriched.
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