Fun Stuff God Has Done: the Diplocaulus

Hi, Mr. Nature here, with some more of God’s stuff that pushes our imaginations to the limit.

This ancient amphibian is Diplocaulus, with its unforgettable boomerang-shaped head. It has left behind abundant fossils, so we have a pretty good idea of its life cycle, its diet, the way it moved, etc. This is one of those prehistoric animals that you only have to meet once, for it to stick in your mind.

Feel free to ignore the narrator in this video. He’s a little bit too certain about things.

There is a famous picture of a Diplocaulus in a bucket, as if the animal had been caught by a fisherman. There is no reason to believe the photo is anything but a fake. Very nicely done, though!

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So there probably are no more Diplocauluses for us to see in the flesh, and we’ll have to make do with fossils for the time being… Until the Lord regenerates His whole creation. And won’t that be something!

Here Be Monsters: Dimetrodons

Watching an old Wagon Train episode last night, there was a view of some not-too-distant hills and canyon walls; and for no reason I can identify, an odd thing flitted through my mind: “That looks like Dimetrodon country.” Please don’t ask me to explain that.

People think Dimetrodons were dinosaurs because they’re always found in dinosaur play sets, but they were more closely related to mammals than to dinosaurs. When I was a kid I called them Sailbacks.

So this clip is from the BBC production, Walking With Monsters, and I enjoyed watching it because the effects are just so cool. I have learned to ignore the Darwinian fairy tales that usually accompany such films. We know that once upon a time there were Dimetrodons, and that there aren’t any now (except maybe in those hills beyond the ranch), and that’s all we know. I hoped Bill Hawks would ride out there and find the Dimetrodons, but he got sidetracked by having to buy horses from extremely dishonest people.

I am beginning to wonder if there are any Dimetrodons in Obann.