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George Poinar Jr., Ph.D. biologist.(Email: poinarg@bcc.orst.edu), Professor Emeritus.(retired).of Entomology.(the branch of zoology that deals with insects).at the University of California at Berkeley, currently on the faculty of Oregon State University and Roberta Poinar, an electron microscopist, with experience in entomology and amber research, in their book.The Amber Forest, Princeton University Press, explains that animals.(frog, beetle and weevil).trapped in tree resins that later hardened to amber are a good source of ancient DNA.

Organisms in amber date back millions of years according to radio carbon dating. Shown in the book are a frog, 30 to 40 million years old and a beetle, allegedly 20 to 30 million years old. Paul Cano at California Polytechnic State University extracted DNA from a 120 million year old weevil in Lebanese amber. Although these figures are highly suspect once one understands radiometric dating methods, the animals, however old they may be, look as they do today

Termites: Did termites exist first, or was it the protozoa.and bacteria.microbes that populate their alimentary tract.(the entire passage that food goes through in a body, from start to finish)? You can see it all had to exist together or there would be no termites. Termites can't digest what they ingest.(eat).without them. And they eat wood! Why do they select wood to eat when they can't digest it without microbes especially since other types of food would have been more easily obtainable? Is the Creator confounding us again?

After each molt.(to cast off, to shed the hair, skin, horns, etc.), the termite must reinfect itself with these symbionts. To do this they have developed a unique type of inoculation.(the putting of bacteria into itself, soil, a culture medium, etc.).in which the newly molted worker obtains the symbiotic microbes from the rectal discharges of its nest mates.

"Termites under attack send out a seismic.(having to do with an earthquake).alarm signal warning the rest of the colony to run away if a danger is sensed. They do this by waggling their heads in different directions. Termites also groom each other (exhibiting.altruistic activity).to remove fungus spores."....New Scientist Magazine.(newscientist.com), November 13, 1999.
   Other microbes eat rust

Neanderthal man:.Was man created suddenly? He certainly didn't gradually evolve over millions of years of progressive evolution. The idea that a slow, progressive evolution could produce the complex mechanism that is the human body just doesn't hold up.

Matthias Krings at the University of Munich, along with German and US colleagues reported from their analysis of mitochondrial.DNA extracted from the remains of a Neanderthal.(designating, or of a race of early man of the Paleolithic period).man, whose skeletal remains were first found in the Neander Valley in the Rhine Province of Germany, estimated to be between 30,000300,000 years old. They reported that."the Neanderthals contributed no DNA to modern human beings and therefore could not be ancestors to Homo sapiens.(the scientific name for human beings; mankind)".

"It all points away from the Neanderthal."....William Goodwin, a molecular biologist at the Human Identification Center in Glasgow, Scotland and one of the researchers involved in this new analysis, that of a rib bone in a baby's skeleton found in Russia's Caucasus Mountains, which provided better analysis than the remains examined in 1997 which came from the Neander Valley. Details

Bombardier Beetle:.Questions to keep in mind are: What exactly are the stages of beetle evolution? Given these stages, how does Darwinism get us from one to the next? 

The Germans examine the little.(1/2 inch long).Bombardier beetle: This tiny beetle is 1/2 inch long, but it has a very mighty weapon. When an enemy is closing in behind him and just about ready to eat him, an explosion occurs right in the face of the enemy with a very bad smelling gas that shoots out from two tail tubes the temperature of hot water. How did he do that?

This little fella has such an incredible system to protect itself. He can spray with astonishing accuracy 500 to 1000 explosive 100º Centigrade.(or, Celsius).bursts of its chemical deterrent a second!

"They are.the only animals.to generate a hot defensive secretion. We are baffled that the beetle is able to withstand the heat and irritation of the secretion. When it discharges, it inevitably.douses itself, but seems to suffer no ill effects."....Professor Tom Eisner, Cornell University in.Focus Magazine, November, 1999.


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