Item description for Dragons of the Deep: Ocean Monsters Past and Present by Carl Wieland & Darrell Wiskur...
Overview This one-of-a-kind book will thrill Christians and non-Christians alike, with its emphasis on ancient "sea monsters," those fearsome and marvelous creatures that once roamed the oceans. From the predator Mosasaurus, called the ocean equivalent of T. Rex, to the gigantic turtle Archelon, the beasts who glided through the planet's oceans no doubt were the inspiration for ancient sightings by mariners who described fantastic encounters on the open ocean. Wieland's riveting text and easy descriptions are complemented by the beautiful full-color illustrations by acclaimed artist Darrell Wiskur. Readers will be amazed that these complex, huge beasts actually lived. The author provides a thoroughly biblical analysis of them as well, insisting that these "dragons of the sea" came into existence during the creation week as outlined in Genesis. * Amazing colorful illustrations of sea monsters that actually lived in the oceans * Come face-to-face with giant sharks that could chomp a fishing boat in a single bite! * See how huge these colossal creatures really were when compared to familiar objects (like school buses!) * Learn how and where to find the fossils of these water-dwelling reptiles * Could some of these menacing monsters still inhabit the oceans today?
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Studio: Master Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11" Width: 8.72" Height: 0.43" Weight: 1.19 lbs.
Release Date Jun 22, 2005
Publisher New Leaf Press/Master Books
Grade Level Multiple Grades
ISBN 0890514240 ISBN13 9780890514245
Availability 0 units.
More About Carl Wieland & Darrell Wiskur
Carl Wieland is founder and director of Answers in Genesis (Australia), a leading research organization that teaches the veracity of the Bible from the very first verse. He is also the co-author of "When Christians Roamed the Earth; Walking Through Shadows; Stones Bones; and The Creation Answers Book.
Reviews - What do customers think about Dragons of the Deep: Ocean Monsters Past and Present?
Poor Book, Great Propaganda Aug 5, 2007
When I first got this book, I thought it was just some kid book. It was cheap and it talked about some animals I don't normally encounter. I should have looked harder. For when I saw the words "Answers in Genesis scientists", I knew that was ten bucks down the drain! It offers the same creationist arguments we are all used to hearing and a few lines that attest to the usual creationist arrogance and patronizing tone.
There is a slanderous piece in here that can only be meant to make the reader distrusting of scientists. It talks about how Joseph Leidy named Xiphactinus (a voracious 20 ft fish that lived 75 mya) from a fragment of fin. It goes on to say "In the world of science, the urge to have the honor of being the first to 'discover' a fossil species has sometimes led to exaggerated claims and reckless reconstructions based on vary scanty evidence". that "urge" is usually found only in amateurs. When a scientist finds a specimen, he compares it to other specimens of similar animals. It is named as a new species only if it differs significantly from all other known specimens. Leidy named it based on a fragment because the fragment matched nothing else.
The same snippet also brings up one of the creationists favorite propaganda pieces: Nebraska Man. It claims that Nebraska Man was described in detail from a single tooth and it was later discovered that the tooth was that of a peccary. "In that case, the ferver to 'prove' that man evolved, and thus discredit the bible, was a driving factor." There is so much wrong here. First, it was thought to be an ape tooth because it looked so much like an ape tooth (the tooth was quite worn, making identification much more difficult). It was never actually held in high regards. Osborn ,the man who described the tooth, couldn't determine if it was man or ape, and many scientists doubted whether it came from a primate at all. And it was scientists who later discovered it was a peccary. Sorry to disappoint you Carl, but Nebraska Man has been dead in the realm of science for a long time and it HAS been proven that man evolved. And "to discredit the bible" is never, ever a factor in studying fossils. That is just another lie meant to make scientists look like lowly christian bashers. The goal of science is never, ever about discrediting the bible. It's about exploring and learning about this world of ours. It changes and evolves (no pun intended) as we make new discoveries and re-examine old ideas.
The best example of creationist arrogance in this book comes from the discussion about the Western Interior Seaway that cut North America in two during the late cretaceous period. "This interpretation of the evidence is always presented within the erroneous 'millions of years' belief system." Who is this man to say that scientists are wrong? That science is a belief system? Seems kind of petty. Their religious beliefs aren't recognized as science, so they call science a religion. It's a common tactic employed. I have a question for you, Carl. If there was no seaway, how do you explain all the marine fossils found from Texas all the way to Canada?
As much as I hate to admit it, there are a few scraps of actual facts in this failure of a book. But even they are questionable. They list Mosasaurus as 50 feet long and 8-10 tons. Most sources I encounter put Mosasaurus at 30-35 feet long and 6-8 tons (because it was more robust and massive than other mosasaurs). Then they go on to say "If so, it would make such a creature the biggest predatory carnivore the world has ever known". These creationists, even when they are not trying to undermine science they see a need to distort the facts. 8-10 tons is not the largest predator in history. Some theropod dinosaurs, like T. rex, Giganotosaurus, Charcharadontosaurus, and possibly Spinosaurus, are thought to be about that size. And many other aquatic predators are thought to have matched or surpass that, many of whom are featured elsewhere in the book: Megalodon, Sarcosuchus, Basilosaurus, Sperm Whale. Not featured in the book are Liopleurodon, believed by some to be the largest carnivore ever, and Purusaurus, a giant alligator that could be the largest predator to walk the earth.
As i have said, the book contains the faintest traces of facts, but unless you have some scientific knowledge on this subject you won't be able to tell what's what. That may have been the intention of the book, to appeal to and prey on children who don't know any better. It is filled with the same creationist dogma that we have heard over and over and over again and doesn't present anything new to "challenge" science. I feel that this book will only appeal to people who want to indoctrinate their children into their beliefs. Don't repeat my mistake by buying this book and giving your money to the dogmatic, intolerant people who made it. I knew I should have spent the extra money and gotten Oceans of Kansas Oceans Of Kansas: A Natural History Of The Western Interior Sea (Life of the Past)
Informative book - sure to grab the attention of little ones Jun 29, 2007
Disclaimer - this book is written from the Creationist standpoint.
This slim book presents 16 "dragons of the deep" with limited historical background and modern comparison - i.e., "...Xiphactinus was longer than your average family SUV." It's a nice coffee table book that is sure to spark interesting conversation with visitors!
The illustrations are lovely - dreamy watercolors combined with sketches and "real" photography. Everyone in my family enjoys reading this book - or simply browsing over the photos and "fast facts."
Great addition to your science curriculum or family library.
Creation Aug 15, 2005
Very well done book. Glad to see some dinosaur literature without all the million years lies.