All the Tuatara’s Relatives Missed the Ark

The one living species of tuatara, Sphenodon punctatus, is on the Ark list. It is the only kind listed as a single species. That presumably means that it’s the only species that belongs to that kind! I have no idea why this species would deserve this distinction. The paper classifying the extant ark kinds notes […]

Messelornithids Missed the Ark!

Messelornithids are one of the best represented bird species in the fossil record. We have hundreds of preserved specimens, many of them preserving the full body and even details like stomach contents. Yet they seem to be inexplicably unpopular. Not only are they missing from the Ark Encounter’s list of extinct bird kinds, but I […]

Fruitafosser Missed the Ark!

This little guy was about the size of a chipmunk, so two of them would not have taken up very much space on the Ark anyway. He was an insectivore and appears highly adapted for eating termites out of their mounds. Termite mounds would obviously have been problematic to store on the Ark, but presumably […]

Sea Turtle

Extinct Sea Turtles Made the Ark?

Ark Encounter holds that primarily aquatic species are not on the Ark. The sign listing the species even lists examples of kinds not required on the Ark in the bottom right, and Chelonioidea is on there, with examples “Green Sea Turtle, Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Leatherback Sea Turtle”. So I was rather surprised to find Protostegidae […]

Owls missed the Ark!

The family Strigidae (true owls) is missing from the poster on the Ark Encounter. The Barn Owl family (Tytonidae) and three extinct families of owls are on the list, but the true owls are missing. I assume this one is a simple oversight, particularly because I believe there are representations of true owls on the […]

Missed the Ark Mondays

It’s critical to any study of Ark logistics to determine the cargo. Thus, determining how many animals on the Ark has always been a critical question. Different Creationists have come to different conclusions on this problem throughout history. I’ve been following Answers in Genesis’s project to determine the Ark Kinds since the first publications were […]