7 things that are older than Ken Ham’s universe

7 things that are older than Ken Ham’s universe March 14, 2013

Young-earth creationists say that the universe is 6,000 years old. Scientists say the universe is around 14 billion years old.

Young-earth creationists say this is because scientists are part of a vast, nefarious conspiracy designed to cast doubt on the literal words of a literal Bible by the evil practice of measuring and counting things. I’m not a scientist, but I am part of this conspiracy (the only way to make such a conspiracy work is to include all sorts of non-scientists — doctors, manufacturers, engineers, teachers, librarians, journalists, hobbyists, etc.).

So as part of my contribution to our old-universe conspiracy, here is a list of Seven Things Recently in the News That Are Older Than Young-Earth Creationists’ Universe:

Ken Ham says the universe is less than 10,000 years old. Mark Driscoll says the universe may be older than that, but the human race is only 10,000 years old. This portrait of a woman is 26,000 years old.

1. A 55,000-year-old accumulation of hyrax urine. (Bonus: Hyraxes are my favorite biblical animal.)

2. A 26,000-year-old portrait of a woman carved from a mammoth tusk.

3. Whale fossils found under a California highway belong to the genus Morawanocetus. They date from the early-mid Miocene epic, 17 to 19 million years ago, “making them the youngest known toothed whales.”

4. 500,000-year-old Siberian stalactites and stalagmites are helping us understand climate history.

5. The 33,000-year-old skull of a partially domesticated wolf helps us learn about the history of man’s best friendship.

6. Monorhaphis chuni is a kind of sea sponge. This one, from the East China Sea, lived for about 11,000 years.

7. “Adam.” Scientists used to think that the genetic common male ancestor of the Y chromosome all men now carry lived somewhere between 60,000 and 140,000 years ago. But it turns out our Y chromosome traces back to a male who lived at least 338,000 years ago.

 

 

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