In the seventh chapter of Genesis, a flood that covered mountains and destroyed virtually all mankind and most of the earth’s living creatures is described in some detail.
In addition to the biblical account, virtually every culture records this flood in one form or another in myths and legends of various sorts.
And so, some can now argue, does the fossil record.
It is one of the driest regions of the world, receiving just a few inches of rain a year, but bodies of whales are emerging from the shifting sands of the Egyptian Sahara Desert.
The fossilized remains are helping to reveal how much of Egypt was once covered by a vast ancient ocean.
Known as Wadi al-Hitan, or the Valley of the Whales, the area contains the fossilized bones of an ancestor of modern whales which have fascinated tourists and paleontologists alike since they were first discovered in 1902.
It is now being set up as an open air museum to show off the beasts that once swam over the area, 93 miles (150 km) southwest of Cairo.
In what the U.K. Daily Mail called “one of the driest regions of the world, receiving just a few inches of rain a year,” the fossilized remains of two now-extinct whale species have recently been put on display.
Whale bones are probably not what one would first expect to see during a tour of the Egyptian Sahara Desert, but there they are.
The whale skeletons in the region offer a glimpse into the past, as the species of whale that once called this desert valley home is now extinct.
The Archaeoceti – which means ‘ancient wales’ – found in Wadi al-Hitan are some of the earliest whales discovered.
Of course, you shouldn’t expect the secularists to explain how the presence of the bones in the arid desert point to the accuracy of the biblical flood story. They will, in fact, work long and hard to invent un-provable — and thus, unscientific — theories explaining how they got there.
Just as they have had to explain the existence of hip bones in many whale and dolphin species by claiming that these water-dwelling mammals evolved from land-dwelling mammals with legs and feet because it gave them a competitive advantage.
Just as those land-dwelling mammals developed legs and feet because it … er, also gave them a competitive advantage.