Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

Spring 4-25-2012

School

College of Arts and Sciences

Major

Biology: Pre-Med

Primary Subject Area

Biology, General; Paleontology; Religion, General

Keywords

Baraminology, Noah's Ark, Vertebrate Families

Disciplines

Biology | Paleobiology

Abstract

One of the central challenges faced by young-Earth creation researchers who believe the Bible to be the inerrant Word of God is defending the Biblical claim that two of every kind of nephesh animal was saved from the great flood on Noah’s ark. Recently, Answers in Genesis became involved in the design and construction of a full-sized, authentic replica of Noah’s ark. They have endeavored to be as accurate as possible in presenting the number of kinds that would have needed to be on the ark in order to have the diversity in species that we observe today. In order to expand creationist’s understanding of the animal “kinds” and their relation to Noah’s ark, this thesis 1) estimates a minimum number of 1438 animals, representing 719 terrestrial vertebrate families from Classes Mammalia, Aves, and Reptilia; and 2) describes many of the characteristics of those kinds which may have been on the ark. As a result, a better understanding of both the contents of Noah’s ark and the meaning of the word min as it relates to the flood narrative are possible.

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