posted on Mar, 12 2003 @ 11:54 AM
"Are you serious? Is that what those words meant in the original Hebrew? Huh. that's interesting. So what is Job referring to, then, when it
compares the tail of the Behemoth to a tree?"
Didn't mean it as a literal translation, no. But, likewise, are you inferring that it means "dinosaur" in Hebrew? Just pointing out that some
info can be lost in the translation, as well as the translator inferring the meaning of the original text. My point was more to the effect of showing
that though dinosaurs ruled far longer than man, thus must have been pretty special to God, it's funny that there is no specific mention of them in
the Bible, which is presumably, authored by God, though written by man...
As for the "legs" in whales...here's just a sample of info on this...
Probably the most well known case of atavism is found in the whales. According to the standard phylogenetic tree, whales are known to be the
descendants of terrestrial mammals that had hindlimbs. Thus, we expect the possibility that rare mutant whales might occasionally develop atavistic
hindlimbs. In fact, there are many cases where whales have been found with rudimentary atavistic hindlimbs in the wild (for reviews see Berzin 1972,
pp. 65-67 and Hall 1984, pp. 90-93). Hindlimbs have been found in baleen whales (Sleptsov 1939), humpback whales (Andrews 1921) and in many specimens
of sperm whales (Abel 1908; Berzin 1972, p. 66; Nemoto 1963; Ogawa and Kamiya 1957; Zembskii and Berzin 1961). Most of these examples are of whales
with femurs, tibia, and fibulae; however, some even include feet with complete digits.
Many other famous examples of atavisms exist, including (1) rare formation of extra toes (2nd and 4th digits) in horses, similar to what is seen in
the archaic horses Mesohippus and Merychippus, (2) atavistic thigh muscles in Passeriform birds and sparrows, (3) hyoid muscles in dogs, (4) wings in
earwigs (normally wingless), (5) atavistic fibulae in birds (the fibulae are normally extremely reduced), (6) extra toes in guinea pigs and
salamanders, (6) the atavistic dew claw in many dog breeds, and (7) various atavisms in humans (one described in detail below) (Hall 1984)."