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Today's Creation Moment

Glass Insects in Space!
Psalm 9:1
"I will praise Thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all Thy marvelous works."
Brine shrimp and water bears are tiny animals that are able to basically freeze dry into a state of suspended animation and then return to active life. Scientists have learned that they do this by...

Iguanas that Grow Larger and Smaller

Jeremiah 31:2
"Thus says the LORD: 'The people who survived the sword found grace in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went to give him rest.'"

What do you do when food resources are scarcer than normal for an extended period of time? People not getting enough nutrition lose weight and eventually muscle mass. It would really make more sense to proportionately shrink your body size. After all, children require fewer calories than adults. It appears that this is just what marine iguanas and perhaps some other reptiles actually do.

Researchers studying the marine iguanas of the Galapagos Islands found that sometimes individuals appeared to get smaller. For 18 years they simply blamed measurement error. Then one of the scientists studied the 18-year record of measurements and realized that something was really happening. During an El Niño weather pattern, when the algal beds offered less food for the iguanas, individuals shrank in size. In addition, the largest males showed the greatest amount of shrinking. If connective tissue alone was shrinking, the iguanas would only shrink by ten percent. But large males were shrinking by as much as 20 percent during a two-year-long El Niño. This means that even their bones must shrink! More research showed that the more an individual shrank, the better its chance of survival.

Iguanas need only concern themselves with survival in this life. As human beings, we need to be concerned about the next life as well. We can thank God that He has provided eternal life for us through Jesus Christ.

Lord, I will thank You forever for forgiveness and salvation. Amen.
"Famine reveals incredible shrinking iguanas," Science News, 1/8/00, pp.20-21.