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Arca Shell
Arca Shell
Arca Shell
The name "Ark Shell" was adopted by Carl von Linne, otherwise known as Linnaeus (1707 - 1778). The Ark shell's common name (in Linnaeus' day) was derived from its similarity to mediaeval pictures of Noah's Ark, with its rounded boat hull, its flat top and a little hut on top. Linnaeus labelled the first species of Ark shells Arcae noe (Latin for Noah's Ark). This shell is still found around the Mediterranean, but, unknown to most, the Ark Shell also played an interesting role in the history of the modern sciences of biology, geology and palaeontology.

Linnaeus is the person responsible for the development of our modern Biological classification system. Linnaeus solved a problem which mankind had been unable to find an answer to for several thousand years, i.e. how do you label animals and plants so that the name is accurate, convincing and useable worldwide? Plant names like "Asparagus" go back several thousand years to the ancient Greeks, but they never solved the problem of devising a useful classification system for plants and animals. Linnaeus built his binomial system (i.e. Genus and species) on what Englishman John Ray (1628 - 1705) had started. Both men were firmly convinced that in the beginning God had "specially created" animals and plants, hence the use of words such as "Creature", and "Species". Species are things that were specially or separately created. Linnaeus' concepts were undeniably based on his religious faith as a Christian, and his acceptance of a literal Creation. His Binomial classification system works both on living creatures and on dead fossils.

Since Linnaeus' day, the Ark shell family has been found both living and dead world wide - in the fossil record. The amount of variation between the so called "oldest" Ark shells and the present day one is so small that it certainly qualifies for the term "Living Fossil" and is no help top the theory of evolution at all. At best it proves that arca shells have produced their own kind since they first appeared on the planet, and that's the evidence you would expect, given that Genesis is God's Word about creation. Your specimen is one of the many varieties of ark shell found around the edge of the Pacific Ocean.
   

 

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