Archaeopteryx

Photo courtesy Creation Museum

Archaeopteryx display at the Creation Museum.

My name is Grace. I am 8 years old. My mom is typing my questions for me.

  1. Did Archaeopteryx have teeth?
  2. Were plants full grown (full fruit) when God made them or were they seeds that had to grow?
  3. Were animals babies when they were created or full grown?

Thanks, and God bless you.

–Grace, FL

Yes, Grace, Archaeopteryx was a bird that had teeth. God created birds on Day Five of the Creation Week (Genesis 1:20-23).

Archaeopteryx is a fossilized extinct bird with exquisitely developed real feathers identical in preserved microscopic details to those of extant birds. Some evolutionists insist the Archaeopteryx is a transitional form because it had teeth, fingers on its wings, and a long tail. However, these features occur in other extinct or living birds.”1
–Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell

The answers to your next two questions are “yes.” God created the plants and animals as fully grown. On Day Three, Genesis 1:12 states that “the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit.” On Day Five, God blessed the air and water creatures (Genesis 1:22) by saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” All of these plants and creatures would have to be mature to multiply. On Day Six, God gave fruits and herbs to people and animals for food (Genesis 1:29-30). Plants and trees would have to be mature in order to provide food.

“God obviously created things that were fully functional from the beginning. After all, plants had to be bearing fruit in order to provide sustenance for Adam, Eve, and the animals. He did not just create seeds and wait for them to grow. The created “kinds” had to be capable of reproduction, so they were not created immature. As mentioned, Adam and Eve would have to be able to reproduce in order to fulfill the mandate to be fruitful. This does not imply that these creatures were “created old.” It merely indicates that they were created functional.”2
–Dr. Tommy Mitchell

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1News to Note, July 30th, 2011, http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/2011/07/30/news-to-note-07302011.
2Tommy Mitchell, God Created Things to “Look Old”—Arguments Christians Shouldn’t Use, Answers in Genesis, http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/2010/10/26/created-to-look-old