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Discovery Magazine 6/01/2011

The Truth About Teeth

There are so very many evidences on Earth for the existence of the divine Creator. Animal teeth are among those proofs. Take, for example, the long, pointed tusks of the walrus. Tusks are actually teeth—called canines, cuspids, or fangs—that are made of ivory. Walruses use their long tusks for many reasons, as God designed them to do, in order to make living in the Arctic easier. They use them to dig into the ice in order to pull their huge bodies out of frigid waters—which makes them look like they are walking with their teeth! They also use their tusks under water to poke breathing holes through the ice so they can get air from above. Their tusks can grow to be over three feet long and weigh 12 pounds! Male walruses, called bulls, also use their tusks to look fierce and fight for their territory, even protecting themselves (and females, called cows) from polar bears or killer whales. Walrus teeth never wear out, because they never stop growing! All of these purposes show divine design and deliberate intention—not “evolutionary development” (which does not happen!).

Another amazing example of teeth is evident in the narwhal—a rarely seen whale that lives in the Arctic Ocean. The male narwhal has a single tusk that projects from the left side of the upper jaw. The tusk is spirally twisted and can grow to be from seven to ten feet long—weighing up to 22 pounds (that would be heavy to carry around!). Scientists think that the narwhal uses its tusk to defend against predators, and to fight other males during mating season. But did you know that scientists do not know everything there is to know about God’s creatures? The more they study them, the more astounding proofs surface that point to design by a great Mind. They recently discovered that the narwhal tooth has 10 million nerve endings that make it an exceptional sensory organ. Scientists say the nerves can detect slight changes in temperature, pressure, and maybe many other features of water. The narwhal’s tusk is another proof of God’s remarkable designs.

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