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Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs


Scientists tell us that dinosaurs roamed the earth for over 160 million years from 230 million years ago to 65 million years ago. If this is true, then there should be Dinosaur bones buried everywhere. Although dinosaur bones have been found scattered over most of the earth, they are usually found clustered together as displayed in Dinosaurs National Monument in Colorado. In fact, there are clusters of Dinosaur bones all over the western part of the United States. The fact that they are found clustered together seems to show that they died during a catastrophe.

Now we must ask the question, have dinosaurs and man roamed the earth at the same time? If they disappeared 65 million years ago, they did not live at the same time as man did. However, both the Bible and secular evidence tend to show that they did.

In the book of Job, we read about two unusual animals—the Leviathan and the Behemoth. First, let us look at the Leviathan. “Can you draw out Leviathan with a hook, or snare his tongue with a line which you lower? Can you put a reed through his nose, or pierce his jaw with a hook?” … “Can you fill his skin with harpoons, or his head with fishing spears? Lay your hand on him; remember the battle never do it again! Indeed, any hope of overcoming him is false; shall one not be overwhelmed at the sight of him? No one is so fierce that he would dare stir him up. Who then is able to stand against Me”(Job 41:1-2, 7-10)?

“Who has preceded Me, that I should pay him? Everything under heaven is Mine. I will not conceal his limbs, His mighty power, or his graceful proportions. Who can remove his outer coat? Who can approach him with a double bridle. Who can open the doors of his face, with his terrible teeth all around? His rows of scales are his pride, shut up tightly as with a seal; one is so near another that no air can come between them; they are joined one to another, they stick together and cannot be parted. His sneezings flash forth light, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning. Out of his mouth go burning lights; sparks of fire shoot out. Smoke goes out of his nostrils, as from a boiling pot and burning rushes. His breath kindles coals, and a flame goes out of his mouth. Strength dwells in his neck, and sorrow dances before him. The folds of his flesh are joined together; they are firm on him and cannot be moved” (Job 41:11-23).

“His heart is as hard as stone, even as hard as the lower millstone. When he raises himself up, the mighty are afraid; because of his crashings they are beside themselves. Though the sword reaches him, it cannot avail; nor does spear, dart, or javelin. He regards iron as straw, and bronze as rotten wood. The arrow cannot make him flee; slingstones become like stubble to him. Darts are regarded as straw; he laughs at the threat of javelins. His undersides are like sharp potsherds; he spreads pointed marks in the mire. He makes the deep boil like a pot; he makes the sea like a pot of ointment. He leaves a shining wake behind him; one would think the deep had white hair. On earth there is nothing like him, which is made without fear” (Job 41:24-33).

What kind of animal is this? The description sounds like a sea monster, a dragon or some member of the dinosaur family. We need to keep in mind that God is saying that the creature lived during the days of Job.

“Look now at the behemoth, which I made along with you; he eats grass like an ox. See now, his strength is in his hips, and his power is in his stomach muscles. He moves his tail like a cedar; the sinews of his thighs are tightly knit. His bones are like beams of bronze, his ribs like bars of iron. He is the first of the ways of God; only He who made him can bring near His sword. Surely the mountains yield food for him, and all the beasts of the field play there. He lies under the lotus trees, in a covert of reeds and marsh. The lotus trees cover him with their shade; the willows by the brook surround him. Indeed the river may rage, yet he is not disturbed; he is confident, though the Jordan gushes into his mouth, Though he takes it in his eyes, or one pierces his nose with a snare” (Job 40:15-24).

What kind of animal is this? Some scholars have identified this animal as a hippopotamus. However, the hippopotamus actually does not fit the description above. Notice that he moves his tail like a cedar and he eats grass—this is a land animal. If we think of the great dinosaurs such as the brachiosaurus, we see that the above description fits. They not only ate grass but they also had long necks and long thick tails.

Is there physical evidence that the dinosaurs and man roamed together on the earth? The answer, though often disputed, seems to be yes.

First, let us look at cave painting. Dr. Jack Cuozzo reports in chapter 24 of his book “Buried Alive – The startling truth about Neanderthal man” tells about a visit to the caves of southern France where he captured a photo in the Bernifal cave of a dinosaur and mammoth locked in moral confrontation. He published the picture in his book. It is the accepted view that cave painters painted objects of those things that they had actually seen. Therefore, they would be recording evidence that dinosaurs roamed the earth at the same time as they did. (See the web site: Neanderthals and Dinosaurs at Bernifal cave).

Cave painting of dinosaurs have also been reported in other caves in other countries. Also, ancient dinosaur depictions in artifacts have been uncovered around the world. (See the web site: Ancient Dinosaur Depictions).

Dr. Carl Baugh, Director of the Creation Evidence Museum, has done extensive excavation on the Paluxy River around Glen Rose, Texas. Dr. Baugh, along with teams of volunteers, have uncovered over 400 dinosaur tracks and over 80 human footprints in Cretaceous limestone. These tracks appear to have been made about the same time. “In early July, 2000, Alvis Delk, assisted by James Bishop (both of Stephenville, Texas), were working in the Cretaceous limestone on the McFall property at the Paluxy River near Glen Rose, Texas when they discovered a pristine human footprint intruded by a dinosaur footprint. This discovery was made in the vicinity of McFall I and II Sites where the Creation Evidence Museum team has excavated since the Spring of 1982. The eleven-inch human footprint matches seven other such footprints of the same dimensions in the “Sir George Series,” named in honor of His Excellency Governor General Ratu Sir George Cacobau of Fiji.” (See the Web Site: Creation Evidence Museum).

It should be noted that critics say that the footprint has been contaminated. Some even question Delk’s discovery. For a view of the critics see: Delk’s Discovery.

Fresh (unfossilized) dinosaurs have been found frozen in ice in both the Antarctica and Alaska. A group from the Creation Research Science and Education Foundation who were on a creation research expedition to Alaska found frozen Dinosaur bones which were not fossilized but were incased in ice. They brought back approximately 2000 pounds of bones. The finding of the ice incased bones proves that the age of the bones were relatively young. Follow up studies of the dinosaur’s blood cells and DNA show that it had died much more recently than previously reported. (Source: Institute of Creation Resource DVD.)

The following was copied from the “Answer In Genesis” web site and may provide additional insight

“The lady was highly skeptical. This guide, who moments before had been discussing animal ecology and evolution, found when confronted with news of the new discovery—that she simply could not believe it. She could not accept that fresh (not permineralized, meaning unfossilized) dinosaur bones had been found in Alaska. Such bones could never have lasted 70 million years, she said.”

“Unlikely or not, it is a fact that such bones have been found. However, whether they could have lasted in that condition more than a few thousand years is a matter which demands attention.”

“In 1987, while working with scientists from Memorial University (Newfoundland, Canada) on Bylot Island, just east of the northern tip of Baffin Island, a young Inuit (Canadian Eskimo) picked up a bone fragment. It was identified within days as part of the lower jaw of a duckbill dinosaur and proclaimed to the world as such.”

“The story was different however in north-western Alaska. In 1961 a petroleum geologist discovered a large, half-metre-thick bone bed. As the bones were fresh, not permineralized, he assumed that these were recent bison bones. It took 20 years for scientists to recognize duckbill dinosaur bones in this deposit as well as the bones of horned dinosaurs, and large and small carnivorous dinosaurs. Presently William A. Clemens and other scientists from the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Alaska are quarrying the bone bed ….”

“These recent developments are certainly food for thought. It is undeniable that fresh dinosaur bones have been found. Items have appeared in the secular literature saying exactly that. It is also evident that preservation in the fresh state for even one million years is highly unlikely.”

“The obvious conclusion is that these bones were deposited in relatively recent times. This bone bed is stunning evidence that the time of the dinosaurs was not millions of years ago, but perhaps only thousands. It is time geologists recognized the implications of their own data.” See: Answers In Genesis Web Site. .