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Here’s an interesting little sequel to my last post,”Fossils and the wrong key”, in which I noted that stories of dinosaurs wandering into swamps, lakes, bogs, rivers, tar pits and so on abound, because dinosaur fossils and bones are found in sediments where they had to be buried rapidly.800px-Triassic_Utah

Evolutionists strictly enforce their “no divinity” rule and look for any other explanation than the Biblical one, which is that a world-wide flood rearranged the surface of the earth and killed almost all life.

Frank Sherwin with Institute for Creation Research recently published an article* on a fossil find in Canada, which included a nodosaur in spectacular condition.

Nodosaurs were tank-like dinosaurs, similar to ankylosaurs, covered with spiky scales. Miner Sawn Funk found one in 2011 in Alberta’s Millennium Mine, in such good condition that it looks like a statue. It even had skin remnants on its face and toe pads. How does that happen after 65+ million years?

The sedimentary layers at the mine where the nodosaur was unearthed also contain plenty of plesiosaurs. How did creatures from land and sea environments get mixed together and buried in the same sediments? According to the official story, a flood filled a riverbed and swept the dead nodosaur out to sea. It sank to the sea floor and minerals quickly penetrated its skin and armor, “ensuring that the dead nodosaur would keep its true-to-life form as eons’ worth of rock piled atop it”.

Or perhaps it got buried in the Biblical Flood, along with the plesiosaurs, all of which were swept together and buried in sediment-laden waters.

* http://www.icr.org/article/10011/

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If anyone really wanted to see evidence in favor of the Bible, they would have a fantastic opportunity in the fossil record…

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I’ve written posts before about the fate of the dinosaurs (note 1). Dinosaurs, we’re told, frequently “wandered into swamps” or bogs or tar pits, or fell into rivers or lakes, or got swept up in a tsunami or a giant storm and buried…rather like we don’t see herds of animals being swept up and buried deep down during the current “monster” hurricane season. As an example, take a look at this “Live Science” web page, which describes a huge mass-fossil graveyard, caused by…a flood. The picture (you know-an “artist’s impression”) is most revealing, and the report tells us that:

Scientists have revealed what may be the world’s largest dinosaur graveyard. The dinosaurs may have been part of a mass die-off resulting from a monster storm, comparable to today’s hurricanes, which struck what was then a coastal area (note 2).

Evolutionists have had to assume that dinosaurs wandered or fell into a whole range of watery, sandy or muddy graves or got buried in a freak storm, because these animals would not fossilize well at all-if at all-if they just died on the surface under normal conditions. There are millions of fossils around the world of creatures who were buried suddenly in sediment, but God forbid (I’m sorry, Darwin forbid) that we should invoke the Biblical Flood, in which almost all life on the earth perished in a catastrophe which included geological upheaval.

At school I, along with many others in past decades, was taught the “proven fact” that in the study of earth history “the present is the key to the past”, meaning that the processes we see taking place all around us: slow erosion of river beds, the movement of the continental plates by inches every year, and so on, have always been happening at the same rate as they do now. This is why we “know” it took many millions of years for the Grand Canyon to form, for example. Traditional belief in the Biblical Flood was abandoned with the theories of Lyell, Darwin and others.

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I was also told that fossils demonstrate the evolutionary “tree” of evolution. I’ve discovered from visits to such places as the Natural History Museum in London, and the work of dissenting scientists, that there is no such evidence, just dogma and artists impressions.

More recently in the field of geology scientists have had to face up to the evidence that there have been huge catastrophic events in earth’s history which have changed its surface and its life in very short periods of time. In a new layman’s level article on the subject published by Institute for Creation Research, Frank Sherwin reports:

Secular geologists hypothesize five major mass extinctions in Earth history and maintain the most catastrophic of these happened nearly 252 million years ago. This Permian extinction, or Great Dying, supposedly resulted in the loss of 70 percent of land species and 95 percent of marine species (note 3).

How did fossils of marine life end up on top of Mt Everest and other mountain ranges? How did mass fossil graveyards of many kinds of animals occur? How did entire herds of dinosaurs get suddenly buried together in muddy graves? How did schools of whales get transported to inland deserts? The evolutionist has an explanation for each one, of course, carefully and diligently attempting to omit anything remotely Biblical, but in truth sounding more Biblical all the time, as seen in the “Live Science” report.

The Bible-believer and seeker can read the early chapters of Genesis with great confidence, knowing that there’s been a logical and inspiring explanation for all the fossil and geological evidence, all through the ages.

NOTES

1: https://nickyfisher.com/2014/08/09/the-real-reason-dinosaurs-became-extinct/

2: https://www.livescience.com/8340-world-largest-dinosaur-graveyard-linked-mass-death.html

3: http://www.icr.org/article/10196

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The brilliant cartoonist Gary Larson pictured several dinosaurs standing around smoking, and his caption was “The real reason dinosaurs became extinct”. Not wishing to upstage Gary the Great, I have another explanation to offer for the demise of the dinosaurs: they were stupid!

Whatever the reason given by evolutionists for their ultimate extinction, it’s incredible that before becoming extinct, the dinosaur had a habit of “falling into” a swamp, a bog, a lake, or a tar pit…sometimes entire herds of them.

Well alright, I’m not the first to notice this, and evolutionists have been hard at work trying to explain away the problem.

What were dinosaurs thinking, having lived long enough to get perhaps twenty or sixty feet tall, and therefore probably having enough sense to look where they were going: “Hey guys, let’s all go this way and get stuck in a deep, miry bog! Look, Harry’s already fallen in-come on!”

Maybe they were all depressed and committed suicide:

“Oh no! Now grandma’s fallen into a pit where half of my family and friends fell in-maybe I should just join them…”

WHERE THEY LIVED…AND DIED

Dinosaurs are often described as having “wandered around in swampy land”. In other words we “know” they lived in such places, because not only are many tracks found in ancient sediment (as are the tracks of many other animals), but dinosaur remains and their fossils are also found in ancient sediment. Think about tracks-if you make tracks in mud they will soon disappear: for tracks to be preserved they would have to be buried in more sediment. An animal has to be buried quickly to fossilize and not to rot on the surface or be eaten before it disappears.  So for the evolutionist, it’s vital to conclude that they at least lived in the vicinity of a swamp or near a river, lake or sea where they might get buried quickly. Just imagine how deeply some of them had to be buried, considering how big they were, and sometimes there were several of them.

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I casually searched “dinosaurs wandered into a swamp”, and found 26,334 relevant results. Here’s an example:

“Fossils of palms and conifers are found in the Aguja Formation, and these plants tell us that the dinosaurs were wandering around in a humid swampy environment. The overall global climate at this time was warm and the tropical swamp was most likely very close to the coast”… “The Javelina Formation was deposited as the sea retreated further, and this area started to dry out, 70-66 million years ago”…” The area was a floodplain inhabited by many different types of conifers, and some flowering trees (angiosperms). But not only plants lived there. There are 11 species of dinosaurs that have been found in the Javelina Formation too”

http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/nationalfossilday/mesozoic_bibe.cfm

Here’s another example:

“Fossils of dinosaurs are not common in Pennsylvania and are found only in Mesozoic-age rocks in the southeastern part of the state. Here, dinosaurs wandered near lakes and swamps, leaving tracks in the mud that later hardened to rock”.

http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/cs/groups/public/documents/document/dcnr_014599.pdf

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Again:

“In 1994, cement workers at the factory that bankrolls much of Sucre dynamited a hillside and revealed what is the world’s biggest collection of dinosaur tracks, bearing 5,000 prints of more than 250 individuals”…” Cal Orck’o is an awesome sight: a criss-crossing testimony to extinct herbivores and carnivores on their way to somewhere long disappeared; a flat, even newer America, from before the Andes formed. The Bolivia of the Cretaceous was a swampy landmass, home apparently to several species of dinosaur and a few primitive mammals. At least 8 different species of dinosaur have left their footprints in the clay bed of what was a dried out lake, including T-rex, Triceratops and Brontosaurus”.

http://wanderinggaia.com/2010/07/09/walking-with-dinosaurs/

In the case of a baby, we may expect the odd one here and there to “wander into a swamp”, as in the case of a baby woolly mammoth:

“Scientists think she got stuck in a swamp and died over 39,000 years ago”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2358695/Woolly-mammoth-frozen-Siberia-39-000-YEARS-goes-display-Tokyo-woolly.html#ixzz39rBktUlY

(It’s okay-I know mammoths are not dinosaurs, and I know this isn’t a woolly mammoth…)

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DINOSAURS-TRAPPED-IN-MUD STORIES

However, adult dinosaurs also “fell into” lakes, pits and swamps along with the babies, and you just can’t get away from those dinosaurs-trapped-in-the-mud stories:

“These traps or bonebeds are unusual in that they consist of vertically stacked skeletons of numerous non-avian theropods in 1–2 m deep pits. The pits are filled with a mix of alluvial and volcanic mudstone and sandstone and appear to have been created by the trampling and wallowing of large dinosaurs. Small theropods and vertebrates then became mired in these pits, dying and being forced deeper by the activities of the large dinosaurs and the struggles of later victims. The high quality of preservation suggests a rapid burying of the carcasses”.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shishugou_Formation_dinosaur_traps

You can research the evolutionist’s view of the habitats dinosaurs lived in: almost all involved water in the form of swamps, marshes, lakes and so forth. Even sand can form a new sedimentary rock when the grains are cemented together, and fossils can be found in sand and sandstone.

http://dinosaurs.about.com/od/dinosaurbasics/tp/Dinosaur-Habitats.htm

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NOT JUST DINOSAURS…

Of course, the fossil record does not just reveal dinosaur remains. In fact, the majority of fossils are marine creatures. I mentioned in a previous post some examples of entire schools of whales being found buried inland, where, if we believe the evolutionist, there were “seas” or freak climatological disasters:

“The creation of Africa had a surprising impact on evolution. Scrambling up the sides of the pyramids of Giza in Egypt, Iain finds small marine creatures that reveal that this part of Africa was once a shallow sea that formed when Africa was created. And within the arid Western Desert, he reveals 17m long skeletons of early whales buried in the sand. These skeletons reveal how land-dwelling mammals were lured back into the shallow seas created by the birth of the African continent, leading to the evolution of whales” http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p019bctl

Whale fossils have been found in the deserts of Chile and Peru:

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-26356383

There are also places in the world where “mass fossil graveyards” are found, where sometimes billions of different creatures are found buried together. Not only animals, but plants and trees are said to have been buried en masse by a sea moving inland, or by other local flooding, or by freak weather conditions (hardly “uniformitarian” conditions, eh?).

The following is from an article (and as with all the other above examples, is not written by a creationist), titled “World’s Largest Dinosaur Graveyard Linked to Mass Death”:

“Scientists have revealed what may be the world’s largest dinosaur graveyard. The dinosaurs may have been part of a mass die-off resulting from a monster storm, comparable to today’s hurricanes, which struck what was then a coastal area.  The findings could help solve a mystery concerning why the badlands of western Canada are so rich in dinosaur fossils.“ (You should take a look at the artist’s impression of this event).

http://www.livescience.com/8340-world-largest-dinosaur-graveyard-linked-mass-death.html

THE POINT…

So here’s my point. The evolutionist, by definition, intentionally ignores any Biblical or supernatural explanation not only for the origin of life but also for Earth’s history. He’s not going to discuss the Biblical Flood, except perhaps to ridicule it and to make sure you don’t consider it to be a possibility. However, to me and to many others, including some scientists, the Biblical Flood beautifully explains the fossil record, the rock layers around the earth, and the subsequent ice age and runoff from the land causing world-wide erosional features.

The Flood was not just a spell of rain gently falling from the sky until it was so deep everyone was swimming with nowhere to go: it was, as the Bible account describes, an event where even the earth’s crust would have been moving around, with associated tsunamis and turbidites, storms and volcanic activity on a huge scale.

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Flood legends survive from ancient cultures around the world, including the Gilgamesh Epic from the world’s first area of known civilization-Mesopotamia.

But what about the ark? If specimens of every kind of animal went onto the ark to escape the cataclysm, there would also have been dinosaurs, right? This is often a subject of ridicule for the evolutionist-how could a huge dinosaur possibly have fitted onto the ark?

Yes, dinosaurs may well have been on the ark, since babies and eggs could have been fitted on it no problem (see note 1). The surviving dinosaurs after the Flood would then have been targets of hungry humans, or people wishing to be rid of dangerous animals (as in the case of the wolf being driven to extinction in Britain in the middle-ages), or troubled by a changed climate now unfriendly to their habitat requirements. Hey-maybe they even sank into a swamp!

And perhaps some of them smoked too much…

NOTE

1: http://store.icr.org/Noahs-Ark-A-Feasibility-Study/productinfo/BNOAR2/

For great articles on the Flood and the ark try these sites:

http://www.icr.org

http://www.answersingenesis.org

Dinosaurs

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By Benjamin Fisher, age 11

All atheists believe dinosaurs died out millions and millions of years ago. But how come there are still dinosaur bones today? After millions of years they would have all decayed. There have been dinosaur bones found  with living blood cells that still haven’t decayed. You would think that after millions of years the blood cells would not be there.

But how did the dinosaurs die out? Creationists might say that after the flood they were hunted down and used for meat. On the atheists point of view they evolved into birds. Dinosaurs are cold blooded reptiles and birds are worm blooded. How can one type of animal turn into another?

Atheists say that all those big dinosaurs could not fit on the ark. They are right. Big dinosaurs like brachiosaurus could not fit on the ark unless the ark was huge which would cause lots of problems for Noah. But if Noah took baby dinosaurs (most were the size of sheep) they could fit on the ark.

SOFT DINOSAUR TISSUE

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Have you ever noticed how often nature programs and nature journals or books, particularly those written for children, begin their reports with the words “Millions of years ago…”?

The majority of people have heard the phrase so many times that they’re convinced it’s a proven fact that life has evolved over hundreds of millions of years.

Did you know that soft tissues have been found in fossils and bones which are supposedly millions of years old? The Institute for Creation Research has listed some of those finds, among which is the discovery of type 1 collagen, soft blood vessels, proteins, blood cells and DNA within fossilized T Rex bones. Does it make sense to you that dinosaur bones should have soft blood vessels inside them after sixty-five million years?

Of course, evolutionists have been working hard to adequately explain away the finds, and the biased mainstream media only has to ignore the finds or stack the “evidence” against them, and we can all then continue merrily on in the belief that there is no God to answer to.

http://www.icr.org/soft-tissue-list/

http://www.icr.org/article/dinosaur-soft-tissues-theyre-real/

http://www.icr.org/article/7091/

http://www.icr.org/article/mummified-dinosaur-skin-looks-young/

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