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Dinosaurs on the Ark
There were dinosaurs on Noah’s ark. Dinosaurs flourished in the pre-flood world in an environment that was different from what we know today. That being said we would expect to find some evidence of dinosaurs and humans living together.
First, it must be realized that the assumptions made by young earth creationists are different than those maintained by evolutionists. The most obvious difference is that the earth is only 7000 years old rather than some 4.5 billion. Therefore dinosaurs existed only 5000 years ago at the time of Noah’s flood. What evidence is there to support such a claim?
In the 1990’s Mary Schweitzer, a palaeontologist, discovered soft tissue in the bone of a T. Rex. That’s right, a bone, not a fossil, the bone was unmineralized and still contained soft tissue including blood cells. This created a furor in the scientific community as soft tissue is not supposed to be able to survive for the 65 million years since the demise of the T. Rex. All sorts of suggestions were made as to how this could be, most suggesting some sort of contamination.
Further work by Mary Schweitzer and others resulted in the confirmation of her original work. Soft tissue was found in the remains of an Iguanodon (120 million years ago) and a Hadrosaur (80 mya). Collagen was identified as well as two other proteins. To a young earth creationist the simplest explanation is that these remains are from creatures that lived only a couple of thousand years ago (actually some creation scientists have suggested only hundreds of years). Evolutionists are looking for a mechanism that will preserve soft tissue and proteins over tens of millions of years.
There is also evidence in cave drawings and folk tales of human and dinosaurs interacting, only the dinosaurs are called dragons. Many of these drawings and tales are simply dismissed as being mythological or being “tall tales”, but we have to ask, did the people who made these drawings and told these tales do such things? Was it in their culture to make imaginative drawings and to tell imaginative tales?
Today our culture is based on imaginative tales. Check any bookstore or library, we do not have a factual section and non-factual, we have fiction and non-fiction, fiction sets the standard for us. Not so with many primitive cultures. As we examine their drawings and tales we find that they recorded what was real to them. At the minimum we can identify plesiosaurs (aborigine cave drawing from Australia) and stegosaurs (the temple of Angkor Wat). The Bible also contains a reference to dinosaurs in Job 40-41, there they are referred to as behemoth and leviathan (two different animals).
As dinosaurs existed prior to the flood they must also have been on board Noah’s ark. It was most likely juvenile dinosaurs that boarded the ark, being much smaller than fully grown adults. Even using size and growth charts produced by evolutionists the average size of a dinosaur boarding the ark would have been approximately that of a bison, and in the year spent on board the ark they would not have grown a great deal.
The young earth creationist has no problem with dinosaurs. They lived alongside humans and mammals and boarded Noah’s ark. Their existence is recorded in rock art, on pottery and in sculpture. They are ubiquitous in the literature of cultures around the world. It is still hoped that a living example will be found as even today new species of animals are continually being found, and even some living fossils, e.g. coelacanth. As always, the Christian has no reason to doubt what is found in the Bible.
- Australias Aborigines ... did they see dinosaurs?
Creation Ministries International, home of Creation Magazine; scientific evidence supporting Genesis
- Why Dont We Find Human & Dinosaur Fossils Together? - Answers in Genesis
It has long been stated that since human and dinosaur fossils are not found together, therefore they did not coexist. Bodie Hodge takes issue with this fallacy.
- Dinosaur Soft Tissue Finally Makes News
Although creation-based organizations have reported for over a decade on the technical scientific journal articles published about soft tissue found inside dinosaur remains, mainstream media outlets have largely been silent on the subject. But a rece