By Don Ruhl
When Did Dinosaurs Live?
According to the teaching of evolution, they either died out 65 million years ago or evolved into birds. According to the teaching of creation, they mostly died in the Flood and those who survived eventually died off for many reasons.
Then again, what is a dinosaur? Why are modern reptiles, especially crocodiles and alligators not classified as dinosaurs? The word “dinosaur,” and its definition, man created. There is every reason to believe that crocodiles and alligators are dinosaurs, but the definition of a dinosaurs has been so arranged to exclude crocodile and alligators. Here are three parts of the man-made definition that exclude crocodiles and alligators:
- Dinosaurs lived on land.
- Dinosaurs had legs that went straight under their bodies.
- Dinosaurs held their bodies off the ground.
Now compare that with crocodiles and alligators?
- Where do crocodiles and alligators spend most of their time?
- What is the arrangement of their legs?
- What is the relation of their bodies to the ground?
In every other way, crocodiles and alligators were dinosaurs. Even Steve Irwin used to call them dinosaurs.
Why do I mention all this about crocodiles and alligators?
- First, to argue that some dinosaurs still live.
- Second, to show that the age of the dinosaurs did not die out millions of years ago.
- Third, therefore, we are not surprised to hear of discoveries of soft dinosaur tissue.
Preserved Soft Tissue
Eric Lyons of Apologetics Press wrote concerning a discovery in 2005 (The ellipses, that’s the three dots, I placed in the article only represent references. I removed them for easier reading, D.R.),
Allegedly, “no human being has ever seen a live dinosaur”…Evolutionary scientists insist that dinosaurs became extinct 60+ million years ago, while humans evolved approximately 57 million years later. Regardless of ubiquitous, ancient stories and artifacts that indicate man once coexisted with dinosaurs…evolutionists continue to put their confidence in assumption-based dating methods, declaring dinosaur fossils to be many millions of years older than man or monkey. More and more evidence is coming to light, however, which casts serious doubt on evolutionists’ claims.
In March 2005, “paleontologists were stunned to find that the soft tissue of a…dinosaur was preserved within a fossil from a Tyrannosaurus rex” Dr. Mary Schweitzer and her colleagues reported the find in Science magazine, describing the demineralized T. rex femur and tibia fragments as “highly fibrous,” “flexible,” and so “resilient” that “when stretched, returns to its original shape”…Amazingly, the researchers were even able to squeeze round, dark-red-to-deep-brown microscopic structures from the presumed T. rex blood vessels…Scientists were shocked! “Such a thing had never been seen before”…How could a “70-million-year-old” Tyrannosaurus rex bone still contain soft tissue?
For those who may chalk this up as just some anomaly that should cast no doubt upon the multi-million-year evolutionary timetable, consider what MSNBC science editor Alan Boyle reported on July 24, 2007: “Today, paleontologists are still stunned—not only to find material that looks like dinosaur cartilage, blood vessels, blood cells and bone cells, but to see the stuff in so many different specimens” (emp. added). Paleontologist Kristi Rogers of Macalester College said: “It’s not just a fluke occurrence…It’s something that’s more pervasive in the fossil record”…Scientists have excavated a Tyrannosaurus and a hadrosaur from Montana, a Titanosaurus from Madagascar, and more samples that the famous dinosaur fossil hunter Jack Horner has uncovered in Montana, as well as Mongolia. Regarding the hadrosaur specimen found in Montana, Dr. Mary Schweitzer stated: “It’s the ‘freshest,’ if you will, dinosaur bone that has ever had this analysis conducted on it”…
Although evolutionists continue to describe such dinosaur bones as “70 million years old,” “miraculously preserved soft tissue”…in a “growing number of tissue samples”…around the world demands a reasonable explanation. Suggesting that these bones sat around for at least 70 million years (or 25.55 billion days) in “porous sandstone” without completely fossilizing or decomposing literally is unbelievable. A much better, more logical explanation is that dinosaurs once lived on Earth in the not-too-distant past—only a few hundred or thousand years ago, not 60+ million years ago.
What are we to make of this? How could soft tissue remain after 70 million years? It is even hard to accept that it would last five thousand years! How shall we apply biblical thought to this discovery?
Do Not Fear Biblical Thought
Listen to evolutionists and you will see that they seek to intimidate you. Moreover, they appear to have everything respectable in society on their side. We might be tempted to think we cannot win. However, the Bible is right. Therefore, be patient. You shall see God’s word proven right each time! Whatever the Bible says about creation, including dinosaurs, will in time be proven right.