Evolutionists think dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago. They think they ruled the Earth for 150 million years too.
That’s a long, long time.
There are all kinds of dinosaurs. Some were gigantic but others were about as small as a house cat. Some dinosaurs had horns like the famous Triceratops.
Others had plates on their backs like the well-known Stegosaurus. Others were bigger than your house and had necks longer than a city bus.
That’s a lot of variety. Keep in mind that Evolution is the idea that tiny changes in the DNA code of a life-form created new DNA code information.
This new information built a life-form in a slightly different and better way. These slight changes caused one kind of creature to change into another over millions of years.
So – if Evolution is true and dinosaurs really did “rule the Earth” for 150 million years, we should see all sorts of “in-between” forms between one kind of dinosaur and another.
But we don’t.
Dinosaurs were first discovered by modern scientists in 1822. Dr. Gideon Mantell’s wife picked up an interesting rock that turned out to be part of a dinosaur.
Dr. Mantell dug around after his wife’s discovery and found some more bones. Later, Dr. Mantell and a friend decided the teeth he had found looked a lot like the teeth of a lizard called an iguana.
Dr. Mantell went with that idea and named the creature Iguanodon (Iguana-toothed).
It wasn’t long before scientists found other creatures similar to Iguanodon. Sir Richard Owen, a very respected scientist at the time, called the newly discovered animals “dinosaurs”.
The word simply means “terrible lizard.”
Over time we’ve found hundreds of kinds of dinosaurs. These can be grouped into two large groups based on the hips. One group had a “reptile-like” pelvis (saurischian dinosaurs).
The other group had a “bird-like” pelvis and an additional bone in the lower jaw (a predentary bone) that “reptile-like” dinosaurs didn’t have. (1)
There are a lot of dinosaurs. Some scientists call one dinosaur a different species but another scientist may say it’s just a variety of the same dinosaur.
It’s hard to tell really.
It’s sort of like looking at an animal kind like the horse. There are all sorts of horse-like animals. Horses, donkeys and zebras are all “horse-like” but many scientists think they are separate species.
But what if Evolutionists had only found the bones of these animals? They might think they all “evolved” separately. But we know today that horses, donkeys and zebras can breed together. They don’t often breed together but they can breed together.
In the same way, there are dinosaurs that just might be varieties of a single kind of dinosaur. We just can’t be sure.
Still – is there any evidence these amazing creatures evolved?
Remember – Evolutionists say these animals were hanging out on planet Earth for 150 million years. We should see buckets and buckets of examples of animals “in-between” or “transitional” between one kind of dinosaur and another. We should see this if Evolution is what really happened in the past.
Let’s take a really short look at just a few of the dinosaur kinds to find out…
Horned dinosaurs such as Triceratops (suborder Ceratopsia) had all sorts of bony crests, horns and bony neck shields. Some of these animals weighed 8 – 10 tons (7 – 9 metric tons) and could be up to 20 feet long (6 meters).
So – Evolution says another animal slowly changed into Triceratops over millions of years. The only dinosaur Evolutionists think could have been the ancestor for the horned dinosaurs is called Protoceratops. This animal didn’t have any horns but it did have some bony wrinkles.
But Protoceratops is only found in the same rocks as other horned dinosaurs. How can it be the ancestor of the other horned dinosaurs if it’s found in the same rock?
That just doesn’t work.
How about duck-billed dinosaurs (hadrosaurs). These guys had duck-like bills but lots of teeth in the back of the bill.
Some of them had weird, hollow domes or bony crests on their heads. They had webbed feet (with hooves instead of claws) and could be about 30 feet long (10 meters).
So where are the “in-between” or “transitional” forms showing an ordinary dinosaur slowly getting a duck bill? Or where are the “in-between” forms showing a hollow bony crest forming on the head?
Haven’t found any…
Or what about the armored dinosaurs (ankylosauria)? These guys were like walking tanks. Some of them had spikes on their tails or shoulders. Others had rows of bony wrinkles on their backs.
Any “in-between” forms for the armored dinosaurs?
How about the big dinosaurs like Brachiosaurus? They guys could be a hundred feet long (30 - 40 meters), weigh 80 tons (72 metric tons) and stand taller than a four story office building.
Even cooler – Brachiosaurus had its nose on the top of its head.
So do we find fossils of animals getting taller and longer over millions of years? How about examples of animals with the nose slowly moving up toward the top of the head?
Nope! No in-between forms for the big dinosaurs either. None. Zip. Nada.
In fact, we don’t find a single “in-between” or “transitional” form for ANY of the suborders of dinosaurs. Not even one. (2)
Okay – that’s got to tell you something. 150 million years of “evolution” and you can’t produce even one good example of an “in-between” form showing that evolution happened?
The truth is the “slow and gradual” idea of Evolution over millions of years is NOT supported by evidence in the fossils. (3) This is true for every kind of life-form, not just dinosaurs.
Every paleontologist knows this, which is why many scientists are saying Evolution must have “jumped” or happened so quickly there were no “in-between” forms.
But no one has ever seen this sort of thing in real life. No farmer has suddenly seen his pigs grow wings. No scientist has been witnessed one kind of animal suddenly change into a completely different kind of animal – slowly or quickly.
That makes it look like life-forms were planned and built on purpose. That’s what the evidence really looks like – just ask Evolutionist and anti-Creationist Dr. Derek Ager.
He said, “It must be significant that nearly all the evolutionary stories I learned as a student…have now been ‘debunked.’” (4)
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(1) Gish, Duane T. Evolution: The Fossils Still Say No! Institute for Creation Research. Dallas, TX 1996. p. 116. Print.
(2) Ibid. p. 128. “If evolution is true, our natural history museums should have numerous fossils of undoubted transitional forms revealing a gradual evolutionary origin of horns, duck-bills, spikes, plates, crests, bony domes and many other unique features of the dinosaurs. Not one such transitional form has ever been found. The fossil record of dinosaurs is a tremendous, positive testimony to the truth of special creation.”
(3) Stanley, Steven M., Macroevolution: Pattern and Process (San Francisco: W.H. freeman and Co., 1979), p. 39. “The know fossil record fails to document a single example of phyletic evolution accomplishing a major morphologic transition and hence offers no evidence that the gradualistic model can be valid.”
(4) Ager, D.V., “The Nature of the Fossil Record,” Proceedings of the Geological Association, vol. 87, no. 2 (1976), p. 132. Presidential Address, March 5, 1976.