Like so many others we’ve written about, this article from the creation scientists at the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom — is yet another example of what we call the Creationist Scientific Method:
ICR’s latest story is titled Secrets from the World’s Best-Preserved Nodosaur. It was written by Brian Thomas. He’s described at the end of his articles as “Science Writer at the Institute for Creation Research.” This is ICR’s biographical information on him. You can learn more about him here: The Mind of Brian Thomas.
Brian’s “research” is based on a newspaper story about this article in National Geographic: The Amazing Dinosaur Found (Accidentally) by Miners in Canada. It says:
On the afternoon of March 21, 2011, a heavy-equipment operator named Shawn Funk was carving his way through the earth, unaware that he would soon meet a dragon. … But around 1:30, Funk’s bucket clipped something much harder than the surrounding rock. … Within minutes Funk and his supervisor, Mike Gratton, began puzzling over the walnut brown rocks.
At first glance the reassembled gray blocks look like a nine-foot-long sculpture of a dinosaur. A bony mosaic of armor coats its neck and back, and gray circles outline individual scales. Its neck gracefully curves to the left, as if reaching toward some tasty plant. But this is no lifelike sculpture. It’s an actual dinosaur, petrified from the snout to the hips.
For paleontologists the dinosaur’s amazing level of fossilization—caused by its rapid undersea burial—is as rare as winning the lottery. Usually just the bones and teeth are preserved, and only rarely do minerals replace soft tissues before they rot away. There’s also no guarantee that a fossil will keep its true-to-life shape.
One unlucky day this landlubbing animal ended up dead in a river, possibly swept in by a flood. The belly-up carcass wended its way downriver—kept afloat by gases that bacteria belched into its body cavity—and eventually washed out into the seaway, scientists surmise. Winds blew the carcass eastward, and after a week or so afloat, the bloated carcass burst. The body sank back-first onto the ocean floor, kicking up soupy mud that engulfed it. Minerals infiltrated the skin and armor and cradled its back, ensuring that the dead nodosaur would keep its true-to-life form as eons’ worth of rock piled atop it.
The creature’s immortality hinged on each link in this unlikely chain of events. If it had drifted another few hundred feet on that ancient sea, it would have fossilized beyond Suncor’s property line, keeping it entombed. Instead Funk stumbled upon the oldest Albertan dinosaur ever found, frozen in stone as if it had gazed upon Medusa.
Okay, that’s the background. Now let’s see what ICR’s Brian Thomas can do with this fossil story. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Nodosaurs were tank-like dinosaurs, similar to ankylosaurs, covered with spiky scales and a pair of two-foot-long spikes — one protruding from each shoulder. Miner Sawn Funk encountered one during 2011 in Alberta’s Millennium Mine. The fossil turned out to be the best of its kind.
No technical reports yet describe the specimen, but researchers have learned enough during the past six years of its painstaking preparation to suggest that it holds plenty of secrets about dinosaur life, death, and preservation. For example, it still has preserved skin remnants on its face and toe pads.
We made a quick search, and Brian seems to be correct — there aren’t any published papers on this fossil, at least not yet. But creation scientists don’t need to wait. They’ve read the bible, so they already know what this fossil means. Brian says:
Supposedly, 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.” But how sensible does this story sound?
Good question! Brian asks some more:
Do animals die on riverbanks today without becoming food for scavengers? This nodosaur’s “Rosetta stone for armor” had no signs of tooth tears. Plus, plenty of water would be required to lift and transport an animal that weighs upwards of 3,000 pounds — the estimated weight of the nodosaur and the known weight of a female hippo. What are the odds that the nodosaur died right next to the river, didn’t get scavenged, and that a rare immense flood occurred immediately after and carried it out to sea?
Yeah — what are the odds? Brian continues:
Something mixed large land animals with sea creatures, but it seems no aspect of this wacky river-to-ocean tale resembles reality. The high-quality nodosaur preservation, even of its skin, demands a quick and complete covering of sediments — and burial alongside sea creatures. Could the sea wash up on land so suddenly? If so, then it may have happened recently.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! It happened recently! [*End Drool Mode*] The last paragraph of Brian’s article gives us his explanation:
The Bible describes a watery catastrophe that could help solve these secrets. Who knows what other tales will need tailoring when research exposes more secrets from the world’s best-preserved nodosaur.
Yes — oh yes! — it was the Flood! Darwin was wrong, and so are all those other secular scientists. Creation science wins again!
But we have a question: If the global Flood described in the bible were a real and recent event, then why is this nodosaur unique? Fossils this well preserved should be found all the time, all over the world. Silly question, really. One fossil is enough — according to Creationist Scientific Method.
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