A few weeks ago, PhysOrg posted ‘Amazing Dragon’ unearthed in China pushes back date of earliest sauropods in Asia. They say:
A team of researchers from China and the U.K. has unearthed the remains of the earliest diplodocoid ever found in eastern Asia. In their paper published in the journal Nature Communications [A new Middle Jurassic diplodocoid suggests an earlier dispersal and diversification of sauropod dinosaurs, readable online], the group describes the place where the fossil was found and what the find revealed about the history of the large dinosaurs.
Sauropods are a class of dinosaur — they are known as very large vegetarians with long necks and massive bodies. Diplodocids are regarded as a super-family of sauropods representing some of the largest animals that have ever lived on land. They have been classified as neosauropods because of their more recent evolutionary history compared to other sauropods. But their absence in eastern Asia suggested something had prevented them from moving into that area. But now, it appears that assumption is wrong. … The find proves that diplodocids did exist in what is now eastern Asia, during the time before Pangaea broke apart. That means they had to have arrived at least 15 million years earlier than previously thought.
The news has just reached Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. At the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), Hambo’s creationist ministry, he wrote: A Dinosaur in the Wrong Place, Wrong Time? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Evolutionary scientists have recently announced the “surprising discovery” of a dinosaur similar to Diplodocus (one of the long-necked dinosaurs) in a region of northwest China where these dinosaurs were not believed to have lived, fifteen million years earlier than scientists thought they had evolved. This discovery now “forces a complete re-evaluation of the origins and evolution of these animals.”
Ooooooooooooh! The evolutionists were wrong! That’s in contrast to creation scientists, who are never wrong. Hambo says:
When I point out that the evolutionary story and timeline have been revised again many evolutionists will quickly declare, “that’s science! The process of science changes our knowledge as we discover more evidence and data.” But what’s wrong with this argument?
Tell us, Hambo! Here it comes:
Well, first of all, this kind of thinking ignores the difference between observational and historical science. Observational science is directly testable, observable, and repeatable. It’s the kind of science that develops medical innovations and new technologies. But historical science deals with the past (like these dinosaur fossils). It is not directly testable, observable, or repeatable so what you believe about the past will directly determine how you interpret the evidence in the present.
With this in mind, [Hee hee!] consider this find. [We’re ready, Hambo!] The observational evidence is dinosaur fossils in a rock layer in China. The fossils don’t come with tags, telling us this dinosaur lived millions of years ago and they certainly don’t tell us they evolved from another kind. [Ooooooooooooh!] Those are interpretations imposed on the evidence because of an evolutionary starting point. And this starting point is consistently getting the story wrong! We don’t know those dinosaurs lived in that area or even died there — all we know is some remains of them are found in that area as fossils.
Wowie — he’s right! Let’s read on:
You see, it’s not just the occasional fossil popping up at the wrong evolutionary time in the wrong place. If you follow science news at all, you will see that nearly every week there’s at least one story claiming that everything we knew about the evolution of such-and-such a creature needs to be rewritten in light of a new find, study, or perspective on a find. And what always happens? Evolution just absorbs these changes. The model is so plastic it just changes with every new find.
And creationism never changes. Why? Because they start with The Truth™. Here’s our last excerpt:
Because evolutionists start with the wrong starting point [The fools!], they will consistently be surprised and have to rewrite their story. … Many more surprises are still to come for evolutionists because they have the wrong starting point — man’s fallible opinions rather than God’s infallible Word.
Hambo doesn’t bother to give us his explanation for the evidence found in China, but he doesn’t need to. We already know — the dinosaur was dumped there by the Flood 4,000 years ago. Creation scientists have a good deal — they don’t need to do any research because they already know everything. So why don’t you join them, dear reader?
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