Ken Ham, Dinosaurs, and Flowers

An article recently appeared at PhysOrg that we didn’t pay attention to — at the time: Those fragrances you enjoy? Dinosaurs liked them first. It says:

The compounds behind the perfumes and colognes you enjoy have been eliciting olfactory excitement since dinosaurs walked the Earth amid the first appearance of flowering plants, new research reveals. Oregon State University entomologist George Poinar Jr. and his son Greg, a fragrance collector, found evidence that floral scents originated in primitive flowers as far back as 100 million years ago as pollinator attractants — a role they still play even though today’s flowers also have colorful petals for luring pollinators.


The Poinars examined amber flowers from Burma, including the now extinct glandular laurel flower (Cascolaurus burmensis) and veined star flower (Tropidogyne pentaptera). The research revealed that the flower-based chemical compounds that are the basis for the perfumes and colognes we use today have been providing olfactory excitement to pollinating insects and other animals since the mid-Cretaceous Period.

They also toss this in:

“I bet some of the dinosaurs could have detected the scents of these early flowers,” George Poinar said. “In fact, floral essences from these early flowers could even have attracted these giant reptiles.”

This has come to the attention of 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 posted Did Dinosaurs Stop and Smell the Roses? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

According to a new study of flowers trapped in amber, flowering plants had the same fragrant scents at the so-called “time of the dinosaurs” as many flowers have today — essentially, flower scents haven’t changed in supposed tens of millions of years. The lead author of this study even suggests that dinosaurs were attracted to the flowers and enjoyed their scents just like many creatures today.

Great, huh? The “so-called” time of the dinosaurs, “supposed tens of millions of years” ago. Then he says:

When I read through this story, my first thought was: it’s a made-up story! [Hee hee!] The analysis of the amber-encased flowers showed they produce the compounds to make the beautiful scents we enjoy today, but there’s no evidence dinosaurs likewise enjoyed these scents. Did these scientists witness the dinosaurs smelling the flowers?

Yeah — how do they know? Were they there? After that devastating criticism, Hambo tells us:

The article even admits it’s little more than a guess — which is what the whole story of evolution is: a guess, a made-up story!

This is Hambo at his best. He continues:

Did dinosaurs stop and smell the roses, so to speak? Perhaps they did — we don’t know as they are extinct. What we do know is that God created flowers with the ability to create beautiful scents from the very beginning.

Yes, that’s what we do know. Hambo ends his brief post with this:

These flowers aren’t tens of millions of years old. Flowers were created on day three of creation week (three days before all the land animals — when the group we today call dinosaurs were created) just 6,000 years ago. So it’s not surprising these preserved flowers would have smelled similar to flowers today.

That’s it, dear reader. It just goes to show ya — Darwinists can’t fool ol’ Hambo!

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4 responses to “Ken Ham, Dinosaurs, and Flowers

  1. “flower scents haven’t changed in supposed tens of millions of years”
    Oooohhhh! They didn’t evolve! Evilution Theory is busted!

  2. Of course, we have no idea what those early flowers actually smelled like, only that they apparently had scents. But that distinction is apparently lost on Ken Ham, who as we all know has no sense.

  3. I’m not sure why the article mentions that dinosaurs might have smelled the flowers. Surely the mammals that existed at the time would have smelled them as well. (There is research that suggests that mammals did co-exist with the dinosaurs.) After all, hummingbirds, which are descendants of the dinosaurs, actually are more in tune with flower color rather than the scent as they don’t have very good sense of smell.