This is another brilliant post from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. It’s at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), Hambo’s creationist ministry. The title is T. Rex Even Bigger Than Once Thought. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Scientists in Canada have announced their analysis of a 65% complete T. rex skeleton, painstakingly dug out of rock and analyzed over the past 29 years. Their estimates put this dinosaur at 28-years-old at death and a whopping 19,500 pounds. Now that’s a big dinosaur!
Then he quotes from an article in National Geographic which says:
T. rex is one of the best represented extinct dinosaurs, with more than 20 fossil individuals identified.
Hambo leaps upon that and tells us:
Now, many people have the impression we have many fossil representatives of each, or at least most, dinosaur species. But often that’s not the case. The clear majority of the fossil record is made up of sea creatures (understandably since the flood of Noah was a marine catastrophe), particularly corals and shellfish, and only a tiny fraction is vertebrates, of which an even tinier fraction is dinosaurs.
The relative scarcity of vertebrate fossils (if we ignore fish) has nothing to do with the Flood, but with time. They haven’t been around as long as sea creatures. Hambo knows that vertebrate fossils are relatively rare, but it doesn’t stop him and other creationists from demanding that we show them a perfect, generation-by-generation fossil record demonstrating the evolution of all life on Earth. Anyway, he finally gets around to the point of his post:
And that brings me to the question we’re frequently asked, “Why don’t we find dinosaurs and humans buried together?” [Hee hee!] Well, the first thing to recognize is how scanty the fossil record is when it comes to land creatures — there are only 20 incomplete fossil individuals of T. rex! Since marine creatures are more numerous than land-dwelling vertebrates and since the flood was a marine catastrophe, it makes sense that most of our fossils are of marine creatures, not dinosaurs or people.
See? Hambo has an excuse for the fossils he can’t produce — but you don’t. He continues:
Also, just because something wasn’t buried together doesn’t mean they didn’t live together. [Yeah!] There are many creatures in the wild today that humans rarely cross paths with, such as snow leopards or giant pandas. And, honestly, in a sin-cursed and broken world, who’s going to want to live near T. rex anyway? Just because humans and dinosaurs aren’t found buried in the same layers doesn’t mean humans didn’t once live at the same time.
Uh, Hambo, those geological layers extend beyond one’s local neighborhood. Never mind, he’s not listening to us. Instead, he adds another zinger to strengthen his argument:
And there are many creatures alive that live alongside man today, that are also found as fossils in the same layers as dinosaurs yet they’re not found with human fossils!
What’s he thinking about — crabs? Yeah, they’ve been around a long time, but they live in water and humans usually aren’t buried with them. So what? Their remains exist in the same geological time period.
Ah well, Hambo thinks he’s made his point, and he concludes by referring us to something his son-in-law wrote:
Bodie Hodge has written an excellent and more thorough response to this question in our New Answers Book 1 and you can read that chapter here [Okay, here it is].
That’s it, dear reader. Humans and dinosaurs lived at the same time — and the fossil record proves nothing. The lesson learned is this: Creationism is always right!
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