Upside-Down Dino Footprints — What Happened?

This one starts out as a mystery from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. He just posted this at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry: Dinosaur Footprints Discovered on . . . the Roof of a Cave? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

If you were hunting for dinosaur footprints, it probably wouldn’t occur to you to look up — but that’s exactly where a team of researchers discovered a trackway of the footprints of a titanosaur (long-necked sauropod). In Southern France, researchers were crawling through a labyrinth of cave passages and discovered the prints, 1,640 feet underground.

Wowie — this is exciting! Then he says:

The researchers discovered 38 tracks, some of which were four feet long (now that’s one big dinosaur!), likely made by three of the giant creatures. A popular summary of this find describes the formation of these tracks this way:

[Hambo quotes from a blog:] They were likely made by three dinosaurs at the time when the area was on the surface, making up a muddy shoreline along which the giant creatures traveled. Over time, the site was buried by geological processes, with the tracks becoming moldings in the roof of a cave that’s half a kilometer underground.

He also tells us:

The abstract of the technical paper adds, “Some of the tracks are extremely well preserved and show impressions of digits, digital pads, and claws.” According to evolutionary thinking, these tracks are 166–168 million years old.

You already know what ol’ Hambo’s going to say about that age estimate, and he doesn’t disappoint us. He declares:

Now, consider what happens today when a creature walks along a muddy shoreline. They leave behind footprints, obviously. But do these footprints routinely become “trace fossils”? No! Why not? Because they are quickly eroded away [Which is why we don’t have billions of fossil footprints.] In order for footprints to be preserved as trace fossils, they must be buried quickly before they can erode. “Over time . . . geological processes” normally don’t bury and fossilize prints — they eliminate them!

Oh, so that‘s what geological processes do. Good to know. He continues:

But these fossils are not only preserved, some of them are preserved so well that the researchers could see delicate impressions. [Gasp!] This doesn’t point to slow and gradual processes or the fossils existing for 166 million years!

You didn’t know about the rule that says: “Sudden burial preserves, slow burial destroys.” Now you do, thanks to Hambo. Let’s read on:

Instead, it points to a catastrophe that could rapidly bury these tracks. Clearly something out of the normal happened.

Jeepers! What could it be? The thrilling answer is revealed at the end of Hambo’s post:

And that, we believe, was the catastrophe of the global flood of Noah’s day. The Bible explains what we see in the world.

Ooooooooooooh! He’s right, of course. Nothing else make sense. Wasn’t that wonderful, dear reader?

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11 responses to “Upside-Down Dino Footprints — What Happened?

  1. I’d be convinced of a young age if there were human prints, or those of any mammal, alongside. Hambo, if a flood were that catastrophic, surely it would have mixed things up a bit, and not separated bones into evolutionary succession. Your pathological reliance on Genesis doesn’t work.

  2. My own guess is that the cave was a dinosaur honeymoon resort, and those footprints on the ceiling, well … you can take it from there.

  3. Easy to explain. The earth was/is flat. At the time of Ham’s big flood, up was down and down was up. Thus the prints were quickly preserved. As the flood waters dissipated, the earth flipped over, leaving today’s down down and up up. Somewhat similar to a magnetic pole flip.

  4. Dave Luckett

    The remarkable aspect to Ham’s commentary, at least to me, is how he manages to ignore completely the fact that these fossilised footprints were found on the roof of a cave that the explorers had to crawl and squeeze through to find them. Is he really so oblivious to reality as to imagine that a great flood – forty days rising – preserved the footprints, inverted the beach they were made on, hardened the mud into rock, and buried it over a quarter of a mile deep, all in one rapid event, relatively recently?

    The answer can only be that Ham does not experience reality as others do. For Ham, reality is what his mind makes of selected parts of the Bible, by selected readings of those parts. That is, Ham is crazy. Alas, there is such a thing as crazy-smart, and he’s that, too.

    Scientist, mammals existed as far back as the Jurassic, and they were diverse. Mammalian tracks among the dinosaur footprints would not be a surprise.

  5. Michael Fugate

    Scientists can’t answer x, therefore science is wrong.

  6. Therefore Creatiomism/Imtelligent

  7. “But do these footprints routinely become “trace fossils”?”
    BWAHAHAHAHA! Neither did they back then. That’s why they are so rare.
    What I do not expect is those fossilized footprints sinking down into the grown in a few thousands of years. What geological process would be responsible for that? Ah well, eventually Ol’Hambo always can proclaim that goddiddid.
    Wonderful indeed, dear SC.

    @MichaelF and TomS: and don’t you dare to call it a god of the gaps, ‘cuz dino prints on the roof of a cave is exactly what you should expect after reading the Bible!

  8. Michael Fugate

    Take a peak at First Things today as they bring up the “we can’t be an accident” mantra.

  9. This ain’t a new thing. They have them at Dinosaur Ridge near Denver Co.

    Go down to “Brontosaur Bulges”

  10. @DL. Thanks, I knew that and carelessly changed human and cow to mammal. Good to correct.

  11. Hambo has it all wrong.

    The footprints were left during the Flud, when the Dino’s got swept into the cave and then upside down, they pressed into the cave ceiling as the Flud waters rose, eventually drowning them.