Most of you know that birds [but not mammals] descended from dinosaurs. They all lived together for a while, until the meteorite strike that killed the dinosaurs about 65 million years ago. Some of the mammals and birds survived — as well as a few species of smaller reptiles, and the result is the world we know today.
But not everyone sees things like that. Your Curmudgeon likes to keep an open mind, so lets consider the views 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), his creationist ministry, he just posted Did Mammals Gnaw on Dinosaur Bones? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Did small mammals scavenge dinosaur bones? [Yeah, probably.] A new study looked at tiny bite marks on the bones of massive long-necked dinosaurs, the sauropods, and concluded small scavenging mammals gnawed away at the bones. [Not surprising. ] This makes sense within the context of the global flood. [What?]
A wee bit of a non sequitur there, but let’s stay with it. Oh, that “new study” Hambo mentioned was in New Scientist. Here’s the article Hambo’s talking about: Tiny mammals once scavenged meat from giant dinosaur carcasses, but you need a subscription to read it. Hambo says:
As the floodwaters rose [Hee hee!], dinosaurs and other creatures were drowned. Some were rapidly buried by the sediments carried in the water. Others drowned, and their decaying carcasses washed up on shore, where scavengers nibbled on a free meal. Eventually, rising floodwaters buried those remains, drowning and perhaps burying the scavengers along with them.
Lovely description. It’s almost as if Hambo had been there to see it happen. He tells us:
What were these mammals? The popular summary of this new study states,
[Hambo quotes New Scientist:] The first mammals were small and elusive . . . The bone fragment came from the long neck of a sauropod dinosaur, which lived in what is now China in the late Jurassic around 160 million years ago. By this time dinosaurs had dominated ecosystems for tens of millions of years. Mammals lived alongside them, but most were small and unobtrusive while the dinosaurs ruled.
Hambo doesn’t like that. He begins to rant:
Why do evolutionists believe only small mammals existed at the supposed “time of the dinosaurs”? Indeed, why do they believe there was a “time of the dinosaurs” at all?
Yeah, why? After all, that info isn’t in the bible. Hambo tries to explain why those crazed evolutionists believe as they do:
Well, it’s because of the order in the fossil record. [Skipping Hambo’s description.] Evolutionists interpret this relative order (remember — it’s just a relative order; for example, we find some fossils of birds — and many other creatures we are familiar with today — buried in the same layers as dinosaurs) as evidence of creatures that had evolved and lived during supposedly different epochs of time. Therefore, they believe dinosaurs, since their fossils only appear in certain layers, must have lived only during those epochs of time. All of this is an interpretation, based on evolutionary beliefs, that’s imposed on the evidence.
Evolutionary beliefs are imposed on the evidence? That’s an outrage! It’s a good thing we have ol’ Hambo to make us aware of these things. He continues:
Creationists don’t deny that this relative order by and large exists. But we have a very different way of looking at it (and interpreting it) because we have a different starting point, the Bible, and a different history: the eyewitness account given in God’s Word.
With that for a starting point and reliable eyewitness testimony, how can you go wrong? Let’s read on:
We believe the order in the fossil record is a record of the rising floodwaters burying various ecosystems as they rose. [BWAHAHAHAHAHA!] As the waters began to rise, it makes sense that ocean ecosystems would be first to be buried, followed by coastal ecosystems, then ones further inland (interestingly, marine invertebrates are found throughout most of the layers — clearly pointing to a deluge of water over the globe!). It’s not a record of long time — it’s a record of order of burial.
That’s the way to do it! Another excerpt:
So, were only small mammals around when the dinosaurs lived? No, all the mammal kinds of today, and the ones that are extinct, lived at the same time as dinosaurs [Not only elephants, but humans too — like Raquel Welch!], and those that weren’t on the ark drowned and were buried.
That’s great creationist history! Here’s the end of Hambo’s essay — something for you to ponder:
Two different starting points — man’s word vs. God’s Word — result in two different interpretations of the same evidence.
Well, dear reader, you have a decision to make. How much longer are you going to cling to man’s word, when ol’ Hambo is trying his hardest to save you from the Lake of Fire?
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