|Dinosaur graveyard uncovered in Spain raises new questions|
|Written by Chris Perver|
|Friday, 30 November 2007 08:24|
Palaeontologists in Lo Hueco, Spain have until the end of the month to finish excavation work on a fossil graveyard that is believed to contain the remains of at least 8000 individual dinosaur skeletons. The site was discovered in June by construction workers who are building a new high-speed rail link between Madrid and Valencia. Construction work was halted temporarily, while dozens of scientists work around the clock to excavate the hundreds of fossils that lie in the path of the proposed rail link. The site was found to contain at least eight different dinosaur species, some of which have never before been found on the European continent. The sheer number of fossils located at one site, along with the preservation of the skeletons, is raising new questions about how the dinosaurs became extinct.
Quote: "Scientists had long believed that the diversity of dinosaurs declined sharply as they approached the end of their time on earth. Palaeontologists working in Lo Hueco, though, have been amazed to find a wide variety of dinosaurs from the period. “Everything indicates that the dinosaurs were enjoying great evolutionary vigour when they suddenly disappeared,” said José Luis Sanz, the co-director of the dig. Mr Ortega said the find should help shed light on the extinction of the dinosaurs in Europe and whether they also died out as a result of the huge meteorite that struck modern-day Mexico. The different species found include three, perhaps four, different types of Titanosaurus – huge, long-necked creatures that munched on plants and walked on four thick legs. More than 100 individual Titanosaurus have been found at the site, some of them with thick armour plating on their backs, a feature not previously seen in Europe. Many dinosaur skeletons that are nearly intact have also been unearthed. “We have found very complete individuals (dinosaurs) and skull fragments” from Titanosaurus, said Mr Ortega. Other dinosaurs found are believed to include Struthiosaurus, a small, armoured, quadrupedal, plant-eating dinosaur.
Evolutionary scientists are willing to raise questions about how the dinosaurs became extinct, so long as the answers don't contradict their own dogma or validate the Genesis account. The only way in which thousands of dinosaurs could be killed and their skeletons be preserved intact is if they were buried extremely quickly by some cataclysmic event. Evolutionary scientists interpret rock layers to represent vast geological ages, whereas it has been scientifically proven that hundreds of feet of fine-grained sedimentary rock can be laid down within a few hours - not 80 million years. For example, in the Mount St. Helens eruption...
Quote: "Keep in mind that most of the damage done by the eruption was water related. Mount St. Helens had been glacier-covered, and when it got hot, water raced down the mountain as a mighty flood, eroding soil, rocks, trees -- everything in its path -- eventually redepositing them at the foot of the mountain. Volcanic episodes added to the fury. When the eruption calmed, up to 600 feet of sediments had been deposited, full of plant and animal remains. Now the sediments have hardened into sedimentary rock and the dead things have fossilized. Furthermore, wood is petrifying. Peat (the precursor to coal) has formed. A deep canyon has been gouged out. Many features which geologists are taught take long ages to form, were seen to happen rapidly. Igneous rocks which formed since 1980 yield radioisotope dates of millions of years, but are obviously much younger in age.
So if the rocks aren't 80 million years old, then the skeletons in the rocks can't be 80 million years old. And if the skeleton's aren't 80 million years old, then Noah's flood was an historical event. Will the evolutionary scientists ever come to the conclusion that there was a global flood? I doubt it. Peter says the unbelievers are "willingly ignorant" of this fact. That is, they choose not to believe it, even though the evidence is overwhelming.
2nd Peter 3:5-6
They can't believe in evolutionary theory and a global flood, for the moment they reject the idea that rock layers represent huge geological periods of time, they must also reject the idea that one animal has gradually evolved into another. They would then have to admit that the Genesis account is true, and that just as God judged the world for its wickedness in Noah's day, He will do so again in our day. Praise God that as Christians, we have such wonderful evidence to back up our faith. The Christian faith isn't a blind faith, it is the only faith in the world that is based on scientific and historical evidence. But if you are not a Christian, then be warned. Because the Lord has promised that one day, He will judge the world in righteousness by that Man whom He has ordained (Acts 17:31). Just as Noah did before the flood came (2nd Peter 2:5), we seek to warn others of God's impending judgement upon this world. Jesus Christ said, "I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved", John 10:9. Today that door stands wide open for all who will come. In Noah's time, there came a day when God shut the door of the ark (Genesis 7:16), preserving Noah's family from the floodwaters and sealing the fate of the unbelieving world. Likewise for us, there will come a day when God will once again shut the door of salvation (Luke 13:25). Turn to Jesus Christ for salvation today.