By Greg Neyman
© Old Earth Ministries
This question was published in Dr. John's Q&A by John Morris in May 1993. According to Morris, and most other young earth creationists, dinosaurs were passengers on the Ark with Noah. The reason he gives for their not surviving today is the standard young earth answer...they did not adapt well to the cold of the flood-induced Ice Age. However, Morris does claim that they survived for awhile, as Job mentioned them, and they probably gave rise to the many legends of dragons in different cultures. Morris claims that the evidence for dinosaurs fits the Bible, but that evolutionists have problems explaining things, like dragon legends, cave drawings, and modern sightings. This simply is not true...they fit much better in an old earth framework.
The most "dragonized" culture is that of China, although there are others. This is not a surprise, given the great numbers of dinosaur fossils that are found in China. Fossil remains, when discovered by ancient peoples, easily explains how they would come up with these dragon legends.
The same is true of cave drawings. The artists were merely drawing the creatures they saw as fossils...in essence, they were the first paleontologists, attempting to reconstruct what a dinosaur looked like!
Finding a dinosaur alive (modern sightings) would not prove that the earth is young. It would only be a living fossil, and it would prove that dinosaurs did not go extinct. Myself, and many others, would rejoice at the finding of a live dinosaur, and it would present no problems.
Job may, or may not have seen a real dinosaur. Even if he did, it does not mean that the earth is young, nor does it mean that dinosaurs were living at the same time as Job did. For more on this, see Job 40-41.
Let us suppose for a second that Morris is right, and that there were dinosaurs on the ark. There would have been a T-rex kind, and a raptor kind, and other carnivorous dinosaurs. There would have been no plants alive for food, nor other animals. When Noah released the animals, the only food source for carnivores would have been the animals released from the ark. After several months, all the animals would have been eaten, including Noah and his family.
As is typical of young earth dinosaur arguments, this one is no different. It has no merit, and no basis in fact. The story of the ark gives no clues as to whether or not dinosaurs were on the ark, but the young earth creationist MUST put them there to make their entire creation science model work. However, the old earth creation science model, with a local flood, is a much better fit with the dinosaur evidence. For more young earth dinosaur problems, read Dinosaur Evidences.
Dr. John's Q&A #53, published on the web at http://www.icr.org/index.php?module=articles&action=view&ID=1118
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