Ask any judge—when reconstructing the past, the testimony of reliable eyewitnesses rountinely trumps other forms of evidence. And there are more than a few ancient eyewitness testimonies that provide the best answers to questions about dinosaurs.
The first and most important eyewitness was the Creator Himself. He wrote in Genesis 1:25:
And God made the beast of the earth after his own kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind.
“Cattle” refers to domesticated animals, “creeping things” refers to small creatures, and “beasts of the earth” are the large, non-domesticated animals. There were about 50 different basic “kinds” of dinosaurs, and their fossils show that they had well-proportioned bodies that were well-designed for the life each led. Some dinosaurs, like Compsognathus or Mussaurus, were small “creeping things.” But others, like Tyrannosaurus or Ultrasaurus, were large “beasts of the earth” made alongside man on Day 6 of the creation week, according to the testimony of the only One who was actually there.
So, if dinosaurs were created and once lived in abundance, as the fossil record testifies, then why are they not still alive?
Genesis 7:22 states that during the Flood, “all in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died.” Dinosaurs living on earth at that time would have perished in its waters, since their fossil skulls show nostrils and they would have therefore had “the breath of life.” Also, dinosaur fossils are most often found in jumbled assemblages, having been buried in water-borne mud that hardened into rock layers covering enormous regions.1 These fossils are found on all continents, just as would be expected from a worldwide Flood.
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