Thursday, June 26, 2014

Edmontosaurus: Discovered in North America

My family and I recently took a trip to a museum in Columbia, South Carolina. As someone who has always been fascinated by dinosaurs, I was excited to check out the “Land of Fire and Ice” exhibit. Of course, I realize these exhibits are always tainted by the inaccurate descriptions of evolution, as I was greeted by the sign that said we were going to travel back 70 million years.

In the second of the three rooms I got to see a replica of Edmontosaurus, a dinosaur supposedly from the Cretaceous period. Beside the dino was this sign that read, “Did you know? In 2004 a well preserved Edmontosaurus (with skin impressions) was found in North Dakota.”

And that really was quite a find. Very few mummified dinosaurs have been discovered.

Then in the third room there was a map on the wall that showed what North America looked like 85 million years ago. Notice where North Dakota is. If you cannot see, it is almost completely underwater.

In fact, scientists believe that through the entire Cretaceous period (65-145 million years ago) North Dakota was submerged. Anyone else curious how a well preserved Edmontosaurus was found in a region that he never would have been in?

(To be fair, the northeast corner of North Dakota doesn't appear to be underwater, but this discovery was made in the southwest corner)

The story gets better. According to an article on Red Orbit’s website, “Typically, animal tissue decomposes shortly after death. But researchers said [this dinosaur] must have been swiftly buried under just the right circumstances for the texture of the skin to be preserved.”

By “just the right circumstances,” I’m assuming they don’t mean Noah’s Flood, but that certainly would have done the trick.

This is an amazing discovery, but the discovery itself points to a young earth. Even the most well preserved bone or fossil, even in “just the right circumstances,” could only last a few thousand years. 65-145 million years would not leave us with anything, let alone a complete lizard.

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