Rewriting the Last Dinosaur's Tombstone | The Institute for Creation Research
Rewriting the Last Dinosaur's Tombstone

“The last of the dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago,”1 according to an unsupported claim by evolutionary researchers that has been popularized in books and movies such as Jurassic Park. This conclusion is so ubiquitous that most people don’t even question whether or not it’s true. But researcher James Fassett has discovered considerable evidence that may finally convince ardent believers to re-evaluate this assumption.

Fassett found hadrosaur fossils in the Ojo Alamo Sandstone of the western United States, and they appear to have come from dinosaurs that were alive during the era when the sandstone was deposited.2 The “problem” is that this sedimentary layer and the fossils it contains have independently been shown to be Paleocene rocks that supposedly range from 65 to 55 million years in age, just younger than the Cretaceous layers that are usually considered to be the resting place for earth’s last dinosaurs.

In his studies, Fassett took great pains to rule out all possibilities other than that his dinosaurs were alive after the time when current scholarship claims “the last…died out.” For example, he tested the concentrations of rare earth metals surrounding the rock, the fossils, and the lower Cretaceous deposits. The same combination of metals exists in the hadrosaur bones and in the Paleocene layers in which they were found, but Cretaceous rocks in the area had clear differences. This helped answer the objection that these hadrosaurs were originally deposited in Cretaceous rocks, then “reworked” into Paleocene sediments eons later. In addition, 43 skeletal elements were found together from one individual. If reworking was involved, then the fragments would have been scattered.

According to the creation model, the majority of fossils resulted from creatures killed during the global Flood described in Genesis. Many dinosaur remains are found in giant fossil assemblages where dinosaur-rich ecological zones of the pre-Flood era were inundated, and the debris sorted, transported, and deposited in a giant, broad depression.3 Creation science models, which take into consideration possible effects of the worldwide catastrophe recorded in Scripture, predict that some dinosaur remains would be found in non-Cretaceous rocks.

With Fassett’s research on Paleocene dinosaurs, honest evolutionists will have to change their mantra to “Most dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago.” However, if they consider all of the relevant data, they would need to change it even further to “Most dinosaurs died out only a few thousand years ago.” But then they would be in agreement with the Bible.

References

  1. Wilford, J. N. Tissue Find Offers New Look Into Dinosaurs’ Lives. The New York Times. Posted on nytimes.com March 24, 2005, accessed April 30, 2009.
  2. Fassett, J. E. 2009. New Geochronolgic and Stratigraphic Evidence Confirms the Paleocene Age of the Dinosaur-Bearing Ojo Alamo Sandstone and Animas Formation in the San Juan Basin, New Mexico and Colorado. Palaeontologia Electronica. 12 (1): 3A. 
  3. Parker, G. 2006. Creation: Facts of Life. Green Forest, AK: Master Books, 196-198.

* Mr. Thomas is Science Writer at the Institute for Creation Research.

Article posted on May 11, 2009.

The Latest
NEWS
Dubious Views on Octopus Evolution
The octopus is one of the most amazing animals in God’s creation.1 Now, A new paper in Genome Biology and Evolution indicates...

NEWS
Microraptor Ate Mammals But Was Not a Dinosaur
The recent claim of a nearly half-inch mammal foot in the stomach of a ‘dinosaur’ is tainted by evolutionary dogma.1 The fossil...

NEWS
Dr. John Morris Is at Home with His Lord
Dr. John Morris passed peacefully away on January 29, 2023, at the age of 76. He was deeply respected and dearly loved by family, friends, and colleagues....

CREATION.LIVE PODCAST
Scripture Memory & Archaeological Evidence | Creation.Live Podcast:...
"Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You" (Psalm 119:11 NKJV). Scripture memory was important thousands of years...

NEWS
Webb Telescope Continues to Challenge Big Bang
Data obtained by the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) continue to challenge expectations of Big Bang proponents.1,2 The JWST is designed...

CREATION PODCAST
The Truth About the Chimp Genome (Humans & Chimps: Part 2) |...
Have scientists proven human evolution from a "common apelike ancestor," or are we being told a clever, confusing story filled with farcical...

NEWS
World's Oldest Meal
The Ediacara biota is a sporadic faunal (animal) stage containing unique soft-bodied fossil creatures in sandstone from the Ediacaran System dating...

NEWS
No Microbes on Mars
Mars is a lifeless world. But those holding to a naturalistic worldview continue to have hope—even faith—that the Red Planet was at...

NEWS
Flood Explains Grouping of Ichthyosaurs
The discovery of dozens of ichthyosaur fossils in Nevada was announced in the journal Current Biology.1 Seven 50-foot long ichthyosaurs of...

NEWS
Frog Stripe Evolution?
Color patterns in animals, whether vertebrates or invertebrates, are designed by the Creator for camouflage, warning, courtship, or, simply, for the...