Of all the creatures that have ever lived, the dinosaurs are the greatest fascination to man, particularly to children. This is perhaps because of their spectacular size in many cases (dinosaurs ranged in size from that comparable to a rooster and that of a Diplodocus at almost 90 feet long) and because they possessed so many unusual anatomical features. The fossil record of dinosaurs speaks out as clearly for creation as would be possible for creatures now extinct.
Dinosaurs were divided into two orders, saurischians (say-RISS-ey-uns): "lizard-hipped" and ornithischians (or-ni-THISS-ey-uns): "bird-hipped".
Fossil hunters are very frustrated that they have not been able to find any transitional forms, or in-between kinds,that they should be able to find if evolution were true. Instead, each one of the many kinds of dinosaurs appear in the fossil record already complete, as if they came out of nowhere, just as you would expect if God had created them. Dinosaurs were mostly land animals. But sometimes they categorize marine and flying reptiles (which are not dinosaurs) with dinosaurs.
Dinosaurs came in all shapes and sizes; tall ones, short ones, fat ones, and skinny ones. The list goes on and on. Here is a few from the list :
Iguanodon (ih-GWAN-oh-DON), one of the most famous of the dinosaurs discovered in 1822 from a tooth that looked like an iguana tooth but only larger. In 1877, they found complete skeletons of them in a coal mine in southwest Belgium. A unique feature about the Iguanodon was its spiked thumbs which were possibly used for defense against predators or an aid to obtaining food. Iguanodon's grew to 33 feet in length. It was a herbivore. Its name means "iguana tooth".
Triceratops (tri-SAIR-ah-tops), which means "three-horned face". The first complete skull of Triceratops wasfound in 1888 in Wyoming. Unique characteristics of them were the frill and three horns (two horns above the eyes and one nose horn). They were used for defense against predators. Triceratops grew to 30 feet long and weighed about 6 tons. It was a herbivore.
Stegosaurus (STEG-oh-SORE-us), had large spikes and plates on back, up to 30 inches high. Plates on the back were perhaps heat exchangers, as they were lined with blood vessels. Stegosaurus grew up to 30 feet long and weighed about 2 tons. It was a herbivore.
Edmontosaurus (ed-MON-toh-SORE-us) named for Edmonton, Canada where it was found. One of the largest hadtrosaurs (Duck-billed). They grew to 43 feet long and weighing 3 to 3 and 1/2 tons.
Allosaurus (AL-oh-SORE-us), was as large as a bus, 35 to 40 feet long, and about 15 feet high and weighing 1 to 2 tons. It was a carnivore.
Tyrannosaurus (tie-RAN-oh-SORE-us), was "king of the tyrant lizards". It was a lot bigger than Allosaurus at 50 feet long and weighing 6 to 7 tons. It was as large as a big semi-truck with a trailer. It had a skull of about 6 feet long with serrated 7 inch long teeth. It was a carnivore. A nearly complete skeleton was discovered on a ranch on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation near Faith, South Dakota. They gave it the name of "Sue".
Diplodocus (de-PLOH-dah-kus), is one of the best known dinosaurs. Its name means "double-beam". It belong to the sauropod family of dinosaurs. It was very long with a length of about 87 feet and weighed about 10 to 12 tons. Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh has their own Diplodocus (Diplodocus carnegii). It was named after Andrew Carnegie and was affectionately nick-named "Dippy" by the public.
Compsognathus (KOMP-sog-NAY-thus), was the smallest of the lightweight predators, about the size of a rooster and weighing 6 and 1/2 pounds.
We see, then, that the entire fossil record of the dinosaurs, capturing for us fascinating history of these remarkable creatures, is most definitely, powerful positive evidence for creation. Dinosaurs were created by deliberate design than by random chance.