When we think of fossils we usually think dinosaurs. But some people are not aware that birds, mammals, and other reptiles are found in the fossil record along side dinosaurs. These animals that are found along side dinosaur fossils are considered modern animals but are they? If dinosaurs died out supposedly 65 million years ago, how did these modern animals survive? How could they be considered modern animals if they are found in the fossil record? Interesting note that these animals found in the fossil record look the same as they do now. Could they be called "living fossils" like the coelacanth which looks the same today as it did in the fossil record. Paleontologists have found mammals, turtles, salamanders, frogs and lizard fossils in so-called Triassic Period rocks. What about alligators and crocodiles? They have found fossils of them in so-called 206 million year rock layers. A number of prominent scientists along with Ernst Myer, consider crocodiles and alligators to be living fossils. "Nile Crocodiles and American Alligators belong to a group of reptiles called broad-nosed crocodilians and are the largest predators to walk on land today. They are living fossils in the sense that they resemble ancient forms and shapes and the ruggedness of their heads and bodies" (Ernst Myer, "Crocodilians as Living fossils" (1984), p. 105).
"Because the huge skeletons that were built up out of fossilized remnants were clearly reptilian in nature. They were called "terrible lizards" which in Greek is dinosauria, by the nineteenth century zoologist Sir Richard Owen. But the ancient giant reptiles are more closely related to alligators than to lizards and should have been named dinocrocodilia" (Asimov's Book of Facts (1979), p. 136).
In so-called Cretaceous Period rocks they have found birds, such as pelicans and ducks which are alive today. Also in this layer they found in amber (fossilized tree sap), ants, bees, butterflies and other insects that look the same today as they did back then.
According to a pamphlet put out by a prestigious natural history museum it states: "Cretaceous Period (145-66 million years ago) Modern animals like bees, butterflies, snakes, birds, and advanced mammals lived side by side with gigantic dinosaurs during the Cretaceous Period, which witnessed an explosion of animal species diversity throughout the globe. The Cretaceous ended violently with one of the most devastating mass extinctions in all of Earth's history. All dinosaurs (except for birds) died out completely, as did nearly half of the Earth's species. The causes of this extinction remain a mystery, but many scientists believe that a colossal asteroid impact may have been the culprit.
My question is "Why did only the dinosaurs become extinct and not all the other animals?" Modern animals living today were at the time of the dinosaurs. Could it be that the animals living today fit with the Noah's Ark account. The world-wide Flood that killed all air-breathing animals (including dinosaurs) that were not on the Ark are found in the fossil record. God told Noah to bring pairs of each "kind" (or basic type) of land-dwelling, air breathing animal into the Ark (Genesis 7:2,3,8,21,22). This requirement would have included the dinosaurs after all. God created them, along with man on the six day of creation (Genesis 1:24-27). The largest animals were probably represented by young adults. From a Biblical perspective, dinosaurs not only lived with man before the Flood, but they also survived the Flood to live with man after it (Genesis 8:19),(Job 40:15).