"Millions of years ago, when dinosaurs ruled the earth, long before man evolved". This begins many children's books about dinosaurs. In adult books and movies, the message remains the same. Any new dinosaur discovery is always exciting news. Everyone, young and old is fascinated by dinosaurs : Those terrible lizards with the razor sharp teeth and huge, reptilian bodies, which the entertainment industry portrays as fearsome hunters!
There is a wide interest in dinosaurs. But most of the facts are vast misinformation regarding them. Dinosaurs supposedly ruled the earth approximately 220 million years ago until they all became extinct some 65 million years ago. All this occurred, according to evolution, through strictly natural processes, operating totally at random, with no directing mind guiding life's development. If all the dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago and their fossils are found in rock strata, how could of the other animals survived, such as amphibians, birds, mammals, and other reptiles of today? Many of these modern animals are also found in the fossil record along with dinosaurs. Would not every living thing perish in such a catastrophe? Theories on dinosaur extinction are many and varied. The most publicized evolutionary theory is the idea of a comet or asteroid crashing into the earth and starting a chain reaction which eventually led to the extinction of all the dinosaurs. If this was the case, how could tiny, fragile birds or mammals survive an event which killed all the large, strong dinosaurs?
But there is an untold story that should be told about dinosaurs. There is a biblical explanation for the extinction of dinosaurs and many other creatures found in the fossil record. The dinosaur fossils, and all other known fossils, too, seem to show that the event which deposited them was an unthinkable cataclysmic event, worldwide in scope. Sedimentary rock, by definition, is made of water-deposited sediments which have hardened into rock. These sediments are the type of strata that would have resulted from a huge flood such as that is described in Genesis.
Typically, fossils are found in fossil graveyards where the animals have been dismembered and the remains broken and scattered about. Sometimes bones are mixed with bones of other individual animals, making reconstruction extremely difficult. Animal and plant remains from vastly different environments and habitats are often mixed together. For any creature to be fossilized in a flood, it must be buried rapidly. Otherwise, it will decompose or be eaten within a fairly short period of time. Obviously, these vast fossil graveyards were collections of creatures who died in the global Flood of Noah's day, recorded in Genesis.
To most people, fossils speak of slow and gradual formation of "millions of years". But many fossil specimens show otherwise. There are countless examples of fossils which clearly show that long time spans could not of been involved. One example, is a miners felt hat that turned to rock, when it was left in a mine in Australia, where it had been covered with water for over 50 years. Over that time the chemicals in the water precipitated within the open structure of the felt material of the soft hat, turning it into stone by a process called mineralization. Calcium carbonate has permeated the original felt material of the hat. The quick-forming "stone" hat adds weight to the claim of creation scientists who say that thousands of millions of years are not needed to form rocks or to fossilize animals and plants.
Before the Flood, plants were larger, vegetation was lush, the whole earth was a tropical environment, with many of the dinosaurs being big eaters. After the Flood, plants were less abundant, and many areas of the world were environmentally harsh.
Dinosaurs have been found on every continent of the world, as far north as Alaska, and as far south as Antarctica. But the best known dinosaur deposits (at least that have been best studied) are found in the western United States, and to a lesser degree in western Canada. One very interesting deposit in Montana contains portions of up to ten thousand duck-billed dinosaurs fossilized together.
Furthermore, the level of detailed preservation in many fossils, show that they must have formed quickly, before decay could occur. When you accept the Bible (KJV) as the truthful Word of the Creator :The Lord Jesus Christ and read Genesis (chapters 6-8), you will see the account of God's judgment on man's wickedness through the worldwide Flood. Do fossils take millions of years to form? No! All you need is the right conditions to form fossils : lots of water to create muddy sediments and rapid burial as happened during the Flood of Noah's day.