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Discovery Magazine 11/1/2003

Dinosaur Fossils and The Flood

by  AP Staff

One of the greatest mysteries concerning the dinosaurs is the number of huge fossil “graveyards” found in different parts of the world. Dinosaur fossils have been discovered as far north as the Artic, as far south as Antarctica, and almost everywhere in between. In fact, dinosaur fossils have been found on all seven continents. At Dinosaur National Monument on the Colorado/Utah border, more than 300 dinosaurs of many different kinds have been excavated. Another site in Utah has produced 10,000 dinosaur bones that were extracted from the rock. The burial of such large numbers of dinosaurs in various locations all over the world demands an adequate explanation.

Because most scholars believe the fossilization of bones usually requires large quantities of water, many scientist believe that local flash floods caused large herds of dinosaurs to drown. Others believe that some of the graveyards resulted from animals attempting to cross flooded rivers. No doubt, such localized disasters have occurred throughout the world, just as they still occur today from time to time. But, the problem with these theories is that, while they may explain some places, they don’t adequately explain the existence of dinosaur graveyards throughout the whole world.

The fossilized bones of dinosaurs found in graveyards on all seven continents are best explained by the worldwide Flood of Noah’s day, not by localized floods scattered throughout history. In Genesis 7:19, the Bible explains that during the Flood of Noah’s day “all the high hills under the whole heaven were covered.” Not one single hill on the entire Earth was left dry. That would mean that the only dry area on the globe would have been inside Noah’s ark.

During the year-long global Flood, thousands of dinosaurs drowned, and their bones were buried very quickly in muddy deposits. This could account for the chaotic jumble of dinosaur bones found in bone beds in various parts of the world-from Alberta, Canada to Tanzania, Africa. Although the Flood did not destroy all of the dinosaurs (since some would have been on Noah’s ark), it is the best explanation as to why these giant reptiles were rapidly overwhelmed, buried, and fossilized.

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