October 18, 2007 | David F. Coppedge

Mega-Dinosaur Found in Argentina

Check out this dinosaur: 105 feet long, 43 feet tall, having a neck 56 feet long.  The spinal column alone probably weighed 9 tons.  That’s Futalognkosaurus dukei, one of the largest dinosaurs ever found, recently reported from Argentina (see BBC News and PhysOrg).  A single vertebral bone was nearly 3 feet long.  National Geographic called it a “behemoth” (see Job 40:15-24).  “The four-story-tall plant-eater—believed to be a new species—was found alongside fossils of fish, crocodile-like reptiles, a flying pterosaur, and a sickle-clawed meat-eater called a megaraptor,” the article said.
Update 10/22/2007:  Another species of “polar” dinosaur was found in Australia, reported Science Daily.  This one, a carnivore, might have resembled Allosaurus but was 20% smaller, based on the tracks that were discovered.  Still, you’d be looking straight at its hip in real life.  The press release noted the low latitude of the vicinity but did not speculate on what this implies about the environment and this dinosaur’s ability to cope with it: “The tracks are especially significant for showing that large dinosaurs were living in a polar environment during the Cretaceous Period, when Australia was still joined to Antarctica and close to the South Pole.”

If evolution is progressive, why are all the really big success stories extinct?  Where is all the lush plant life that allowed this behemoth to exist?  Why was the fossil found with fish and leaves?  Why are all the bones found under a 0.5 meter rock layer?  How did a beast this large get fossilized in the first place?  If something this large escaped detection in the fossil record till recently, how can scientists say for sure that we won’t find large Jurassic or Cambrian mammals somewhere?  How did evolution engineer a head at the end of a 56 foot long neck that could one minute nibble the top of a tall tree, then next minute reach down and get a drink without bursting its brains out?   And where was the meat for a carnivore living near the South Pole?  What does this imply about the foliage available for its prey to eat?  What does this say about global warming?  There are just a few questions to think about that never get asked in the evolutionary literature.

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