The Daily Dinosaur Media
Dinosaur discoveries continue to make news. Here are some recent findings by those who dig getting out and digging for what they can get out:
- Giant Ascending the Grand Staircase: A new species of duck-billed dinosaur was found in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, reported Science Daily, EurekAlert, Live Science and National Geographic. High school students helped find this giant of a hadrosaur that was named Gryposaurus monumentensis. It was 30 feet long and stood 10 feet tall. And what did it eat with its 800 teeth and massive jaws? Plants, they think: “While the diet is unknown, given the considerable size of the creature, the massive teeth and jaws are thought to have been used to slice up large amounts of tough, fibrous plant material.” Its hundreds of teeth recycled like a conveyor belt, giving it continual biting power. They believe it was buried in the bend of a river. It was found “exquisitely preserved.”
The remote Kaiparowitz Formation northwest of Lake Powell, where this dinosaur was found, is largely unexplored. A number of other dinosaurs have been discovered in it, along with fish, lizards and mammals – but the findings may represent only 5% of what remains to be found.
- Chinese Boxer: The reconstruction of Suzhousaurus megatherioides, a new species of therizinosaur found in northwest China, looks like a long-necked wrestler or boxer. But this fighter wasn’t out for blood; Live Science said that therizinosaurs are considered theropods that “went vegetarian.” National Geographic called it a “weird dinosaur” because it was large, long-necked, short-tailed and had long arms with three claws each. Unlike the short-armed, carnivorous T. rex theropod, maybe this one wrestled plants to the ground. The article claims that the earliest North American therizinosaur dates from 90 million years, but S. megatherioides dates from 115 million years. This would mean the group took 15 million years to discover North America. It would also mean that the first therizinosaurs were huge, and evolved smaller over that time.
- Rex was here: The BBC News reported the discovery of a possible T. rex footprint in Montana. The three-toed print would fill a square meter.
- Dead Loch Ness monster: A plesiosaur vertebrum was found in Northern Ireland, the BBC News said. Many think the Loch Ness monster resembled this long-necked, flippered swimmer, and now a rare fossil of a plesiosaur has been found in that part of the world. A museum curator “examined the fossil and believes it could be 190 million years old.” Ichthyosaurs and shark teeth have also been found at the site on the Colin River.
On the home front, Walking with Dinosaurs, the traveling stage show, is currently drawing crowds in the eastern United States. Brendan Maher reported for Nature (09/27/2007, pp. 395-396) that hundreds of children are flocking to the shows to see their favorite monsters. The $20 million production, equipped with animatronic giants and puppets, tells “the tale of the dinosaurs’ 160-million-year lease on Earth.” Ken Lacovia, a paleontologist who watched the show with Maher, was pleased to see all the kids in the Philadelphia sports arena. He portrayed dinosaurs as “a gateway drug for the sciences,” to which Maher added, “A lot of kids scored tonight.”
So, by their own admission, the Darwinists are tempting children with gateway drugs to get them high on their tales of millions of years of senseless evolution. They should be arrested.*
*arrest, v.: 1. to hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of; “Arrest the downward trend”; “Check the growth of communism”; “Contain the rebel movement”;
2. An interference with or a checking of the regular course of a disease or symptom.
For some interpretations of dinosaur fossils you are not likely to hear about in the Darwin puppet show, see Creation on the Web 1, 2, 3. And think about the evidence presented above: exquisite preservation, burial of a large creature in mud, worldwide distribution, decrease in size over time. Do the evolutionary stories of millions of years make sense?