Dinosaurs: Fossilized While Fighting?
September 5, 2006
Did you know that scientists discovered some amazing fossils of two dinosaurs that look like they were fighting? In 1971, they found these two dinosaurs in the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. The fossils are of a Velociraptor wrapped around (fighting?) a Protoceratops. The Velociraptor’s hands appear to be grabbing the head shield of the Protoceratops while its sickle-like claw goes deep into the Protoceratops’ body. The Protoceratops has the Velociraptor’s right arm in its jaws. Were they really fighting? We simply don’t know. What we do know is that they were buried in this amazing position, which looks like they were in a fight. So what could have caused these dinosaurs to be buried so rapidly that they didn’t have a chance to escape? The answer can be found in the Bible.
The Bible tells us in Genesis about a Flood that covered the whole earth.
Photo courtesy of Mogul Travel
- Fact: Fossilization can occur as animals lay buried deeply beneath Flood sediment.
- Fact:Animals were buried rapidly as the Flood deposited soft layers of mud and sand that later turned to stone.
- Fact: Fossils become exposed as the ground around the animal erodes away.
- Think About It: If you were the scientist that discovered this, would you say the dinosaurs were fighting? Is there anything that suggests the dinosaurs are not fighting? In the actual fossil skeleton, the front legs of the Protoceratops are missing. Careful scientific inquiry would force us to seriously question the "fighting" interpretation.
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