Scientists in Utah have discovered fossilized dinosaur bones, which they describe as belonging to a “horse dragon.”1 The new dinosaur has been named Hippodraco scutodens. National Geographic News reports, “A shield-toothed horse-dragon may sound like a mythical creature, but the newly described dinosaur once roamed the U.S. West . . .”2
Why is this dinosaur compared to a mythical creature, and why does it have such an unusual name? Even though it has been named the “horse dragon,” it’s important to remember that this animal is completely a dinosaur. Some people just think that the shape of this dinosaur’s head resembles the shape of a horse’s head.
The scientists have said that Hippodraco scutodens had a head shaped like a horse and a mouth filled with “shield-shaped” teeth. They estimate that this dinosaur was around 15 feet long, was a plant-eater, and lived around 145 million years ago.2
However, it’s interesting that this Hippodraco scutodens has been found in an area containing fossilized bones from several other dinosaurs. This is further evidence of the worldwide flood described in Genesis. The turbulent nature of the Flood created a fossil graveyard in this area of Utah, burying the remains of dinosaurs that lived around 4,300 years ago, not 145 million years ago.
For more information about dinosaur fossils and Noah’s Flood, please read the following:
1 Answers in Genesis, News to Note, December 11, 2010, http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/2010/12/11/news-to-note-12112010.
2 National Geographic News, “Horse Dragon,” Colossus Dinosaurs Found in Utah, December 7, 2010, http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/12/101207-new-dinosaurs-utah-fossils-horse-dragon-science/.