WHEN IS A T.REX A T.REX?
Hello all you fine people out there! Can you believe another week has come and gone? And here we are in the fourth month of the year already again (according to the Gregorian calendar)! BTY the Gregorian calendar is what most of the world uses today so everyone is pretty much on the same line. But not all lines are so clear…
Take for instance the line of tyrannosaurus ancestry. Scientific Reports published a recent online paper in which two authors, Stephen Brusatte and Thomas Carr, attempt to define the ancestry of tyrannosaurs.
You see, there has been a new surge of discoveries of this particular dinosaur, thus the two men went to work to investigate how they all tied in. They wanted to make a
tyrannosaurs evolutionary tree so to speak. They wrote
“ ‘origins, phylogeny, and evolution of tyrannosaurids were long mysterious.’ However, their results produced no answers…only more questions. In their report, they conclude, ‘Tyrannosauroids are the subject of more research and popular interest than most, or perhaps all, other dinosaurs. However, their fossil record is frustratingly incomplete and patchy.’ ”1
In their report they also admit that Laura Geggel, a Science Reports journalist stated “ ‘Fossil evidence is lacking, but researchers suspect that the predecessors of tyrannosaurs lived on the supercontinent Pangaea.’ In spite of new and recent discoveries, Brusatte and Carr still confess that several issues hamper their ability to map a tyrannosauroid ancestral tree.
“First and foremost is the lack of fossil evidence—the foundation of paleontology. The so-called ancestral tyrannosaur tree is filled with ‘suspects’ and ‘ghost lineages’ but not much in the way of hard, empirical evidence. They also note that there is still a huge gap (20-45 million years in the secular timeframe) in the fossil record between the latest Cretaceous-system tyrannosaurs and their claimed earlier ancestors. ‘Filling this gap is critical to determine where Tyrannosauridae originated.’ ”2
Second, when trying to put together their map, they found that some tyrannosaurs in North America and Asia are very similar. In fact “They seem to be nearly the exact same kind. Brusatte reported, ‘Tarbosaurus is the Asian version of T. rex. Or, you could say that T. rex is the North American version of Tarbosaurus. They are so similar in terms of their monstrous size, their proportions, their
massive jaw muscles and thick teeth and even many minutiae of their skull bones.’
|T. rex skull|
“If tyrannosaurs on two different continents are so similar, then why aren't they classified as the same species? The answer appears to be based on the researchers' worldview. Evolutionary scientists believe each species evolved from different ancestors on different continents. When they find two that are similar, they have to explain it as cross-continental transport of one species to the other continent via plate movements (land bridges) in the distant past. But their evolutionary worldview clouds their understanding…
In contrast, the Bible teaches there were specific created kinds, like the tyrannosaur kind. It is no surprise that numerous types (species) of the same kind (tyrannosaurs)
“A third unresolved issue is the sudden appearance of T. rex in the sedimentary rock record. Brusatte explains, ‘Regardless of where T. rex comes from, when it enters the fossil record, it seems to take over immediately, like an invasive species.’ These findings better fit the biblical Flood model, where species appear and disappear suddenly as they were buried in the Flood waters, environment by environment.
“In fact, Brusatte and Carr were apparently so desperate for gap-filling fossils that they included species that aren't even true tyrannosaurs, like Appalachiosaurus and Dryptosaurus. The authors describe these specimens as, ‘somewhat basal, non-tyrannosaurid tyrannosaurids.’
What in the world is a ‘non-tyrannosaur tyrannosaur’?
“Although many new species of dinosaur are found each year, secular paleontologists still cannot find the
evolutionary links to fill the gaps and complete their make-believe tree—now called a cladogram.
“Creation scientists point out that the fossil record of tyrannosaurs is best explained by God's revealed Word. Tyrannosaurs were created on Day Six of Creation Week along with the other land animals. And like so many other creatures, tyrannosaurs were buried rapidly and suddenly in the global Flood as described in Genesis. They appear in the rocks fully-formed, without evolutionary ancestors, and disappear in the rock record just as quickly as the Flood waters overtook them.”3
It grieves my soul that these people are so stubborn and blind. I pray these people and others like them will find salvation in Jesus. Truer words in the hymn Amazing Grace couldn’t have been written: I once was blind but now I see…I once was lost but now I’m found.
Until next time, God bless and take care!