|Ankylosaur, wikipedia commons|
ARE ANKYLOSAURS EVIDENCE FOR
A GLOBAL FLOOD?
And how are all of you, my brothers and sisters in Christ, doing today? Though it is the month of March, and warm weather is promising to come, we are supposed to get snow this week! Well, whatever is thrown your way, praise God! Lol!
Have you ever put something in the water to float, like a nut or round stick, something that was heavier on one side than the other? Did you ever put it in the water with the heavy side up? Then watch it as it slowly rotates until the heavy side is down? Well, the law of gravity doesn’t change and in the case I’m
going to present to you, it is evidence of the global Flood. Let’s take a look…
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Thirty six ankylosaur fossils, none of which were complete skeleton, where discovered by paleontologist Charles Sternberg (1885–1981) after a lifetime of collecting dinosaur fossils in western Canada and the USA. He determined that twenty-six (70.3%) of the specimens were buried and turned to fossils in the upside-down position. He also noted that the other 10 fossils were right side up and a single skull was preserved on its side. So why did the majority of these animals wind up on their backs and how was that determined?
A team of modern scientists took a close look at the fossils in the USA and Canada. They were able to find original field notes and photographs, examined the fossils themselves and even were able to speak with the original collectors. Sun bleaching, erosion and lichen growth on the “up” side of the fossil bones all made determination of orientation fairly easy.
So three possible explanations have been offered for the upside down orientation. Of them only one is logical. The first one is that ankylosaurs are clumsy and, just like tortoisestoday, can fall or be turned upside down by a predator or a battling male and could not right themselves. However this would not then explain the fossils that were right side up. And if 70% of ankylosaurs ran into such a fate, wouldn’t the species become extinct or at least not have such an abundance of fossils?
Number two is called the “armadillo roadkill” theory. The researches found “that on land ankylosaur carcasses would flip over due to bloating (no water required), just as allegedly occurs to dead armadillos, with their likewise armored backs. The researchers investigated about 200 roadkill armadillo, including 22 fresh carcasses that they protected from scavenger interference, and found their orientations to be random. They observed that a few armadillo carcasses originally on their sides did roll onto their backs due to
bloating (on dry land), but they expressed skepticism that a 2-ton ankylosaur carcass would do the same.”1
The last but not least theory is the ‘bloat and float.’ The researchers found “that in water dead ankylosaurs would flip over due to the heavy osteoderms on their backs and bloating tummy gases. To test this theory, they developed 3D models of a regular ankylosaur and a nodosaur (no tail-club) using carcass buoyancy equilibrium software previously used to successfully model the buoyancy (floating/sinking/orientation, etc.) of alligator, elephant, horse, giraffe, turtle, and penguin carcasses. The software model demonstrated that bloated ankylosaur carcasses were indeed likely to overturn in water.”2 This is the only plausible, logical theory.
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So with the most logical explanation of how these animals wound up on their backs when they were buried quick enough to be fossilized being due to water, the evidence once again points to a flood. A global flood. As is recorded in the unaltered truth of the Bible.
Until next time, God bless and take care,
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