Jeremiah 9:6

"'You live in the midst of deception; in thier deceit they refuse to acknowledge me', Declares the Lord."

Sunday, September 21, 2008

What Killed the Dinosaurs?

The Ice Age
As I said in an earlier post, I believe dinosaurs might still be alive today. And I firmly believe that humans and dinosaurs lived at the same time. But of course, if dinosaurs lived today in the numbers they used to, there would be no doubt that they were still alive. Something must have killed off the bulk of their population. Ever popular among evolutionists, is the idea that comets struck the earth and caused an ice age that killed the dinosaurs. It makes sense because if the earth is millions of years old, chances are we would have collided with a giant chunk of rock at some point. Although I know there was an ice age, (caused by the flood, not comets), there are a few other extinction theories that I think might have all contributed.

The Water Canopy
My favorite theory up to date is that most dinosaurs couldn’t survive in their new environment after the flood destroyed what was left of the perfect earth. Genesis 1:7-8 says, “So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. He called the expanse “sky” and there was evening and there was morning the second day.” Later, in Noah’s flood this canopy of water above the sky fell, and probably caused a majority of the flooding. It’s kind of strange to think of an actual canopy of liquid water floating around around the earth. But this canopy could have been ice crystals, or water vapor like that of Saturn’s moon Titan, and Venus. Scientists have found that the canopy of water suspended in our upper atmosphere would make life on earth really interesting!

The Perfect Earth
Before the flood moss grew two or three feet high, dragonflies would have had wingspans of almost three feet, and reeds that grow six feet tall today would have grown up to fifty feet tall! Why all this growth? Well, with all that water up in the air, atmospheric pressure would greatly increase, harmful rays from outer space would be all but eliminated, and the earth would be a warm, tropical paradise. In fact, the full results could be. Longer life spans, minimal disease, rapid healing, greater stamina and endurance, and some plants and animals like fish and reptiles could keep growing as long as they live.

Lung Trouble
By examining fossils, scientists have found that dinosaurs had relatively small lungs and nostrils for their size. In fact, they might not have been able to breathe in our modern atmosphere. But before the flood, the extra atmospheric pressure would have made even the smallest lungs very efficient. Also, since dinosaurs used to grow as long as they live, maybe they weren’t able to in the new earth. Without the benefits of being huge like they used to, they might not have been able to compete with other animals fighting for survival.

Some people have suggested that dinosaurs were killed out by humans. This might explain all the stories about dragons and dragon slayers. After all, if you had a big, smelly, toothy reptilian monster in your backyard you would want it dead as quickly as possible too. So, why believe some dinosaurs are alive when most are extinct? Well, maybe some dinosaurs (especially the smaller ones), were better equipped to survive in the new world. Perhaps the dinosaurs in less populated areas thrived until humans arrived. I don’t think we will ever know for certain, but educated guesses never hurt. When combined, I think an ice age, suffocation, and hunting was probably the demise of most dinosaurs.


Hannah Maria said...

That was very interesting Elijah!! I liked the info in this post...
- (This is actually Lydia but I don't have an blog account so I have to post under Hannah's blogger identity)


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