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Creation 42(3):7, July 2020

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‘Early Cretaceous’ dinos sank their teeth into … grass

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In 2005, the discovery of the remains of various grass species in dinosaur dung caused something of a ‘time-travel’ problem for evolution (see creation.com/grass-eating-dinos). That’s because the evolutionary storyline mooted that grasses didn’t appear until after the dinosaurs had become extinct. So the new evidence forced a rewrite of their timeline. Nevertheless, some evolutionary scientists continued to hold to a ‘post Cretaceous’ origin of grasses.

But now the “earliest known grass fossils” have been found in duck-billed dinosaur remains from rocks classified as Early Cretaceous. Leaf surface pieces and phytoliths (microscopic structures made of silica) from at least two types of grass were discovered around the teeth.

One lesson from this is that evolutionary timelines are not ‘truth’ but prone to change. In contrast the Bible’s timeline can be trusted. Grasses were created about 6,000 years ago on Day 3 of Creation Week, preceding by three days the dinosaurs and all the other land creatures, so no wonder we find evidence that dinos ate grass. Logically, the fossil record is a legacy of the global Flood of Noah’s day about 4,500 years ago and its aftermath, not a ‘clock’ that can tell the time and order of origin of species.

  • Yan Wu and 2 others, Dinosaur-associated Poaceae epidermis and phytoliths from the Early Cretaceous of China, National Science Review 5(5):721–727, 2018.