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Thousands of Dinosaur footprints found in China


Published: 23 February 2010 (GMT+10)
This is the pre-publication version which was subsequently revised to appear in Creation 33(2):47.
Photo by Emil Silvestru Dinosaur footprints
Ruth Walkley and the dinosaur trackway she found in Canada in 2003. Four footprints and 2 handprints are visible (the prints have been wetted for better contrast).

According to a recent BBC report, scientists from China have found 3,000 dinosaur footprints in the Zhucheng area of eastern Shandong province.

I always enjoy these reports because they are describing evidence of Noah’s Flood but don’t realize it.

One puzzling feature is that the dinosaurs were running the same way. Why were they doing that?

The scientists from China suggest the footprints “could represent a migration or a panicked attempt to escape predators.”

A migration? I wonder why they ran through all that soft mud. I wonder if their papers were in order.

Fleeing predators? Panicked? Just note this: the scientists have identified six types of dinosaurs, including tyrannosaurs, coelurosaurs and hadrosaurs. And they are suggesting that all these animals are so frightened of predators that they are all fleeing in panic?

Some of the footprints were nearly a metre long. I wonder how big the predators were. Are they telling us that, for all its size, Tyrannosaurus was a wimp? That would make a good angle for a science paper.

Footprints are a key classification criteria that help us work out when rocks formed in biblical history.

The sediments are thick so a lot of material was brought in quickly and spread over a large area. The mud was still soft so it was deposited not long before but quickly hardened preserving the prints, which were soon covered by more sediment.

So it’s easy to understand why the dinosaurs panicked. They were fleeing the rising waters of Noah’s Flood. Footprints mean the animals were alive, so the waters were still rising and had not yet covered the whole earth and destroyed all air-breathing animal life (Genesis 7:19–23).

Lots of dinosaurs perished in the area, as evidenced by dinosaur fossils being found at some 30 sites around Zhucheng—so many that it has been called “dinosaur city”. But it really should be called “dinosaur graveyard”.

The animals fossilized because they were buried quickly, another sign of the magnitude of the Flood disaster. And evidence that the 100 million years mentioned in the article are imaginary. The sediments were deposited rapidly so the eons of time did not exist.

Scientists and journalists present this sort of evidence within their personal philosophy of evolution over millions of years. It’s a belief system about the past that they simply assume without question because that is what they have been told. But when you understand the true history of the world as recorded in the Bible, you can see what is really going on with these animals. And you can enjoy the funny side of the hilarious explanations that the media passes onto its readers.

But the footprints also open a graphic window where we can see something of the terror and devastation connected with Noah’s Flood—very sobering.

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Readers’ comments

Dan B.
One has to bear in mind a couple of factors that could affect water level at any given location during the Flood:
  1. It apparently took 40 days for all of the Flood Water to fall down out of the sky and shoot up out of the ground, during which time Mean Sea Level would have continued to rise.
  2. As ocean volume increased—especially if the water input was not equally distributed in every time zone—tides would become more violent with each passing cycle, especially going into the Spring Tide phase of the lunar cycle about five days into the Flood, and every two weeks thereafter. Any changes to the earth’s angular momentum caused by water descending from the Floodgates of the Sky would also have had an effect on the tides.

Putting these factors together, it means that as water levels began to rise, the initial effect would be tidal waves sweeping up from the coast. Eventually there would come a point where the entire time zones would be submerged at each succeeding High Tide, only to re-emerge when the Tide passed, until eventually the water level was high enough for all land areas to be submerged, even at low tide.

Therefore, initially animals would have been fleeing the approach of flood tide, which came farther inland every tide cycle, followed by the retreat of ebb tide, during which time animals may well have walked back into the deposits laid down by the previous onrushing tide. The next tide would have carried in more sediments, to cover up the footprints they had just made.

I’m not aware of any computer modeling that has been done to estimate the effects of that much water being added to the ocean in only 40 days, but it sounds like a worthy project for a marine hydrologist to undertake.

Response: Here’s one study: M.E. Clark and H.D. Voss, Resonance and Sedimentary Layering in the Context of a Global Flood, Second International Conference on Creationism, Vol. II, Creation Science Fellowship, Pittsburgh, PA, pp. 53-63, 1990.
Pat S.
Wow that is a great article. So, just out of curiosity, why didn’t Noah take any dinosaurs on his boat? Since he built the ark large enough for millions of other species you would think he would have enough space for dinosaurs too. Maybe the dinosaurs caught "Dinosaur Flu" while on the boat and died? Could they have possible been engaging in sodomy and thus incurred God’s rather? Since clearly all species that have ever existed on Earth all existed at the same time prior to the flood there must have been a really long line to get on the ark. Maybe the dinosaurs were just at the back of the line and the ark closed before they could get on? Science has proven that dinosaurs are notorious procrastinators. Gosh ! there are just so many plausible theories it’s hard to find any holes in this article. I mean certainly we wouldn’t find the rocks containing these footprints or the fossils themselves to be many millions of years old if we were to use radioactive dating, right? It’s funny how there are no mentions of "Giant Lizards" in the Old Testament, seeing as how dinosaurs were on the earth at the same time as those humans. Then again why mention a 5 story tall 50 ton lizards trying to eat everyone. I’m sure the sticks and rocks people had at that time kept them at bay. It’s also interesting how cave paintings from the "time of the flood" don’t show any dinosaurs either. Maybe they couldn’t make green paint to draw them? That’s probably it. Could they have actually all been running the same direction because they saw a family of Jehovah’s witnesses coming down their street towards them? Just another theory to consider.
Dinosaurs Q&A has answers to many of these sorts of questions.
Geraint H.
Its just fantastic how when you read about a find like this, it immediately agrees with and demonstrates the accuracy of God’s Word. Especially in relation to the global flood. Its like a boost to the Bible-believer’s worldview.
Max H.
Thanks for this article! I found it very interesting. However in the pre-Flood world we’re assuming that the dinosaurs are living alongside other members of God’s creation, like the mammals, right? If this is true why are we finding only dinosaur tracks at this site? Wouldn’t it make sense for there to be mammal tracks as well if the animals were all fleeing at once? If you could address that for me that’d be great, and if we just don’t know, that’s fine too. Thanks!
Patrick A.
I think the direction flight of the dinosaurs it is very telling as to how quickly these waters must have risen and the violence with which they rose. A hard rain isn’t going to strike terror into animals necessarily, nor would it send them all in the same direction, but something cataclysmic and sudden would.
Richard M.
I am bemused at the spectacle of herds of dinosaurs fleeing before the raging flood waters which overtake and drown them while leaving their footprints in the soft mud undisturbed and intact. Watery destruction can be so selective at times.
Brian H.
I enjoy that God gave us proof of his works. I remember a story about human footprints inside of dinosaur prints in a riverbed in the US. The human prints were chiseled away before the area was opened as a park. Have you heard of this, and is there any real proof, or just stories?
Eric B.
I’m a young earth creationist and love your articles but could you explain to me how mud could flow in, in large amounts, then have dinosaurs etc. run across that fresh mud then quickly harden in less than a few days WHILE IT IS TORRENTIALLY RAINING and then be covered by more mud. (1) If they were running from the rising water, the tracks would be instantly covered and not preserved. (2) How can they have any chance of hardening in less than 40 days while it is raining cats and dogs? If you could explain this I would appreciate it!
Paul H.
Not much point in commenting except to say it’s the first time for me to see this article, and I also enjoyed the comments at the bottom.

Since the Paluxy River (Texas) has been considered unreliable, I have kept my eye out for records or articles of human footprints within dinosaur prints. Of course humans are so much lighter that such prints would be difficult to find even if they exist. But it seems that I remember one of your Grand Canyon articles showing footprints of a fairly small animal in the act of fleeing something (probably the Flood). I am wondering if, with ideal soil conditions, human prints might be found in this China site? It would make sense to me that humans would follow a pack of dinosaurs considering them instinctively capable of fleeing in the best direction to escape danger.
Risteard S.
I agree that so many animals fleeing in the one direction fits flight from the Deluge. Also, as you say, animals fleeing from a predator often scatter in all directions. Two further puzzles, though. Why were so many footprints found in such a small area of about 2600 square metres (less than two-thirds of an acre? Were they fleeing along a narrow strip of shallow water-or muddy land-like the Egyptian army following Israel through the Red Sea? (If so, these dinosaurs shared the fate of the Egyptians!) If, however, the apparent escape route was wider, are there even more footprints yet to be discovered in nearby areas?
Anthony W.
Thanks for your good work and interesting articles. Read this article with interest and I agree with your conclusion that they were most likely fleeing from rising flood waters. Just being a ‘devil’s advocate’ though, say that the T-Rex was chasing some smaller animals, with several species fleeing at the same time (I know I would!) couldn’t the footprints all be facing the same way in this situation?
When a predator suddenly descends on a group of animals they’ll often scatter in all directions.
Grahame G.
I love the gentle sarcasm of this article. A very gracious way of pointing out the absurdity of the evolutionary system.
Jenny R.
This is such a logical explanation of why so many dinosaurs are trying to escape together. All and sundry are then buried by flood sediments which are being deposited in a continuous sequence, layer upon layer, as rising flood waters advance higher and higher across the land. The fossil evidence agrees so well with this scenario that acceptance of a global flood as a cause of mass extinction seems conclusive-but is at the same time conspicuous by its absence in conventional evolutionary theory.

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