In 2005, the Science journal published an article and photos of flexible blood vessels, red blood cells, and soft & stretchy ligaments from a supposedly 68-million year old T. Rex bone. This discovery was made by paleontologist Dr. Mary Schweitzer.
Why is this even an issue? If a fossil is millions of years old, it should not have any blood cells or soft and flexible tissue. However, after repeated tests with different samples, the same startling results were found, and this was disturbing to those who hold to the belief that fossils are millions of years old. Skeptics claimed it was not dinosaur tissue but actually bacterial biofilm contamination. However this was later found to be false.
Not only has that T. Rex fossil been found to have soft tissue, but many others have been found as well. An alleged 80-million year old Hadrosaur and an alleged 70- million year old Mosasaur have also been found to have soft tissue. These wonderful finds are consistent with the Young Earth Creation viewpoint, which states the earth was created about 6,000 years old, and about 4400 years ago there was a worldwide flood that destroyed all life except for 8 people and two of each animal kind on the ark. The fossils found today are most likely no more than 4400 years old, so along this time frame of earth history, there is no room for millions of years, therefore the T. Rex and all other fossils found with soft tissue should not be a surprise to creationists, but it throws a curve ball to those who hold to old.
Bob Enyart of Real Science Radio has a great web page dedicated to this soft-tissue phenomenon as well as many other creation science topics. You can read more about it and see some great pictures at his webapge here: http://kgov.com/dinosaur-soft-tissue You will also find reference articles at the bottom of that page.
There are various reasons why dinosaurs (and other animals) became extinct. One theory is that dinosaurs may have terrorized people and eaten their cattle or other farm-raised animals, so people hunted them to extinction. Another theory is that they ran out of food and began to kill each other. Still another theory is that the climate affected their survival. There are several other reasons why animals become extinct. Maybe the endangered species program should have started earlier?
This question can be answered the same way we can explain why the words “telephone” and “computer” are not in the Bible: It wasn’t invented yet. The King James Version of the Bible was written in 1611, but the word “dinosaur” was not invented until 1841, which was 230 years later. However, the KJV does include a certain word called “dragon,” and when put in the context of certain Biblical passages, “dragon” describes the characteristics of dinosaurs. Cultures around the world have/had words used to describe dinosaurs. You can see a listing of those words here.
There are several instances where the Scripture makes references to animals that fit the description of dinosaurs as we know them. Mind you, there are some references to “dragons” where the text clearly is talking about Satan. Other references, though, are not figurative or metaphorical. See for yourself: Gen. 1:21 “sea monsters”; Psalm 74:13 “dragons in the water”; Isaiah 30:6 “fiery flying serpent”; Job 40 “Behemoth” and Job 41 “Leviathan.” In many Bible translations,at the bottom of the page there is a small note stating that the behemoth was an elephant, and the Leviathan was a crocodile. Does the elephant have a tail that “sways like a cedar?” (Job 40:17). Does the crocodile shoot fire from its nostrils and emit smoke? (Job 41:18-21).
These commentaries are not inspired like the Scripture is—they are the opinions of man. Some may say that Job was being metaphorical, but remember that in these chapters and a few preceding it, Job was not the one talking—it was God. Just prior to the mention of these two dinosaurs, there were a few chapter mentioning animals we have today such as lions, ravens, wild goats, donkeys, peacocks, and horses. Why would God talk to Job about real animals and suddenly change over to metaphors? The context strongly implies that the behemoth and leviathan were dinosaurs.
Although secular scientists, and the majority of people for that matter, believe that dinosaurs died out millions of years ago, there is much supporting evidenceto show the contrary. What kind of evidence would one expect to find if dinosaurs and man co-existed? Here are some non-biblical accounts of dinosaurs existing with man:
A Sumerian story dating back to 2000 BC or earlier tells of a hero named Gilgamesh, who, when he went to fell cedars in a remote forest, encountered a huge vicious dragon that he slew, cutting off its head as a trophy.
When Alexander the Great (c. 330 BC) and his soldiers marched into India, they found that the Indians worshipped huge hissing reptiles that they kept in caves.
China is renowned for its dragon stories, and dragons are prominent on Chinese pottery, embroidery, and carvings.
England and several other cultures retain the story of St. George, who slew a dragon that lived in a cave.
There is the story of a tenth-century Irishman who wrote of his encounter with what appears to have been a Stegosaurus.
In the 1500s, a European scientific book, Historia Animalium, listed several living animals that we would call dinosaurs. A well-known naturalist of the time, Ulysses Aldrovandus, recorded an encounter between a peasant named Baptista and a dragon whose description fits that of the small dinosaur Tanystropheus. The encounter was on May 13, 1572, near Bologna in Italy, and the peasant killed the dragon.
Please visit the following link where you will see many forms of artwork. The details of the dinosaurs seen on these pieces of art show that the artist had to at one point in time seen the dinosaur they drew or crafted. Some of the piece of art show man and dinosaur together! See it for yourself atGenesis Park. RTG also recommends the documentary: Dinosaurs or Dragons and the following book: Dragon: Legends and Lore of Dinosaurs. RTG has provided links for documentaries about dinosaurs here.