Dinosaur Profile: Nyasasaurus

Dinosaur Profile: Nyasasaurus

I was flipping through a list of dinosaurs when I stumbled upon Nyasasaurus, a small dinosaur that, according to evolutionists, could be the first dinosaur to evolve into existence.  That statement intrigued me so I began looking into Nyasasaurus and found out some very interesting facts about it, which I will be sharing with you in this article.

According to evolutionary theory, Nyasasaurus developed from pre-dinosaurs in the early Triassic period, approximately 243 million years ago.  This would make it the oldest dinosaur fossil ever found, provided their analysis is correct. “If the newly named Nyasasaurus parringtoni is not the earliest dinosaur, then it is the closest relative found so far,” according to Sterling Nesbitt, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Washington. It would thus take that title away from Eoraptor, which I did an article on previously.  If you’re interested in reading that, I have linked to it below.  It is believed by some evolutionists that Nyasasaurus is ancestral to sauropods, such as Apatosaurus.

There are few facts actually known about Nyasasaurus, as it is only described from two incomplete specimens. As such, it could be a juvenile of some other species, but, based on the current classification, let us go through the facts.  Perhaps the most humorous fact is that the first specimen was discovered back in the 1930s and studied. However, it was placed in a storage closet and forgotten about until 2012 when it was first described.  The skeletons indicate it grew to roughly 10 feet in length, of which nearly half is supposed to have been the tail. Based on this, the estimated maximum weight is approximately 145 pounds.  The original discovery was made in Tanzania and it is suggested that Nyasasaurus was limited in its range to Africa.  It is unknown if it was bipedal or quadruped.

Beyond those few facts, little is known about Nyasasaurus.  Creationists view Nyasasaurus as specially created by God to thrive in the Garden of Eden.  No bones for the legs, or face have been found and only a partial humerus for the arms so the artist approximation above is a pure flight of fancy and it is thus impossible to determine exactly what Nyasasaurus ate or even what it looked like.  The neck, however, is similar to Eoraptor.  The one thing we can say for certain is that in the Garden of Eden, Nyasasaurus would have been an herbivore, most likely munching on shrubs and other leafy greens.

Could Nyasasaurus be ancestral to sauropods? The claim is faulty on a lot of levels, but the most obvious one is that no leg bones for Nyasasaurus have ever been found. Claiming that its legs could have developed into the thunderous legs of behemoth dinosaurs such as Diplodocus and Apatosaurus is ridiculous since we don’t even know what the legs looked like in the first place. And yet evolutionists consistently try to pass this lie, and others like it,  off on the unsuspecting public by using artist illustrations to display the dinosaur in a manner that makes their theory look better. Look for a post coming in the future about that subject.  The fact that so few bones have been found also calls into question the validity of Nyasasaurus as a separate genus and species. However, until such time as the classification system is pried from the clutches of evolutionary philosophy, it will likely remain so.

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