Evolutionists love to tell us that the last dinosaur died out millions of years before man ever set foot on planet earth. Their hypothesis demands that man and dinosaurs cannot coexist. But is this true? Can it be supported by observational science? And does it even matter if man ever walked with dinosaurs? In this article, I’m going to sift through the facts and opinions and make some sense of it all.
Evolution tells us that man and dinosaurs lived millions of years apart. The last dinosaurs supposedly died out around 65 million years ago. By the same timeline, man appeared approximately 200,000 years ago so the two could not possibly have walked together. Of course, this assumes that the evolutionary timeline is correct.
By contrast, the Bible makes it clear that man did indeed walk with dinosaurs. Genesis 1:25-26 state “And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” Dinosaurs would undoubtedly be included in that. Note that man was created after the animals were and in the image of the triune God. The two viewpoints could not be more different.
Based on evidence, which view is correct? The Bible mentions dinosaurs in several places, particularly the book of Job. One thing to note is that the word “dinosaur” was not invented until 1842 and the King James Bible we at In His Image use was translated over 200 years prior to that. Thus the word dinosaur is not in the Bible. However the Bible does discuss certain animals likely to be dinosaurs. In Job 40 it discusses the behemoth, an animal whose description appears to resemble an Apatosaurus. The leviathan is mentioned in multiple books of the Bible. Based on the book of Isaiah, which calls it a “crooked serpent”, plesiosaurs come to mind as possible match.
The Bible is by no means the only evidence to support dinosaurs living alongside man however. The Ishtar Gates of the ancient city of Babylon are adorned with creatures appearing to be what we know today as Iguanodons. China produced thousands of dragon art work and sculptures, many of which closely resemble what we know today as dinosaurs. Dragon references are common throughout ancient and medieval literature, particularly in Europe where they are frequently the antagonist of heroic stories. Medieval English armies used a battle cry of “St. George!” for a saint who is said to have slain a dragon in combat. American Indians drew dinosaurs on cave walls and rock formations. One of these petroglyphs as they are known, caused evolutionist Dr. Samuel Hubbard to admit in the late 1880s ““The fact that some prehistoric man made a pictograph of a dinosaur on the walls of this canyon upsets completely all of our theories regarding the antiquity of man. Facts are stubborn and immutable things. If theories do not square with the facts then the theories must change, the facts remain.” Essentially this is an admission that, if ancient man walked with dinosaurs, evolutionary theory as we know it is invalid and must be rewritten. For more on this, I’ve linked to an article that covers this in much greater detail.
However, it is not just artwork and legend that points to a coexistence between dinosaurs and mankind. Dinosaur fossils themselves speak to this. On rare occasions, scientists will find soft tissue inside the bones of a dinosaur skeleton. This soft tissue, particularly blood cells, would not have survived millions of years sitting in the ground. Even more so, DNA. DNA has been found in multiple dinosaur bones. Even evolutionists admit that DNA could not survive more than approximately seven million years. These organic molecules are probably the hardest counter to the argument that dinosaurs went extinct when evolutionists claim they did.
Based on the evidence presented above, even without the Biblical evidence, it is highly likely that dinosaurs coexisted with man for at least a period of their history. While evolutionists will continue to deny this, the amount of evidence on the opposite side of the scale is massive against them.