Falwell’s reaction to this should be entertaining:
For several years scientists have been finding fossilized embryos of dinosaurs from 80 million to 100 million years ago. They have now uncovered several 190-million-year-old dinosaur embryos, the oldest ever found.
The discovery is being reported Friday in the journal Science by a team of paleontologists headed by Robert Reisz of the University of Toronto. The fossils were actually excavated in 1978 in South Africa, but it has taken this long to expose the embryos from the surrounding rock and eggshell and then interpret the tiny remains.
They identified the embryos as belonging to a long-necked, plant-eating dinosaur called Massospondylus. As adults, these creatures reached lengths of more than 15 feet and were able to walk on two legs. Yet the new research suggested that their hatchlings began life moving about on all fours, the scientists reported.
Dr. Reisz and his colleagues came to this surprising conclusion from a detailed examination of the horizontal neck, heavy head and limb proportions of the embryo skeletons. This appeared to mean that the young were quadrupeds and somehow matured into bipeds, a pattern of development, they said, that was almost unheard of among vertebrates.
“The results have major implications for our understanding of how these animals grew and evolved,” Dr. Reisz said.
Hrmm. How can this be?
Dinosaurs were also explained. According to John Whitcomb, co-author of the seminal creationist book, The Genesis Flood (1961), Noah’s ark carried 1,000 different kinds of dinosaurs as well as all of the other species, and the book has sold more than a quarter of a million copies in English…
“If we don’t understand the young earth and how God created it in six 24-hour days, then our values are skewed, said the Reverend Jerry Falwell, and he is hopeful that “The biblical account is the believable one. The creation debate is being won.”
Maybe Noah missed a few.