Grass eating dinosaur challenges plant evolution, according to reports in, BBC News, New Scientist News, 17 Nov 2005 and Science vol. 310, p1177, 18 Nov 2005.
Grasses are considered to be advanced forms of plant life that did not evolve until after dinosaurs died out, but palaeobotanist Caroline Stromberg and colleagues have analysed the plant remains in dinosaur dung found in India and found phytoliths – microscopic pieces of silica that are made by cells in grasses. Each type of grass has its own distinctive shaped phytolith and the researchers found at least five types, indicating that “grasses had already undergone substantial diversification in the Late Cretaceous”.
Stromberg told New Scientist that the grasses were probably “herbaceous forest plants up to several metres tall”. She also commented to news@nature that finding grass was “very unexpected”, and “we will have to rewrite our understanding of its evolution”.
Editorial Comment: Evolutionists may have to rethink their ideas, but this is another instance where Biblical Creation is a better science predictor than evolution. This find will not help any evolutionary theories of how grasses came into being. The phytoliths indicate that grasses were fully formed plants like the grasses that live today. In fact, they are good evidence for Genesis being true since it tells us that grasses (along with all other plants) were created before all animals, in order to be food for the animals (Genesis 1:11).
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