An international team of scientists have found a large number of dinosaur footprints and fossil plants in the Nanushuk Formation, a large outcrop of sedimentary rock in North West Alaska. 

They identified 75 trackways of dinosaurs, including two-legged plant eaters, four-legged plant eaters, two-legged carnivores, along with bird footprints. They also found fossil tree stumps, wood fragments and fossilised faeces.

The research team suggest the fossil site was a lush warm river delta environment.  The site is dated as mid-Cretaceous, approximately 90 to 100million years old in the evolutionary timeline.  This places it in a period known as the Cretaceous Thermal Maximum.  According to University of Alaska Fairbanks News “The Cretaceous Thermal Maximum was a long-term trend approximately 90 million years ago in which average global temperatures were significantly higher than those of today.” 

Anthony Fiorillo, a palaeontologist involved in the study commented: “The temperature was much warmer than it is today, and what’s possibly more interesting is that it rained a lot.  The samples we analyzed indicate it was roughly equivalent to modern-day Miami. That’s pretty substantial.”

References: University of Alaska Fairbanks 8 March 2024; ScienceDaily 12 March 2024; Geosciences 30 January 2024, doi:10.3390/geosciences14020036

Editorial Comment:  If there was a long term trend sometime in the past with average global temperatures significantly higher than today, it is absurd to call today’s climate a record breaking climate emergency.

However, these footprints could have been made in association with real catastrophic climate change, i.e. Noah’s flood.  A large number of dinosaur and bird footprints could only be preserved with sufficient detail to identify them if they were made in mud then quickly buried by another layer of sediment.  Visualize a large number of dinosaurs and birds being crowded together by rising waters and trying to escape.  Add to that the clue that fossil droppings are an indicator of animals under stress, and the droppings were not exposed long enough to be eaten or degraded by dung beetles and other detritus removers.

The mix of dinosaur and bird prints is also a reminder that dinosaurs lived alongside fully formed birds and there is no evidence that one turned into the other.

Creation Research 16 April 2024

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