Spinosaur fossil shows that dinosaurs got around, but how?

A spinosaur fossil found in the southeastern state of Victoria in Australia suggests dinosaurs were much more mobile than previously thought.1 The single fossil vertebra, unearthed in the 1990s, is identical to that of a spinosaurid called Baryonyx walkeri which was previously thought to only live in the northern European climes. Thus the original paper called it “the first Australian spinosaurid theropod dinosaur.”2 Most of this sounds like it is good, solid, scientific research. That is until the evolutionary explanation begins.

Where the spinosaurs lived

One point of contention is that the researchers assume that since the fossilized bone was found in southeastern Australia, that’s where these creatures lived. The scientists say that dinosaurs came to what would become Australia before it was broken off into its own continent. Study researcher Paul Barrett of the Natural History Museum in London said:

“Instead of being limited to various parts of the world, it looks like dinosaurs were able to disperse over very large distances”.3

In the original paper, Barrett and his colleagues state:

“This discovery significantly extends the geographical range of spinosaurids, suggesting that the clade obtained a near-global distribution before the onset of Pangaean fragmentation.”
However, while there are indeed fossils showing evidence of rapid burial in situ,4 just because a creature is found dead in one area does not mean that is where it lived. It’s very conceivable that during the global flood of Noah’s time, some of these dinosaurs lived on different parts of the dry land that God created on Day 3 of creation week. When the floodwaters came and began flowing over the pre-Flood continents, some of these creatures could have been transported large distances by the waters, perished, buried and fossilized in widely separated areas in what is now Europe and also Australia….

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