Dave Brockhurst of Sussex, England has to have what some would call a dream job. Known for being a local fossil collector, Brockhurst works at the Ashdown Brickworks near Bexhill in Sussex. The rocks at the Ashdown Brickworks have been yielding a treasure trove of fossils including, frogs, lizards, salamanders, turtles, crocodiles and dinosaurs. Imagine what it would be like to sort through fossil laden rocks and get paid for doing it.
According to paleontologist Dr. Steve Sweetman, Brochhurst’s latest discovery is one of the smallest dinosaurs discovered in England and all of Europe. Given the nickname Ashdown maniraptoran, the fossil is estimated to be around 13-16 inches in length and is considered to be full grown due to the development of the neck vertebra.
Maniraptors are a group of theropod dinosaurs that many evolutionists believe includes birds. Due to this evolutionary belief system and the description of the fossil as being ‘bird-shaped’, take note that the artist’s conception of what the living dinosaur looked like. There is absolutely nothing dinosaur looking in the drawing. It looks very much like a typical bird, possibly a pheasant that you might find in the countryside. If it is a dinosaur, then the artist has taken liberties beyond ethical allowance.
So one has to question if this is a dinosaur or a bird. Looking at the photo of the fossil, it appears to have feathers and an avian breastbone. Additionally, the forelimbs appear to be more bird-like than dinosaurian. It appears to me to be a bird and not a dinosaur, so why would they call it a dinosaur and not a bird?
Because if it is a bird, it presents a major problem for evolutionists.
The Ashdown fossils are supposedly dated to about 250 million years ago. If the fossil really is that of a bird, that would place a fully modern looking bird nearly 100 million years earlier than most of the dinosaurs considered to be the ancestors to birds.
But how could an animal be the descendant of its own ancestors that lived 100 million years after it existed? Simply stated – it can’t! Therefore, evolutionists have to classify it as a dinosaur and pretend that it isn’t a problem to their whole dino-to-bird theory.
However, it makes perfect sense if we look at this from a biblical perspective. To start with, birds were created on Day 5 and dinosaurs on Day 6, so it isn’t a problem to find birds in fossil layers with dinosaurs and other animals. Secondly, the rock layer this fossil was found in was laid down during the Genesis Flood which destroyed all life on earth except that which was on the Ark with Noah and his family.
We also know that God brought representatives of each ‘kind’ of animal to Noah to save on the Ark, not every species. Thousands of species went extinct during the Flood, but their kinds were preserved. If the artist’s conception is close to being accurate and it looks similar to a bird you have seen somewhere, perhaps in a zoo or in the wild, then you were probably looking at the descendent of its kind that was spared on board the Ark.
McCall, Daniel, Tiny Fossil May be New World’s Smallest Dinosaur, The Inquisitor, June 14, 2011.
Sussex Fossil Collector Finds ‘Smallest’ Dinosaur, BBC News, June 15, 2011.
It is interesting to note that absolutely no transitional forms have been found in the fossil record connecting any of the major groups of living creatures before or since Darwin for which “peer reviewed” support can be offered. Most fossils appear very similar to their living counterpart. It is as if they were created yesterday. Rocks, Fossils and Dinosaurs is a fresh look at this age-old controversy, written in a nontechnical way.
“Dr. Tom Sharp has captured a mighty evidence for creation and he has accomplished this task in a highly readable fashion. The fossil record emphatically does not provide support for evolution, but instead points to creation – not very long ago, and by a Designer like the One we read of in Scripture. Students confronted with agressive evolutionary claims would greatly benefit from reading this book. ” Dr. John Morris, President of the Institute for Creation Research