While there are very few indications that man and certain extinct dinosaurs coexisted, (Not all dinosaurs are extinct. There are many so-called living fossils that are evidently largely unchanged over the eons of time postulated by Darwinian Theory) most of the evidence in the fossil record points to special creation. It is the nature of fossil formation that evidence for man and dinosaurs being co-mingled in the geologic column would be rare indeed, if not completely absent. We know that fossils are formed during cataclysmic events where living creatures die and are quickly buried in anaerobic conditions.
The original claim that footprints and men and dinosaurs were found at the Paluxy River bed near the Paluxy River in Glen Rose, Texas has been disputed over the years. However, there are other interesting finds that also seem to indicate that men and dinosaurs co-existed. The following website reviews those finds:
As those who believe the Bible to be completely accurate, including the accuracy of the account of special creation in the book of Genesis, it is incumbent upon us to look carefully at all the evidence and then compare them to the biblical revelation for validation. The true reality is the One who created all things. John 1:1 accurately reveals this truth while repeating the phrase found in the first verse of the Bible, e.g. “In the beginning.” The living Word is the One who spoke the universe into existence.
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities--all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together, Col 1:15-17 NASB
The geologic column is the historical record created by the worldwide cataclysmic Flood recorded in chapter 6 of the book of Genesis. It accurately reflects what all scientists know and readily admit today, e.g. that every living creature appears abruptly in the fossil record, fully formed. There is a complete absence of transitional forms between every major category of life. This includes both the plant and animal kingdoms. We find in the geologic column a reflection of the world that existed prior to the Flood, e.g. at the bottom of the fossil record we have so-called primitive life forms, invertebrates and creatures that were already living close to or on the bottom of the ocean. These are followed by fish, then amphibians, then reptiles, then mammals and the so-called higher life forms ending with man. Even though this is an oversimplification and there are anomalies in the fossil record, the lack of intermediates in the fossil record and the abrupt appearance of virtually every major living creature, fully formed in the fossil record confirm the record of the Word of God recorded in the book of Genesis.
While an evolutionist looks at this evidence and sees a slow progression of life morphing itself into other, higher forms of life, the Creationist sees exactly what would be expected as a result of a worldwide cataclysmic flood such as the Flood recorded in the days of Noah.
Remember, Creationists and Intelligent Design theorists look at the exact same evidence as evolutionists. We are seeing the evidence through our respective worldviews. The evolution scientist sees everything through the lens of naturalism and materialism, e.g. only what we can see, hear, taste, see and touch is real. Only those factors can be called “true” science. Any other inference, e.g. belief in a Creator or Intelligent Design is forbidden and any evidence that infers there might be a Creator or an Intelligent Designer must be discarded or at least ridiculed and labeled religion, not science.
A good example of this would be the Grand Canyon. Is the Grand Canyon the result of a little water, e.g. the Colorado River cutting through the rocks for millions of years? Or, could this possibly be the result of a massive amount of water over a relatively short period of time, e.g. a year of earth shaking upheavals as the result of a worldwide cataclysmic flood?
Before anyone answers that question remember this, a 1/40th scale model of the Grand Canyon formed at the base of Mt. St. Helens after it erupted in 1980. This massive geological structure was formed along the fork of the Toutle River as a result of a massive mudflow on March 19, 1982.
The power of massive amounts of water, mud and debris resulting from the worldwide Flood could easily have been responsible for most of the geologic column we see today and many would assume that it took millions of years to form. If this 1/40th to scale size canyon (Mt. St. Helens compared to the Grand Canyon) was formed as the result of only one large volcanic event, Scientist’s, who are also Bible believing men and women, speculate the Flood would have triggered thousands of these types of events including super-volcanoes and other massive geological upheavals leaving in its wake the evidence we know see today in both the geologic column and the fossil record.
Steve Rowitt, Th.M., Ph.D. (c)
Chief Technical Advisor
Creation Studies Institute