Scientists Discover Fossils of a 9-Foot Crocodile – Believed to Have Lived Before Dinosaurs

LONG before dinosaurs, there was a terrifying 2.7-metre-long crocodilian ancestor with bladelike teeth and the ability to run on its hind legs. The fearsome predator known as Carnufex carolinensis, or the Carolina Butcher, is believed to have preyed upon small reptiles and mammals during its reign.Researchers located fossilised parts of the crocodilian’s skull, spine and forelimbs near Sanford, North Carolina.

They believe the predator would have roamed the warm, wet rainforests of the area around 231 million years ago during the late Triassic Period.

As you add up all of the dates, and accepting that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to Earth almost 2,000 years ago, we come to the conclusion that the creation of the Earth and animals (including the dinosaurs) occurred only thousands of years ago (perhaps only 6000!), not millions of years. Thus, if the Bible is right (and it is!), dinosaurs must have lived within the past thousands of years.

A reconstruction of Carnufex carolinensis. Image: Jorge Gonzales Source: Twitter

Director of the palaeontology lab at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Dr Lindsay Zanno said the discovery showcases the diversity of top predators of the time.

“People don’t think about how many different predators were around in the Triassic, and that crocs really ruled before dinosaurs,” Zanno told LCREATIONive Science.

When researchers discovered the remains of the hunter, they noticed irregularities in the bones and knew they were dealing with a new-found creature. “It has really pronounced ornamentation on the skull, it has all these pits and grooves,” Zanno said.

Three dimensional skull reconstruction. Picture: Scientific Reports. Source: Supplied

While the discovery hinted at a new species, it was too difficult to visualise what the skull looked like in real life because it was preserved in pieces.

As a solution, researchers used high-resolution scanning techniques to reconstruct Carnufex’s skull from the individual bones.

“Fossils from this time period are extremely important to scientists because they record the earliest appearance of crocodylomorphs and theropod dinosaurs, two groups that first evolved in the Triassic period, yet managed to survive to the present day in the form of crocodiles and birds,” Zanno told Discovery.

Even though the Carolina Butcher was a frightening predator, its reign at the top may have been short-lived.

The Triassic was a bit of an ecological Twilight Zone: too few plant eaters and an overabundance of predators meant that the hunters often became the hunted,” Zanno said.

The researchers’ findings are published in the journal Scientific Reports.

SOURCE: AU NEWS

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If science fascinates you as it does me, I recommend checking out Answering Genesis.  This site is amazing, loaded with facts and biblical teachings of the awesome world that God created! Below is an excerpt on dinosaurs:

The story we have all heard from movies, television, newspapers, and most magazines and textbooks is that dinosaurs lived millions of years ago. According to evolutionists, the dinosaurs “ruled the Earth” for 140 million years, dying out about 65 million years ago. However, scientists do not dig up anything labeled with those ages. They only uncover dead dinosaurs (i.e., their bones), and their bones do not have labels attached telling how old they are. The idea of millions of years of evolution is just the evolutionists’ story about the past. No scientist was there to see the dinosaurs live through this supposed dinosaur age. In fact, there is no proof whatsoever that the world and its fossil layers are millions of years old. No scientist observed dinosaurs die. Scientists only find the bones in the here and now, and because many of them are evolutionists, they try to fit the story of the dinosaurs into their view.

OTHER SCIENTISTS, CALLED CREATION SCIENTISTS, HAVE A DIFFERENT IDEA ABOUT WHEN DINOSAURS LIVED.

Other scientists, called creation scientists, have a different idea about when dinosaurs lived. They believe they can solve any of the supposed dinosaur mysteries and show how the evidence fits wonderfully with their ideas about the past, beliefs that come from the Bible.

The Bible, God’s very special book (or collection of books, really), claims that each writer was supernaturally inspired to write exactly what the Creator of all things wanted him to write down for us so that we can know where we (and dinosaurs) came from, why we are here, and what our future will be. The first book in the Bible—Genesis—teaches us many things about how the universe and life came into existence. Genesis tells us that God created everything—the Earth, stars, sun, moon, plants, animals, and the first two people.

Although the Bible does not tell us exactly how long ago it was that God made the world and its creatures, we can make a good estimate of the date of creation by reading through the Bible and noting some interesting passages:

  1. God made everything in six days. He did this, by the way, to set a pattern for mankind, which has become our seven-day week (as described in Exodus 20:11). God worked for six days and rested for one, as a model for us. Furthermore, Bible scholars will tell you that the Hebrew word for day used in Genesis 1, can only mean an ordinary day in this context.
  2. We are told God created the first man and woman—Adam and Eve—on Day Six. Many facts about when their children and their children’s children were born are given in Genesis. These genealogies are recorded throughout the Old Testament, up until the time of Christ. They certainly were not chronologies lasting millions of years.

As you add up all of the dates, and accepting that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to Earth almost 2,000 years ago, we come to the conclusion that the creation of the Earth and animals (including the dinosaurs) occurred only thousands of years ago (perhaps only 6000!), not millions of years. Thus, if the Bible is right (and it is!), dinosaurs must have lived within the past thousands of years.

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