I love dinosaurs. Ever since I was a baby fetus, I have loved dinosaurs. I actually love dinosaurs so much that I got a stegosaurus from Universal Pictures when Jurassic Park III came out in theaters back in 2001 and still have it to this day. Anything involving dinosaurs I usually love like Jurassic Park, King Kong (2005), and anything with Godzilla because he is a terrible lizard, so it still counts as a dinosaur. Except the American Godzilla movie from the 90s because that was just awful. Ferris Bueller was really having an off day with that film. In fact, the only reason I really liked the movie Jurassic World was because it had dinosaurs and Chris Pratt because he’s awesome. I even liked that one Disney movie ironically called Dinosaur (2000) which was pretty lame besides the dope dinosaur fights that were not very kid-friendly. Seriously, that movie was super gory and bloody. How in the world did Disney greenlight that movie?
Anyways, back to important stuff that kind of matters, this huge interest in dinosaurs has given me the inspiration to write a blog-post about what happened to the dinosaurs or more appropriately from my viewpoint, where the dinosaurs are today. But first let me lay out the 5 most common theories, along with the most common stance held among scientists as to what happened to the dinosaurs and why we no longer see them according to the majority of nerds.
The Cretaceous–Paleogene Extinction Event: According to this website: http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/why-did-all-dinosaurs-become-extinct, all the dinosaurs died from a cataclysmic event that wiped out every dinosaur from the face of the earth about 66-65 million years ago during the end of the Cretaceous period, hence the name. Now I don’t agree with this conclusion and that’s one reason why I am writing this blog-post because I want people to think outside of the box for other answers that fit better with the current problem namely, “Where are the dinosaurs?” Admittedly, the article does go on to explain that there is no actual evidence for such a claim so….yeah….there’s that…. But there are some theories as well that use this cataclysmic event as a foundation for their answer to what happened to the dinosaurs like the following 5 major theories:
- The Big Ole’ Meteorite in Ya Face Theory: “A big meteorite crashed into Earth, changing the climatic conditions so dramatically that dinosaurs could not survive.”
- The Eat My Dust Theory: “Ash and gas spewing from volcanoes suffocated many of the dinosaurs.”
- The Plagues of Extinction Theory: “Diseases wiped out entire populations of dinosaurs.”
- The Fridge is Empty Momma Theory: “Food chain imbalances lead to the starvation of the dinosaurs.”
- The It’s A Bird Theory: Some have come to the consensus that dinosaurs after millions of years of evolution became birds and are flying among us today.
Now although some of these theories are somewhat plausible especially the 4th theory on food chain imbalances, I propose my own theory after having done my own research. Really I just did a lot of internetting and YouTubing, while eating an abundance of dinosaur gummies. But who cares! It gives me an excuse to talk about dinosaurs, so without further exposition let me present to you my theory on what happened to the dinosaurs and where they are today.
The Dinosaurs Are Dope Theory: So there are a couple of factors that make up my theory that actually include some of the previously mentioned theories and some new ideas as well which are the following: lack of food, hunted by humans, different terrain, and migrated to isolated/unexplored areas. Now in order to understand my perspective on the state of dinosaurs, you need to know a bit about my worldview. As I have mentioned in my 6th blog-post, Why I Am Not LGBT+, I am a firm Biblical Young-Earth Creationist. But let me define exactly what I mean by that as well. By Biblical I mean I start from the Bible as my starting point for truth, by Young-Earth I mean that I believe the universe/earth to be anywhere from 30,000 to 6,000 or so years old, and by Creationist I mean that I believe God created everything in six literal days according to the creation account found in the first few chapters of the book of Genesis. Within that worldview is the belief that land dinosaurs were on Noah’s Ark with the other animals and lived after the events of the worldwide Flood recorded in Genesis Chapters 6-9 respectively. So with that in mind here are the 4 premises to my theory as to what happened to the dinosaurs.
- Lack of Food: I mean this one just kind of makes sense because if you weighed 40 tons, you would be pretty hungry too. Like what do you eat if you’re a 40 ton herbivore? Central Park? Makes sense to me that after awhile the dinosaurs lacked the necessary food to supplement their diet.
- Hunted By Humans: This point is rooted in the fables and fantasies of long ago where valiant warriors across multiple civilizations hunted these behemoths and dragons. Note that several world societies spanning hundreds, if not thousands of years all depict in some shape or form dragons. These societies range from Great Britain to China, displaying all sorts of terrible lizards. Dragons are a staple of many mythologies, but why? Well, I theorize that they too were some form of dinosaurs that indeed roamed the earth at one point. They may have possibly been under the canopy of pterodactyls or something of that nature. I don’t really know and I ain’t no scientist, just a dude with a computer. So your guess is as good as mine when it comes to what type of dinosaurs dragons may have been.
One may point out that dinosaurs and humans did not live during the same time period (the Cretaceous Period versus the Late Cretaceous Period), but I must remind you that I start from the Bible and the Bible shows humans and dinosaurs coexisting together at the same time. For those references you can read these passages in the NASB or another word-for-word translation like the KJV or the NKJV: Job 7:12, 40:15-24, 41; Psalm 74:13, Psalm 104:25-26, Psalm 148:7, and Isaiah 27:1.
Now these passages of Scripture are from the poetic and prophetic sections of the Bible, so it is hard to tell whether the original intent of the author was literal or figurative. Either way, I believe that at one point human society became advanced enough to hunt the dinosaurs and killed them for sport. In European mythology, killing a dragon was usually considered noble, so why not a “terrible lizard” like dinosaurs? To me, it makes sense that if dinosaurs did coexist with humans that humans would have hunted them for sport or for an awesome pair of dino-boots.
- Different Terrain: During the days of Peleg, according to Genesis 10:25, the earth was divided. At first, this seems a little odd to add that detail into the text within this long list of genealogies, but under further examination gives a clue as to what happened historically in those days. This dividing of the earth event happened sometime between the Flood that wiped out the planet of all life (except Noah with his squad) and the events of the Tower of Babel, so this may have been a worldwide natural phenomenon like an earthquake or Pangea.
Then again an event like a worldwide earthquake would have probably killed everything if the whole world just kind of shook and stuff, so according to both Answers In Genesis (https://answersingenesis.org/bible-history/in-the-days-of-peleg/) and the Institute of Creation Research (http://www.icr.org/article/what-happened-days-peleg), the most plausible answer is that the various people groups spread out and were divided because of the repercussions of the Tower of Babel. So going back to dinosaurs, this could have affected not only them, but all living creatures because where humans go usually the natural world suffers because of human involvement/development. With all of humanity spreading outward and beginning new civilizations, it could have led to the dinosaurs being hunted for food and other resources. Which then leads into my final point….
- Migrated to Isolated/Unexplored Areas: Although humanity has been to some of the most isolated parts of the world through exploration and expansion, there are still parts of the world that are hidden and isolated across the globe. Despite having such advanced map-making tools like Google Maps to chart the world, there are still aspects of our world that we have no idea exist. The BBC wrote a piece on this dilemma which you can read here: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20141127-the-last-unmapped-places. One point that the article mentioned was on the state of favoritism when it comes to map making and how subjective it really is: “This neglect means maps of remote regions can contain errors that go unnoticed for years.” In other words, certain areas are emphasized because the map-maker is either from there or knows of that area better, while other areas are completely ignored (Ex: an American map-maker would make America super huge compared to other countries).
This neglect has led to large portions of the world remaining unexplored entirely and only known to native tribes within the vicinity. With this in mind, there is still the possibility that dinosaurs that live on land could possibly be living in these very remote areas of the world, neglected by the map-maker’s own personal bias. Places such as Vale Do Javari, Brazil which is about the size of Austria and home to about 2,000 indigenous people scattered throughout the region could be the perfect habitat for dinosaurs. There is also the Sakha Republic, Russia, which is ⅕ of the country and is largely untouched because of the extreme weather conditions, except for large animals that can bare those conditions like reindeer or….dinosaurs! For more on those super dope unexplored areas of the world check out this short article by Mental Floss which delves into 15 of those places: http://mentalfloss.com/us/go/63902.
Yet what is most intriguing is the fact that sea dinosaurs are extremely more likely to still be roaming the Earth compared to land dinosaurs because according to the National Ocean Service less than 5% of the ocean has been explored (http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/exploration.html). If math is not your thing then that means that about 95% of the ocean remains untouched by mankind. Like dude that’s a lot of ocean. Makes absolute sense to me that sea dinosaurs are still alive swimming today if only such a small portion of the ocean has been explored. And you know what that means? I could ride a plesiosaur! Not really, but I can dream.
So those are my thoughts on what happened to dinosaurs and where they are now, along with my theory as to why we do not see them today. Not one of my more serious blog-posts, but absolutely one of the dopest for sure. Plus it was just fun to talk about one of my favorite things in the entire universe: DINOSAURS!! I mean I like other stuff like Star Wars and stuff, but it’s kind of hard to apply that to things that matter like the Bible because it’s not very biblical….or real. Anyways, with that Godspeed and Jesus bless!