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Fossil graveyard

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Paleontologists working at the Dinosaur National Monument.

Fossil graveyards (or bone beds) are stratigraphically and geographically constrained bed that contains more than one individual. Occasionally, bone beds contain hundreds of dinosaurs.


In 1940, more than forty well preserved allosaurs were found buried together in Utah.[1] Fossil graveyards as they are known are not uncommon in the fossil record, and secular scientists are at a loss to explain their existence sufficiently. According to Wikipedia:

"Nearly a dozen scientific papers have been written on the taphonomy of the site, coming up with numerous contradictory explanations for how it formed. Suggestions have ranged from animals getting stuck in a bog, to becoming trapped in deep mud, to falling victim to drought-induced mortality around a waterhole, to getting trapped in a spring-fed pond or seep".[2]

Such explanations fall short, since any satisfactory theory must account not only for the multiple deaths, but provide a mechanism for their rapid burial so that fossilization can occur. A natural disaster capable of killing and burying them rapidly is the most logical and probable cause. This event was most likely the flood of Noah that is described in the Biblical book of Genesis.[1]


Ceratops fossils are common across North America and numerous fossil graveyards have been found that contain these beasts in some number. Of Centrosaurus species alone more than two dozen graveyards (or bone beds) have been found in southern Alberta Canada. One very extensive bed located in the badlands of Dinosaur Provincial Park has been discovered that contains high number of ceratops and possibly tens of thousands of dinosaurs overall.[3]

Based on the small portions excavated, it is likely the concentration of dinosaurs in the ground between excavation sites is evenly distributed. This suggests hundreds to thousands of dinosaurs in BB43. If another bone bed discovered 400 m upstream is included, the number of Centrosaurus dinosaurs in this area is estimated at tens of thousands![3]

It is believed by paleontologists that the animals at this site were killed in a flood based natural disaster. There are also indicators that they died elsewhere and were later transported into their final resting place. The bones are fragmented and the long bones were aligned by currents. The bones also indicate they were modified by an external force, probably in a high-energy sediment ladened water flow. Secular paleontologists assert it is likely that they were caught in a flood while trying to cross a river. Creation scientist Michael Oard feels the evidence is more consistent with the Genesis Flood.

The evidence is more consistent with the Genesis Flood in which the catastrophe would cause dinosaurs of the same kind or species to herd up … and then to be killed together during the onslaught of the Flood.[3]



  1. 1.0 1.1 Gish, Duane T., Dinosaurs by Design. Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 1992. p48.
  2. Cleveland-Lloyd discoveries by Wikipedia.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Watery catastrophe deduced from huge Ceratopsian dinosaur graveyard by Michael J. Oard. Journal of Creation 16(2):3–4, August 2002.

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