Today on his “Focal Point” radio program, the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer offered up a genuinely incoherent explanation for the extinction of the dinosaurs that he believes bolsters his fundamentalist belief that humans and dinosaurs co-existed on the earth.
Fischer, a biblical literalist and young earth creationist, cited a story about the extinction of a species of massive rhinos known as “the Siberian unicorn” nearly 40,000 years ago in an effort to explain why dinosaurs no longer exist, despite his belief that they were present on Noah’s Ark.
“I have no hesitation in saying this because I do not doubt the word of God,” Fischer said, “that man coexisted with dinosaurs. Now, people will tell me I’m a neanderthal, I’m a Cro-Magnon, this is superstition, this is an old wive’s tale; I don’t care because my trust and confidence is in the word of God. So that word of God indicates that we walked the earth with dinosaurs.”
Fischer asserted that “you had little tiny dinosaurs on the Ark,” but they didn’t survive after the flood receded because all of the vegetation had been destroyed.
“When these giant dinosaurs, who were what? They were vegetarians, they were herbivores,” he said. “Now, the Tyrannosaurus was obviously a carnivore, with the kind of teeth it had, but what’s it going to eat? It has to eat herbivores, right? What else is there to eat?”
“If all of the vegetation is wiped out, what are the [herbivores] going to eat?” Fischer asked, rhetorically. “So they die out. They just literally starve to death and the Tyrannosauruses don’t have anything to eat, so they starve to death.”
Aside from the fact that this “explanation” suggests some very poor planning on God’s part, it also doesn’t make much sense given that all sorts of herbivores continue to exist today.
If a lack of vegetation following the flood caused these small, young herbivore dinos to starve and die off, then what did other herbivores like goats, sheep, deer, camels, giraffes, horses, rabbits, elephants, and kangaroos eat?