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Mr. Nature: The Biggest Dinosaur

It’s hard to say which was really the biggest dinosaur, but Sauroposeidon, from Oklahoma, is a strong candidate for the tallest.

When it comes to the biggest dinosaurs, mostly what we have are bits and pieces. Sauroposeidon’s remains, for instance, were originally mistaken for fossilized tree trunks. The problem with these gigantic creatures is that when they died, their carcasses were too big to be fossilized easily and they mostly broke apart.

But if that picture up above is accurate–and the scientists have done their best, with what they had to work with–wow! Can you imagine seeing an animal anywhere near that big? Oh, the work of God’s hands! When I interviewed the famous paleontologist, Bob Bakker, some years ago, he said he imagined the Lord took a special pleasure in creating these giants.

Obviously they’re not here anymore. God has removed them–where to, we don’t know.

But I suppose there will be some spectacular surprises waiting for us when we get to Heaven.


Mr. Nature: The Biggest Dinosaur

Hi, Mr. Nature here–with what may be the biggest dinosaur known so far: Argentinosaurus.

As paleontologists fan out into territories untouched by earlier fossil-hunters, they find cooler and cooler dinosaurs. Argentinosaurus was published in 1993 and is called by Wikipedia “the largest dinosaur known from uncontroversial evidence.” Which means its title is only temporary, pending further study and new discoveries. It is estimated, from incomplete remains, to have been about 100 feet long and weighed about 100 tons. Give or take a few.

Now that’s big!

The video gives you an idea what this creature was like. It is based on speculation, and study of the bones, comparison with similar dinosaurs, etc. Please feel free to ignore the evolution chatter in the narration. I always do.

Bob Bakker–the scientist who, more than any other, gave the world the concept of dinosaurs as lively, warm-blooded, reasonably intelligent animals–once told me that one of the things he enjoys about dinosaurs is thinking about the pleasure God must have had in creating them. Yes, I like to think about that, too.

No one has seen a living dinosaur. We can never be sure that our reconstructions of them and their world are entirely on target. I love them because they fill me with a sense of awe: “What hath God wrought!”

As far as we know, dinosaurs no longer exist on earth. But God has the entire universe at His disposal, in which to do His pleasure. In speaking of these creatures, it’s a good idea to leave absolute certainty behind.

Admire God’s handiwork, and wonder.


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