One of the most remarkable discoveries of all time was made at Point Twelve at the Dougherty site of the Paluxy River near Glen Rose in the Dinosaur Valley State Park in Texas. The Paluxy River bed became famous in the 1930s when locals found tracks of dinosaur prints and human prints alongside one another in the fossilized rock. Frozen in time and pressured by the ages in the smooth layered limestone were two print tracks, one of a human and the other of a dinosaur, side by side and even overlapping. These were described and photographed by Dr. John D. Morris (1946-present) Civil Engineer, Geologist, and President Emeritus, at the "Institute for Creation Research," Mount St. Helens. In his book, "Tracking Those Incredible Dinosaurs and the People Who Knew Them" from Bethany House Publishing he discusses the fossil records and the Young Earth Movement.✞
Another similar more recent find in Britain supported his conclusions. These showed a series of "14 sequential human footprints on the same platform with at least 134 dinosaur tracks" in a recent photo from the British Museum, London's Natural History Museum. On February 7, 2014, a fossil track showed "some human footprints, named by archeologists as "homo antecessor" or "Pioneer Man" thought to be about a million years old, found in silt on the beach at Happisburgh on the Norfolk coast of England." The prints were formed by five individuals including at least two children and one male adult with nearby fossils of "long-extinct animals including the mammoth, ancient horse and early vole" as well as stone tools. The footprint find of humans and mammoth together were part of an exhibit, "Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story," opening at the Natural History Museum in London. Fourteen fossil fragments and lower jawbones from homo antecessor were found in Northern Spain. In 1994 and 1995, a total of 80 fossils of six individuals who may have belonged to the species were discovered dating to approximately 780,000 years ago.✞
The footprints are shown in The Taylor Trail and look for all the world like the handiwork of some dreamy schoolgirl playing on a sandy seashore. One has the three-toed and deep impression of a heavy animal. The other was remarkably dissimilar for there, next to the monster dinosaur print was the clear five-toed bare footprint of a human being! Perfectly formed and sharp, these two impressions were monuments to the past and to the present.
To back this up, the British Broadcasting Company reported, in March 2009, the discovery of other fossilized footprints over 1.5 million years old! In caves, the remains of mammoth bones were found around a human's fireplace. This is clear evidence that humans coexisted with and walked, hunted and ate the "great creatures" of the Bible all those years ago. As we read in Genesis 1.21, "So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good." and Genesis 1.30, "'And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground — everything that has the breath of life in it — I give every green plant for food.' And it was so."✞
The dinosaur, seemingly so large, strong and invulnerable has since fallen into extinction. The human being, so small and fragile by comparison, still walks on and continues to inhabit the earth. The challenge for the church today is will it survive or not? Will the church evangelize or instead fossilize like the dinosaur? The church has winced from opponents within and without over the past two thousand years and has managed to develop new ways of surviving. God lives on and so does his people today! In what form we have yet to discover!✞