Were Dinosaurs on the Ark?

Short answer: Yes

Bible reference: Genesis 6:19-20

“And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.”

Noah was told to bring two of every kind of animal, male and female, into the Ark. So if dinosaurs were alive at the time of Noah’s world-wide Flood, he would have taken two of every kind of dinosaur with him into the Ark. There are a lot of dinosaur names, but only about 50 kinds of dinosaurs [eg. sauropods, ceratopsians, anklyosaurs, etc].

But how do we know that dinosaurs were alive at the time of the Flood? Because we have their fossils.

The fossil record is a record of death, suffering, disease, cancer and thorns. [That’s right: There are thorn fossils. There are also fossils of animals, including dinosaurs, that show evidence of cancer and tumors.] The Bible says that all of those things, especially death, were the result of Adam’s sin.  So if the Bible is God’s True History, these fossils and the rock layers they’re contained in were formed after Adam sinned. the only event that could have formed these fossils and rock layers in so short a time is Noah’s world-wide Flood. Remember: Rock layers like those we see at the Grand Canyon can either be made by a little bit of water over a loooooong time OR by a LOT of water over a little bit of time!

If Noah’s Flood formed the fossils, then the fossils show us what animals were alive at the time of the Flood. As the sediment [mud and dirt] rich waters of the Flood buried the animals, they became fossils. Dinosaurs fossils show us that dinos were alive at the time of Noah, before the Flood took the ones that weren’t aboard the Ark. So Noah would have brought two of every kind of animal that was alive at the time into the Ark. Including dinosaurs

19 Responses to Were Dinosaurs on the Ark?

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  3. Samuel says:

    this is soooooooooooooooooo true

  4. GK says:

    Im a Christian who believes in the creation of dinosaurs and that they could have actually died in their great numbers during the flood. But there are a few questions i have.
    1) So if the dinosaurs lived in the times before the flood and also died in the flood along with all the other mammals and birds etc. Where is the evidence of human fossils from the people in Noah’s time. I guess we could say the saber tooth tiger mastodons etc were all from the antediluvian era…(unlikely) but still where are the human fossils?

    2) The flood couldnt be the reason for the extinction of the Dinosaurs considering they would have been on the ark as well. So at least 100 individuals would have survived (50 species of dinosaurs…male and female) (environmental stresses or cataclysmic trauma can send animals into a kind of deep hibernation, the animals were all juveniles or compartmentalized) as explanations for carnivores not killing each other and the herbivores

    3) Could the dinosaurs have all been killed before the flood by the antediluvians? Kill the dinosaurs before they kill us and lets eat their yummy eggs!!!

    • GK,

      Thanks for your questions.

      1. Why do you assume that there would be any human fossils from the Flood? The purpose of the Flood was to wipe mankind from the face of the planet. Another consideration is that humans are much more mobile and would likely have made it to higher ground. Unfortunately, this means they would not have been buried in sediment-rich deposits, but rather they would have drowned in turbulent waters. Most creationist believe that their bodies would have been eaten and torn apart by marine animals much as most marine animal corpses are today.

      2. No one has said that the Flood was the reason for the extinction of the dinosaurs. Most creationists in fact believe that they died off afterward due to environmental changes, human hunting, etc, so we are in agreement on this point. For my thoughts on how carnivores and herbivores co-existed on the Ark, see Why Didn’t All of the Lions & Tigers & T-rexes [oh my!] Eat Everyone on the Ark?

      3. Not likely. Here’s my reasoning. According to flood geology, the most of the fossil record was formed by the Flood; therefore, the fossil record is a record of animals existing at the time of the Flood… which means that dinosaurs existed at teh time of the Flood. Given the fact that God sent two of every kind of air-breathing land animal to board the Ark and dinosaurs are air-breathing land animals, dinosaurs could not have gone extinct before the Flood. Make sense?

      Tony, DefGen.org

      • Craig Hurley says:

        No does not make sense! Dinosaur fossils are millions of years old and there has not been one even human-ish fossil any where near that old. By the way how big is this ark? IMPOSSIBLE!

      • Tony Breeden says:

        Sooooo…. you don’t know how big the ark was – and you are content in your ignorance – but you still say it was impossible. Your assertion that dino bones are millions of years old begs the question. Measurements of radiocarbon in dino bones yeilds dates which are only thousands of years old… which is crazy since there shouldn’t be any measurable C-14 in dino bones if they truly are millions of years old as old-earth dating presumptions would lead us to believe. I find it interesting that you flatly deny the feasibility of the ark without knowing how big it was and how many animals would be required to be on board, yet you show an obvious credulity when it comes to the assumptions of old-earth dating methods: [1] that we know the original parent/daughter isotope ratio, [2] that the rate of decay has been constant, and [3] that no parent and/or daughter isotopes have been added or removed over the span of the fossil’s lifetime. Of course, no evolutionist was there to observe these things to confirm that these assumptions are valid. Ironically, these old-age dating methods give old ages for young rocks recently fomed in volcanoes, so perhaps we should re-examine these assumptions after all!

      • Craig Hurley says:

        The questioning about the size of the ark was clearly sarcasm but I guess it wasn’t clear enough. I find it curious that I’m the ignorant one when this whole website shows a clear disregard for any factual evidence. If you’re going to tell me that a 500 year old man got together 2 of every species including dinosaurs and got them onto this boat/ark that he himself built and they floated around the earth until the water subsided then we will never see eye to eye on the meaning of ignorance. Religion and faith have their place in society but stories as outlandish as this should not be presented as factual to anyone even those in need of the safety net faith pacifier Christianity

      • Tony Breeden says:

        Again, you presume it is outlandish, but you have not bothered to investigate it to see whether it is in fact feasible. I could point you in the right direction if you are truly interested in engaging in an honest and fair critique of the evidence, but I don’t want to waste anyone’s time if you are simply a mocker.

  5. Jim Martel says:

    These kind of theories make Christians look like a bunch of ignorant fools.
    There were no dinosaurs on the ark. They were part of the pre-Adamite world which was destroyed before God made man.

    • Tony Breeden says:


      Your views reflect the oft-refuted Gap theory, for which there is zero Biblical evidence. Even worse, you conjure up a pre-Adamite world of death, suffering, thorns and cancer, when the Bible states that such are the result of the Fall. In other words, you have the cart before the horse.


  6. Bird of Hermes says:

    So… Weather or not both of you live in the united states of america or not im going to definitely assume so and i hope you both know the first amendment and if you dont its the freedom of religion and/or belief. So stop the quarrel.

    • Tony Breeden says:

      Bird of Hermes,
      Freedom of religion does not in any way imply that all views are equal. In fact, the logical law of non-contradiction states that two opposite truth claims cannot both be true, though both could be false. Freedom of religion has nothing to do with this argument, for it simply means we have the right to worship according to our conscience, whether our beliefs are true or not. We are arguing truth, which the first amendment also guarantees under freedom of speech.
      That being said, a man may believe whatever he chooses, but he is not free to express those beliefs without expecting someone else to express what they believe, especially when they believe he is wrong!


  7. Brent Avara says:

    Arguing never is the solution to proving the Bible. We as Christians are not to prove others wrong, but to bring them to God, so he can show them the truth. Think of the knowledge of the Bible as water. If you want someone to drink of it, they must first be brought to it. And they’re not going to drink of it unless they first believe and trust that it is truly water.

    • Tony Breeden says:

      Have you not read how Paul disputed in the synagogues of Athens with both Jews and God-fearing Greeks? [Acts 17:17] Your sentiment is not based on Scripture but on your opinion.

  8. Sandra Saxon says:

    Then where are all the dinosaurs that had to come from the ones on the ark?

    • Tony Breeden says:


      Mainstream creationists believe that after dinosaurs left the Ark they slowly went extinct due to changes in climate and other factors [an Ice Age, hunting, etc]. Memories of dinosaurs as dragons took on some fantastical elements as the real creatures begin to fade from observable ecology shortly before or during the Dark Ages.


  9. Many believe the Behemoth referred to here is a kind of Dino. Remember the word Dinosaur was first coined in 1841 – http://www.forbidden-history.com/dinosaurfacts-owen.html

    Job 40:
    15 “Look at Behemoth,
    which I made along with you
    and which feeds on grass like an ox.
    16 What strength it has in its loins,
    what power in the muscles of its belly!
    17 Its tail sways like a cedar;
    the sinews of its thighs are close-knit.
    18 Its bones are tubes of bronze,
    its limbs like rods of iron.
    19 It ranks first among the works of God,
    yet its Maker can approach it with his sword.
    20 The hills bring it their produce,
    and all the wild animals play nearby.
    21 Under the lotus plants it lies,
    hidden among the reeds in the marsh.
    22 The lotuses conceal it in their shadow;
    the poplars by the stream surround it.
    23 A raging river does not alarm it;
    it is secure, though the Jordan should surge against its mouth.
    24 Can anyone capture it by the eyes,
    or trap it and pierce its nose?

    These scriptural verses basically say that Job co-existed with ‘Dinosaurs’ or ‘Dinosaur-like’ creatures. We shouldn’t be surprise that they went extinct or when they went extinct (that is if they are really extinct – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zgs-9aU0JnY ; http://beforeitsnews.com/beyond-science/2013/02/living-dinosaurs-in-wikileaks-video-and-the-likouala-swamp-in-the-congo-2440784.html) since we are aware of many more creatures that have recently gone extinct (http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/photos/10-animals-presumed-extinct-in-the-last-decade/gone-the-way-of-the-dodo).

    • Dave says:

      They are finding bone marrow and tissue in some of the later fossils of dinosaurs that is impossible for millions of year old specimen. Through God all things are possible.

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