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Oard's Foot Track Follies

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Michael Oard is a member of Answers in Genesis, who thinks he's an expert in the fictional Flood Geology as paraded by young earthers, who claims the fossils of plants and animals were all formed during Noah's Flood, which is not so. One of major problems with the Flood Model is foot tracks made by dinosaurs while walking across the landscape, millions of years ago. Just like in the article Oard made up in a feeble attempt to explain the dinosaur extinction, Oard tries to explain the dinosaur footprints in an article made for the March 2003 issue of Creation Ex Nihilo (Creation 25 (2):10–12 March 2003, online article [1]). Entitled, In the Footsteps of Giants, Oard gives out his views on how the footprints are made and preserved over the years, while if what Oard claims is the case, there would have been no footprints at all found on earth. The Flood would have dissolved all the prints completely.

First off, Oard states, ”Millions of dinosaur tracks have been discovered in sedimentary rocks all over the world.” Rightly so. But Oard then says, “Evolutionists have naturally interpreted these tracks within their belief system, assuming they represent normal animal behavior some one hundred million years ago.” This is no interpretation, not even a belief, but a hardcore fact based on evidence found in and around the footprints. Oard, then, stupidly claims that the footprints were made by dinosaurs that perished during Noah's Flood except those in the ark and says, “At first glance, it seems difficult to explain the formation of dinosaur tracks during the Flood. A closer inspection of the details, however, demonstrates that the Flood is a more reasonable explanation.” To a Flood geologist, it is difficult to explain the tracks and a real, actual closer inspection would demonstrate that the tracks were not made by dinosaurs running away from the Flood but by dinosaurs on migratory routes to either their feeding grounds or nesting grounds.

However, Oard doesn't know better. In the claims he made in the Straight Trackways section about trackways that were straight as a result of dinosaurs fleeing from the flood, he completely ignores the concept of migratory routes and the fact that the prints were all made by dinosaurs that are walking as well as spreading out to feed and drink while being watched by an opportunistic predator ready to prey on any dinosaur that wanders away from the herd. The best examples of this is in the study of dinosaur footprints in coal [2].

Oard makes claims in the Few Young Dinos section of adults being forced to leave their babies behind by the coming of the flood water while ignoring the walking footprints and the fact that the babies' legs were not fully developed when scientists unearthed the baby fossils and studied them. So, the babies could not get away even if they tried. They have very strong instinct to stay in and around their nest until they are old enough and their legs strong enough to leave the nests permanently.

Oard, then in the Trackways on Flood Rocks section, abuses and contradicts the same holy book he claims to uphold by stating that dinosaur tracks were made for the first 150 days of the Flood. This contradicts the verses in Genesis 7:17-23 where it says the rain prevailed for only 40 days and every land dwelling being outside the ark died. Oard, in this section, claimed that the tracks are made on only flat bedding planes, while ignoring the fossil tracks on mountain sides as well as the tracks being made while walking by a river, lake, or seaside. In a forum thread [3], Donnmathan rebuts Oard's tracks-made-up-and-down-the-hills claim as following,

“There is a massive misrepresentation in the first paragraph, here, that undermines its point. The location of the vast majority of tracks I've heard of are along the banks of ancient (and some modern) rivers, or on the shores of larger bodies of water. Basically, locations where the presence of large mud flats or flat expanses of sand would be common. Such conditions provide the best chance for clear tracks to left and then preserved. The author's assertion that we should see tracks going up and down hills is absurd.”

“Given the above (concerning Oard's remarks about tracks being buried in hundreds of sedimentary rocks that eroded away over a period of time), we know the rest of the section is suspect, but there is one further assertion that must be noted.

It is known from erosional remnants that the tracks were buried by many hundreds of meters of sedimentary rocks laid down on top of them. These later sediments were subsequently eroded down to the level where we find the tracks.

Apparently, given that he thinks all of the sedimentary rocks were laid down in this flood, there were dinos wading around in raging flood waters, stamping their feet to try to make clear, preservable tracks for him to find, which the flood could then deposit more sediment on top of. To make matters worse, he then indicated that the erosion took place as the waters receded...ignoring, for a moment, that sediments laid down under water in any flood don't form rock over a matter of months.”

It just comes to show if the Flood did occur like YECs said it did, there wouldn't be any footprints at all.

Then, in the section entitled Flood Went Up and Down, Oard makes claims about the strong currents of flood waters being made by the earth's rotation at speeds of 90-180 mph. If that was the case, the dinosaurs would have never be given time to eat, breed, migrate, relieve themselves, etc. at all. So, how can he explain the dinosaur footprints, eggs, dino-dung, etc. being made by dinosaurs during the Flood, while the watery juggernaut were rushing in at record speeds at about 200 mph towards them? Answer: He can't! There is no way can all these things be formed during the Flood with all that rapid moving water currents plowing through.

Here Oard displays his great ignorance once more. In the last 2 sections entitled When were dino tracks formed? and What about tracks on multiple bedding planes in a local area?, Oard uses his warped imagination and pretends that the dinosaurs survived temporarily on only floating debris or by swimming (!), only to go up to freshly deposit sediment, where they made tracks and laid their eggs quickly only to be eventually swept away by the flood. Only for those dinosaurs who survived, to start all over again and then went back and forth, back and forth doing it over and over and over.....how in the world can anyone believe in this tripe!? Oard brought up this joke-worth-a-billion-laughs, while ignoring the evidences of migrations and seasonal nesting areas and the breeding periods that all occurred year after year. How in the world can dinosaurs lay eggs and make footprints in a time when a huge, powerful, rapid tsunami is coming at them at top speeds of about 200 mph? Answer: They can't! There's no way they can lay eggs and raise their young at a rapid rate in a matter of a few hours, or a few days, with all that rapid running waters coming at them at record speeds. Never giving the dinosaurs one single chance to mate, build their nests, lay their eggs, and raise their young. The eggs would have all been swept away and the tracks completely destroyed. No tracks, no eggs, and no young if the alleged global flood did occur.

So much for putting on Oard's Bible “Blinkers.” It will do us no good in wearing them.

To find out more about fossil footprints and how they are actually made, see Glen J. Kuban's site [4].

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