From movies like Jurassic Park/World, many people think that all the dinosaurs were enormous, invincible killing machines—humans are just too small, dumb, and weak to have lived during the time of the dinosaurs.
The truth is, humans live in a world that is still home to many incredible, large, and intimidating creatures. Large reptiles like the Komodo Dragon, anacondas, alligators, and crocodiles don’t keep man from flourishing on the earth.
Elephants can get up to 11 tons (22,000 lbs). An elephant can kill a man by stepping on him with one foot or by simply striking him with its trunk. Yet, we have no problem taming these animals or even training them to do tricks in the circus. If man can work, play, and even go to battle on an elephant, why couldn’t man do similar things with certain dinosaurs? Yes, some of the sauropod dinosaurs grew over four times larger than an elephant, but most dinosaurs were smaller than an elephant.
Killer whales (Orcas), are one of the oceans’ fiercest predators. They eat hundreds of thousands of pounds of mammal and fish meat every year. Seals, sea lions, walruses, otters, polar bears, and even moose have all been found in the stomachs of these creatures. But these are captured, tamed, and trained to do tricks.
If humans today can manipulate animals that are over 100 times our own size, why is it so difficult to believe that humans could do it with dinosaurs? In the Bible, Genesis 1:28 says, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
When man and large animals get together, who is in trouble? Blue whales get much larger than any of the dinosaurs, and it’s the blue whale that has nearly been hunted to extinction in the past.
A lot of people get their ideas about how animals behaved from Hollywood fiction. But is Hollywood trying to tell an accurate story or an entertaining story? Now think if the dinosaurs had survived today, but the elephant had gone extinct. They might have made a movie like Jurassic Park about elephants. You see, if we didn’t know how elephants behaved, they might have been perceived as monsters. The movie might portray them running around stabbing people with their tusks—because what else would tusks be used for except for stabbing prey (they were sharp and pointy)? Well no—elephants are gentle animals; now you don’t want to make one mad, but they are not monsters, they are just animals that God created for our enjoyment.
As Dr. Jason Lisle has said, “You can’t tell the behavior of an animal by its bones any more than you could tell the behavior of me from my bones. You can make a guess, but that’s all it is.”