By Investigative journalist Jonathan David Whitcomb
It almost looks like the Jurassic World is really upon us, not in a science fiction film but in carbon-14 dating of dinosaur bones that were supposed to be many millions of years old. The fossils sampled turned out to be much younger than most scientists had imagined.
I don’t know of any pterosaur fossils have yet been carbon-dated by any scientist, but the dinosaur specimens that have been thus dated may lead to other testing. Let us hope for open-minded discussions on these wonderful developments in science. I hope somebody soon starts testing the ages of pterosaur remains.
Scientific Paper in a Peer-Reviewed Journal: CRSQ
I applaud the publishers of the recent issue of Creation Research Society Quarterly, for devoting practically its entire contents to the possibility that many organisms traditionally thought to have lived millions of years ago are actually only thousands of years old.
Science Journal With a Biblical Perspective
The most relevant article in this Spring-2015 issue is “radiocarbon in Dinosaur and Other Fossils,” by Brian Thomas and Vance Nelson. Here’s the first sentence of the Abstract:
Measurable amounts of radiocarbon have been consistently detected within carbonaceous materials across Phanerozoic strata.
Radioactive carbon has often been found in dead things in a variety of rock layers.
Second sentence of the Abstract:
Under uniformitarian assumptions, these should no longer contain measurable amounts or radiocarbon.
Scientists who think almost everything came into existence very slowly—they assume that those dead things should have so little radiocarbon that the most modern machines cannot find it.
Third sentence of the Abstract:
Secularists have asserted that these challenging finds originate from systematic contamination, but the hypothesis of endogenous radiocarbon should be considered.
People who do not believe in the Bible have said that these discoveries are from dirt and other stuff getting into things like dinosaur bones, but maybe the radioactive carbon actually came from those dinosaurs.
Recent Dinosaurs and Living Pterosaurs
How does carbon dating of dinosaur fossils relate to eyewitness reports of apparent pterosaurs? It relates to pubic opinions, to cultural assumptions.
For almost twelve years, I have received reports from people around the world, persons who tell me of something like this: a strange featherless flying creature. Many descriptions suggest that most sightings are of long-tailed pterosaurs, what some scientists might call Rhamphorhynchoids, although they are usually larger than the ones known from fossils.
Skeptics have ridiculed the idea that such creatures could still be flying through our modern skies, but that comes from Western indoctrination, not from scientific evidence for universal extinctions of general categories of animals. Recent dinosaurs can help many people be open-minded to what their neighbors, friends, and relatives have encountered: modern pterosaurs.
All scientists can agree that 14C dating cannot give us any knowledge of when something lived, if that life was over a million years ago. So why use that method for dating dinosaur fossils? Simple: Some scientists believe that dinosaurs lived much more recently.
. . . two dinosaur bone fragments [were submitted] to the Department of Geosciences at the University in Tucson, Arizona for carbon-14 analysis. . . . the C-14 analysis indicated that the bones were from 10,000-16,000 years old—a far cry from their alleged 60-million-year-old age
Since dinosaurs are thought to be over 65 million years old, the news is stunning . . . his team and the laboratories they employed took special care to avoid contamination . . . [yet] Dinosaur bones with Carbon-14 dates in the range of 22,000 to 39,000 years before present . . .
A team of researchers gave a presentation at the 2012 Western Pacific Geophysics Meeting in Singapore, August 13–17  . . . All gave dates ranging from 22,000 to 39,000 years [for dating eight dinosaur specimens]
For generations, Americans . . . have been indoctrinated . . . with continuous proclamations about all of the dinosaurs and pterosaurs becoming extinct many millions of years ago. The truth is now coming out, however, with direct carbon-dating of dinosaur bones.
[Some] paleontologists consider it a waste of time to test for C14 in dinosaur bone. There shouldn’t be any. Bones millions of years old, including those of all dinosaurs, should be “radiocarbon dead.” But like Mary Schweitzer said about soft tissue in general, “If you don’t look, you won’t find. But if you do, you never know.”
Both dinosaurs and pterosaurs have been assumed, by many Americans, to have lived only millions of years ago . . . Carbon-dating of dinosaur bones has now shown that assumption is false.
The Sordes pilosus has been tied to both sightings, in 2013, near Griffith Park: March 3rd and May 13th. [more than two apparent pterosaurs]