When I read through this story, my first thought was: it’s a made-up story! The analysis of the amber-encased flowers showed they produce the compounds to make the beautiful scents we enjoy today, but there’s no evidence dinosaurs likewise enjoyed these scents. Did these scientists witness the dinosaurs smelling the flowers? The article even admits it’s little more than a guess—which is what the whole story of evolution is: a guess, a made-up story! It could (or could not) have been the case, but this highlights how headlines like “dinosaurs were sniffing flowers millions of years before humans even existed” are often misleading, just as so many headlines in secular newspapers are today regarding politics or other issues. There’s no evidence this was the case—it just makes a good headline!
Did dinosaurs stop and smell the roses, so to speak? Perhaps they did—we don’t know as they are extinct. What we do know is that God created flowers with the ability to create beautiful scents from the very beginning. These flowers aren’t tens of millions of years old. Flowers were created on day three of creation week (three days before all the land animals—when the group we today call dinosaurs were created) just 6,000 years ago. So it’s not surprising these preserved flowers would have smelled similar to flowers today.
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