Why Does The Fossil Record Contain So Many Extinct Species?

By on July 20, 2017

Why Does The Fossil Record Contain So Many Extinct Species – Bible Research Tools 
What happened to all those “bizarre” creatures we find in the fossil record, such as the dinosaurs? Why were they not on the Ark? Why were so many “left behind”?

The answer can possibly be found in the non-canonical literature which mentions the hybridization of animals by the fallen angels, which are the sons of God briefly mentioned in Genesis 6.

The Fossil Record

Fossilization is an uncommon event where living or recently dead organisms are quickly covered with sediment to prevent deterioration. Over time the organic material is replaced by minerals leaving a permanent imprint or representative structure. [1]

This article is a canonical and extra-canonical theory/narrative of why there are so many extinct creatures found in the fossil record, and so few humans.

A Super Race?

We begin in Genesis 6 where the scripture tells us that the sons/angels of God married earthly women, creating a “hybrid race” of giants:

“Now the giants were upon the earth in those days; and after that when the sons of God were wont to go in to the daughters of men, they bore children to them, those were the giants of old, the men of renown.” — Gen 6:4 LXX

“And their judges and rulers [the sons of God — the angels] went to the daughters of men and took their wives by force from their husbands according to their choice . . .” — Jasher 4:18

“And it came to pass when the children of men began to multiply on the face of the earth and daughters were born unto them, that the angels of God saw them on a certain year of this jubilee, that they were beautiful to look upon; and they took themselves wives of all whom they chose, and they bare unto them sons and they were giants.” — Jubilees 5:1

“And all the others together with them took unto themselves wives, and each chose for himself one, and they began to go in unto them and to defile themselves with them, and they taught them charms and enchantments, and the cutting of roots, and made them acquainted with plants. And they became pregnant, and they bare great giants, whose height was three thousand ells: Who consumed all the acquisitions of men.” — Enoch 7:1-3

“And they have gone to the daughters of men upon the earth, and have slept with the women, and have defiled themselves, and revealed to them all kinds of sins. And the women have borne giants” — Enoch 9:8-9

The Spread of Wickedness

The wickedness of the sons of men spread until the earth was filled with violence:

“And the Lord God, having seen that the wicked actions of men were multiplied upon the earth, and that every one in his heart was intently brooding over evil continually,” — Gen 6:5 LXX

“And all the sons of men departed from the ways of the Lord in those days as they multiplied upon the face of the earth with sons and daughters, and they taught one another their evil practices and they continued sinning against the Lord. And every man made unto himself a god, and they robbed and plundered every man his neighbor as well as his relative, and they corrupted the earth, and the earth was filled with violence.” — Jasher 4:16-17

“And when [normal] men could no longer sustain them, the giants turned against them and devoured mankind . . . and the whole earth has thereby been filled with blood and unrighteousness.” — Enoch 7:3-4, 9:9

Super Animals?

This is a crucial passage that mentions the cross-species hybridization of animals by the angels and/or their offspring, which could explain all the bizarre creatures, like dinosaurs:

“and the sons of men in those days took from the cattle of the earth, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and taught the mixture of animals of one species with the other?, in order therewith to provoke the Lord; and God saw the whole earth and it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted its ways upon earth, all men and all animals.” — Jasher 4:18

These passages also imply a corruption of the animal kingdom:

“And they began to sin against birds, and beasts, and reptiles, and fish, and to devour one another’s flesh, and drink the blood.” — Enoch 7:5

“And lawlessness increased on the earth and all flesh corrupted its way, alike men and cattle and beasts and birds and everything that walks on the earth all of them corrupted their ways and their orders . . . And God looked upon the earth, and behold it was corrupt, and all flesh had corrupted its orders, and all that were upon the earth had wrought all manner of evil before His eyes.” – Jubilees 5:2-3

“And after this they sinned against the beasts and birds, and all that moves and walks on the earth: and much blood was shed on the earth, and every imagination and desire of men imagined vanity and evil continually.” — Jubilees 7:23

“And the Lord God saw the earth, and it was corrupted; because all flesh had corrupted its way upon the earth. And the Lord God said to Noe, A period of all men is come before me; because the earth has been filled with iniquity by them, and, behold, I destroy them and the earth.” — Gen 6:12-13 LXX

Neighbor Against Neighbor

These passages possibly explain why there are not so many fossils of men and hybrid men: they were killing each other off prior to the flood:

“And when men could no longer sustain them, the giants turned against them and devoured mankind.” — Enoch 7:3-3

“And to Gabriel said the Lord: ‘Proceed against the bastards and the reprobates, and against the children of fornication: and destroy (the children of fornication and) the children of the Watchers from amongst men (and cause them to go forth): send them one against the other that they may destroy each other in battle: for length of days shall they not have.” — Enoch 10:9

“And against [the angel’s] sons went forth a command from before His face that they should be smitten with the sword, and be removed from under heaven . . . And He sent His sword into their midst that each should slay his neighbour, and they began to slay each other till they all fell by the sword and were destroyed from the earth . . . And He destroyed all from their places, and there was not left one of them whom He judged not according to all their wickedness.” – Jubilees 5:7,9,13

“And they begat sons the Naphidim, and they were all unlike, and they devoured one another: and the Giants slew the Naphil, and the Naphil slew the Eljo, and the Eljo mankind, and one man another.” — Jubilees 7:23

The Animals on the Ark

When God decided to destroy all flesh with a global flood, He sent animals to the Ark; but the hybrid animals were apparently “left behind”, perhaps because they were not of a single “kind”:

“Go to Noah and tell him in my name “Hide thyself!” and reveal to him the end that is approaching: that the whole earth will be destroyed, and a deluge is about to come upon the whole earth, and will destroy all that is on it. And now instruct him that he may escape and his seed may be preserved for all the generations of the world.'” — Enoch 10:2-3

“And of all cattle and of all reptiles and of all wild beasts, even of all flesh, thou shalt bring by pairs of all, into the ark, that thou mayest feed them with thyself: male and female they shall be. Of all winged birds after their kind, and of all cattle after their kind, and of all reptiles creeping upon the earth after their kind, pairs of all shall come in to thee, male and female to be fed with thee.” — Gen 6:19-20 LXX

The Destruction of All Flesh

All flesh was destroyed, except for the men and animals on the ark:

“And God said, I will blot out man whom I have made from the face of the earth, even man with cattle, and reptiles with flying creatures of the sky, for I am grieved that I have made them.” — Gen 6:7 LXX

“And the Lord God said to Noe, A period of all men is come before me; because the earth has been filled with iniquity by them, and, behold, I destroy them and the earth . . . And behold I bring a flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life under heaven, and whatsoever things are upon the earth shall die.” — Gen 6:13,17 LXX

“[After his crucifixion, Christ] went and preached unto the spirits in prison; Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.” — 1Pet 3:19-20 KJV

“And behold I will bring the flood of waters upon the earth, and all flesh be destroyed, from under the heavens all that is upon earth shall perish.” — Jasher 5:29

“And the Lord destroyed everything from off the face of the earth; because of the wickedness of their deeds, and because of the blood which they had shed in the midst of the earth He destroyed everything.” — Jubilees 7:25

Chains of Darkness

This is the judgment of the disobedient angels:

“And against the angels whom He had sent upon the earth, He was exceedingly wroth, and He gave commandment to root them out of all their dominion, and He bade us to bind them in the depths of the earth, and behold they are bound in the midst of them, and are (kept) separate.” – Jubilees 5:6

“And their fathers were witnesses (of their son’s destruction), and after this they were bound in the depths of the earth for ever, until the day of the great condemnation, when judgment is executed on all those who have corrupted their ways and their works before the Lord.” – Jubilees 5:10

“And when [the angel’s] sons have slain one another, and they have seen the destruction of their beloved ones, bind them fast for seventy generations in the valleys of the earth, till the day of their judgement and of their consummation, till the judgement that is for ever and ever is consummated.” — Enoch 10:13

“For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;” – 2 Peter 2:4-5 KJV

“And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.” — Jude 1:6 KJV


We see that God spared not the flesh of the old world, except for the eight men and women and the creatures which he created. We can also envision why the fossil record is loaded with all sorts of bizarre creatures – the cross-species hybrids; but few fossils of men, relatively speaking.

That last statement needs clarification. The book of Jasher states there were about 700,000 men and women alive when the waters began to rise:

“And the sons of men assembled together, about seven hundred thousand men and women, and they came unto Noah to the ark.” — Jasher 6:17

That would seem like a lot of people left to produce the relatively small number of known human fossils (currently about 6,000). But this also happened:

“And the sons of men approached in order to break into the ark, to come in on account of the rain, for they could not bear the rain upon them. And the Lord sent all the beasts and animals that stood round the ark. And the beasts overpowered them and drove them from that place, and every man went his way and they again scattered themselves upon the face of the earth.” — Jasher 6:24-25

We can speculate that the beasts did more than merely drive the people away from the ark. They may have also been hungry, chasing the humans wherever they went, seeking a (final) meal. Of course, the humans could have also been the last to drown by scrambling to higher ground, and clinging onto whatever floating material they could find, rendering them less likely to fossilize.



1. Fossil Museum: Fossilization

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