How does the age of the cavemen and the dinosaurs fit in with Torah?
And the answer is, how does the age of the computers fit in with the Torah? Any contradiction? No. Same is just like computers are contemporary with us, so were cavemen contemporary with dinosaurs. Only that today we are contemporary with computers, and yesterday people were contemporary with dinosaurs. The dinosaurs are quite recent. And the fact is, if you want to spend money you can buy a film strip, you can rent it too if you want – I’ll give you the address where it can be procured – and you’ll see there photographed footsteps, it’s fossilized footsteps, where you see a dinosaur waddling. Its footsteps are imprinted forever on a rock, and together with his footsteps are footsteps of a man. Human footsteps! Which means that the dinosaur was contemporary with man. Now that doesn’t fit according to the timetables of the evolutionists, but it’s proven, so what can you do?!
Now, the cavemen? There’s no problem there at all. Cavemen, that’s a silly thing. Because there are cavemen even today. In North Africa, even fifty years ago, when Nachum Slouschz was traveling in North Africa, he found Jews living in caves in parts of North Africa. There was a place in the mountains where caves were available and didn’t cost any rent. So hundreds and hundreds of Jews lived in caves. What does that mean, what does that prove? They’re putting on tefillin in the caves and eating matzah on Pesach in the caves and saying Bereishis bara Elokim in the caves as well. So a caveman means nothing.
Now dinosaurs, that’s what puts a thrill in little boys who are taught evolution. And therefore you have to know, dinosaurs are just the same as caveman. Because dinosaurs are a recent phenomenon. They went out of existence as soon as the Mabul took place. A great many of the huge lizards of antiquity that were not able to survive the flood, they were all destroyed in massive catastrophes. And that’s proven by the fact that you find dinosaur graveyards. Huge masses of dinosaur bones are jammed together in certain places as if they were buried together. And that could only be due to catastrophe. They didn’t come and decide to bury themselves together. It’s not like a Montefiore Cemetery where every person applies for a grave. No! It was a catastrophe that swept them up suddenly. When the Mabul came there were great changes in the weather suddenly. Tremendous changes took place. When so much water is subtracted from the sea’s surface, there’s a tremendous change in the climate. And in certain places the dinosaurs were immediately overwhelmed. They were frozen. You find thousands of mastodon skeletons in Siberia. In great cemeteries, great graveyards all buried together. Because there was a big catastrophe that engulfed them suddenly. And therefore the dinosaurs and the cavemen and whatever else you have are no contradiction to anything that we teach in the Torah.
TAPE # 490 (January 1984)