changes in the water level would temporarily expose the tops of freshly laid
sediments. Several mechanisms, such
as tides and up-and-down movement
of the earth’s crust, would cause the
floodwater to oscillate over variable
timescales. Sediments would be briefly
exposed during a local fall until the
next upward pulse of the water. Figure 4,
which can represent an area of many
hundreds of kilometres, illustrates this
effect. Dinosaurs in the water as well
as on higher land nearby would clamber
onto the exposed sediments. The stressed
pregnant dinosaurs would lay their eggs
in haste on the sediment surface. A
subsequent rise in water level would
bury the eggs and begin the fossilization
process. The dinosaur activity can be
placed between Day 40 and Day 120 of
the 370-Day Flood.
The BEDS model
This concept has been called the BEDS
model, where BEDS is an acronym for
Briefly Exposed Diluvial Sediments.
Diluvial is another name for the Flood.
The BEDS model also explains other
challenges associated with dinosaur
eggs, such as mud cracks, burrow holes,
and channels. These features are to
Figure 4. How multiple layers can form due to oscillations in relative seawater level
be expected during the global Flood,
when flat sedimentary surfaces would
be exposed above the water for short
periods of time. Eggs with broken tops
can simply be due to sediment compaction or scavenging. It is possible some
embryos hatched, although this would
be rare. Since sedimentation was rapid,
and the Flood level oscillated repeatedly,
it would not be unusual for eggs to be laid
at multiple levels in the same area.
The BEDS model illustrates
how to solve other challenges
The BEDS model based on the biblical
worldview provides reasonable answers
for many geological challenges. It shows
how interpretations from a biblical
perspective make sense of a wider range
of data and provide a more intellectually
satisfying explanation than the uniformitarian approach. Be encouraged; research
into claimed problems for Noah’s Flood
often leads to novel insights and solutions.
I have discovered that the uniformitarian
approach repeatedly results in problems
that can be solved by applying models
based on biblical Earth history.
References and notes
1. Chiappe, L.M. and Dingus, L., Walking
on Eggs: The Astonishing Discovery
of Thousands of Dinosaur Eggs in the
Badlands of Patagonia, Scribner, New York,
N Y, p. 201, 2001.
2. Chiappe and Dingus, ref. 1, p. 87.
3. Grellet-Tinner, G., Fiorelli, L.E., and
Salvador, R.B., Water vapor conductance
of the Lower Cretaceous dinosaurian eggs
from Sanagasta, La Rioja, Argentina:
paleobiological and paleoecological
implications for South American
faveoloolithid and megaloolithid eggs,
Palaios 27: 35–47, 2012.
4. Deeming, D.C., Ultrastructural and
functional morphology of eggshells
supports the idea that dinosaur eggs
were incubated buried in a substrate,
Palaeontology 49(1):182, 2006.
5. Oard, M.J., The meaning of porous dinosaur
eggs laid on flat bedding planes, J. Creation
27(1): 3–4, 2013.
6. Currie, P.J., The great dinosaur egg hunt,
National Geographic 189( 5):96–111, 1996.
has an M.S. in atmospheric science and is a retired
meteorologist from the US National Weather
Service. He has authored numerous books and
articles, including Exploring Geology with Mr
Hibb. He is on the board of Creation Research
Society and is widely regarded as an expert on Ice
Age creation topics. For more: creation.com/oard.