I’ve been looking into the Allosaurus that was snapped up by the Creation Museum, that bastion of twisted lies and misinformation housed in Petersburg, Kentucky, ‘Murica.
And my goodness, don’t Ken Ham and his equally deluded cronies have some bollocks to spout about it.
You can if you wish, view their article here, but I have broken it down and will examine it in some detail.
We are pleased to announce the addition of a world-class dinosaur skeleton, an Allosaurus fragilis, to the array of exceptional exhibits at the Creation Museum. Recently donated to the museum, this specimen is believed to have one of the six or seven best-preserved Allosaurus skulls ever discovered.
Just a shame that it’s value to science is wasted by placing it in a Cathedral of Lies.
An allosaur, sometimes confused with T. rex, was a large theropod dinosaur. The museum’s new dinosaur probably stood 10-feet high and was 30-feet long. It is one of a number of Allosaurus fossils uncovered in the Morrison Formation of North America. Amazingly, more than half its bones were recovered—the skull even has 53 teeth still in place.
Actually, this is the truth. Something one wouldn’t normally expect to find at Casa Ham, but there you go.
Answers in Genesis geologist Dr. Andrew Snelling says the new allosaur “stands out for a few major reasons. It was found with its bones arranged in their correct anatomical positions relative to each other, rather than in a scattered assortment of bones as is often the case. Also, all its neck and tail vertebrae and 97% of the skull were found. Lastly, the skull is much larger than the famous ‘Big Al’ dinosaur at the Museum of the Rockies in Montana.”
Again, more truth, but I am wondering why it’s size is an issue. Is Dr Snelling compensating, do you think?
Dr. Snelling added that the intact skeleton of this allosaur is a testimony to an extremely rapid burial, which is confirmation of the global catastrophe of a Flood a few thousand years ago.
Ah here it is. The first of the misinformation that the Creation Museum and Answers in Genesis do so well.
First, as anybody who has been contaminated with a working brain should know, Allosaurs roamed the Earth many millions of years ago.
They lived during the late Jurassic period (Kimmeridgian to early Tithonian) which was 155 to 150 million years ago. So a flood a few thousand years ago will have had absolutely no impact on any living Allosaurs… There weren’t any!
I must point out that there actually was a worldwide flood once, but it wasn’t a rainfall of 40 days and forty nights a few thousand years ago.
The rain fell continuously for millions of years all over the planet. After it’s initial creation, the planet was a mass of molten rock, but as it cooled, volcanic activity blasted huge amounts of gas forming the initial atmosphere, including hydrogen and oxygen that combined and formed an extremely thick cloud layer. Once the planet cooled enough, the molucules turned liquid an the rain fell, and fell, and fell. Estimates range from 7 to 10 million years of rainfall, about 4.3 billion and 3.8 billion years ago… Not quite the right time frame for Noah to go yachting in it eh?
For one thing, it was this rain that actually formed the oceans to begin with, until it happened, a boat would have been as useful as tits on a fish anyway!
Our Ebenezer isn’t named after the miserly character found in Charles Dickens’s well-known tale, A Christmas Carol. Instead his name comes from the Bible. In 1 Samuel 7, it is recorded that God rescued the Israelites from the terror of the Philistine army. Afterward, the prophet Samuel set up a rock to remember God’s help and called it “Ebenezer,” which means “the stone of help.” Some of the people involved in excavating this dinosaur named him Ebenezer because they saw him as a reminder of God’s judgment of the world and how He preserved mankind and animal kinds on Noah’s Ark.
Am I the only one to notice something here? If Ebenezer is a reminder of God’s judgement and how he preserved mankind and animal kinds on the ark, why were there no dinosaurs on the ark? Where are they now? Oh I know, they all died out 65 million years before boats were invented!
And the name Ebenezer does not originate with the excavators. The skeleton was bought by the Elizabeth Streb Peroutka Foundation for an estimated $1 million and donated to the Museum, who subsequently named it.
Looks like Ken Ham has been caught in yet another lie.
Ken Ham, president and founder of the Creation Museum and Answers in Genesis, stated that this skeleton, dubbed Ebenezer, “fulfills a dream I’ve had for quite some time. For decades I’ve walked through many leading secular museums, like the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., and have seen their impressive dinosaur skeletons, but they were used for evolution. Now we have one of that class for our museum.”
So the fact that you now have one and have placed a few paragraphs of invented history around it completely negates the verified research of every other museum in the world does it? Seems to me that there’s a good reason that museums should be secular. But how does it work for creationists? Oh I know…
One blessing in getting the allosaur was that the Creation Museum did not seek it out. Michael Peroutka, one of the board members of the Foundation, says that this fossil is a testimony to the creative power of God and also lends evidence to the truth of a worldwide catastrophic flooding of the earth about 4,500 years ago as described in the Bible. In order to ensure that the display of the fossil represented this teaching, the Peroutka Foundation donated the fossil to the Creation Museum.
Repeating a lie doesn’t make it true… It will never make it true!
The Creation Museum already has excellent dinosaur-related exhibits, including dinosaur eggs and bones plus realistic animatronic models. As Ken Ham stated, “While evolutionists use dinosaurs more than anything to promote their worldview, especially to young students, our museum uses dinosaurs to help tell the account of history according to the Bible. This remarkable allosaur is a great addition to our dinosaur exhibits. It’s been a pleasure to work with the Peroutka Foundation, which wants to use this great fossil in a God-honoring way.”
It is such a waste that the Creation Museum has these exhibits and are using them to pervert true learning and enlightenment.
For one thing ‘evolutionists’ are not using dinosaurs to promote their world view. They are promoting the valid conclusions they have reached, based on solid scientific research that has gathered data, put it through the scientific method and confirmed the veracity of the information.
Also, yet again, the Bible is not a source of anything approaching historical accuracy. It’s a book of fairy tales, nothing less, nothing more, and no amount of religious spin can change the truth, no matter how much money they throw at it!