Ken Ham's latest pseudo-science: Creation Museum to unveil a dinosaur skeleton as proof of biblical flood

On Saturday, the Creation Museum in Kentucky will display the skeleton of a Allosaurus fragilis

Published May 23, 2014 3:00PM (EDT)

Ken Ham             (AP/Ed Reinke)
Ken Ham (AP/Ed Reinke)

On Saturday, Ken Ham, founder and president of the Creation Museum in Kentucky, will have a longtime dream fulfilled: The museum will display the skeleton of the dinosaur Allosaurus fragilis.

Ham, as you may recall, debated Bill Nye the Science Guy about evolution back in February, and Ham's Answers in Genesis has not been pleased with Neil deGrasse Tyson's "Cosmos," which week after week disproves creationism.

The dinosaur, named Ebenezer, was donated by the Elizabeth Streb Peroutka Foundation (an antiabortion organization), and according to the museum it is one of the best preserved of its kind.

The skeleton will be on display as "a testament to the truths found in God’s Word, and not be used to indoctrinate our kids with belief in evolution," a statement from the museum read. Young-earth creationists reject the scientific fact of evolution, and believe that the earth is 6,000 years old, in accordance with the Bible.

Dr. Andrew Snelling, a geologist who works for the museum and creationist organization Answers in Genesis, calls this skeleton evidence of the biblical flood 4,500 years ago.

According to the museum, he said "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." The dinosaur bones, according to Snelling, were found in their correct anatomical positions.

The Allosaurus fragilis resembles a smaller T. rex, and this particular skeleton, according to the museum, is 30-feet long.

“(This) fulfills a dream I’ve had for quite some time,” Ham said according to Raw Story. “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.”

The museum did not release any information about the radiometric* date of the skeleton, or the geological age of the earth it was buried in. According to other sources, including the National Park Service and Yale, the dinosaur Allosaurus fragilis roamed the earth during the late Jurassic Period, which was around 145 to 155 million years ago.

h/t Raw Story


*An earlier version of this piece labeled it radio-carbon dating, the proper method is radiometric dating.

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