The Creation Museum in northern Kentucky will exhibit a dinosaur skeleton it claims will prove the biblical account of creation.
The museum operated by the Answers in Genesis ministry will unveil Saturday the Allosaurus fragilis skeleton, which it claims has one of the six or seven best-preserved skulls of its kind in the world.
The skeleton “stands out for a few major reasons,” said Answers in Genesis geologist Andrew Snelling.
More than half of the 10-foot-tall, 30-foot-long dinosaur’s bones were found, and they were arranged in their correct anatomical positions, rather than scattered – which is frequently the case.
All of its neck and tail vertebrae were found, as well as 97 percent of its skull, Snelling said.
The intact skeleton suggests rapid burial, which Snelling said was “confirmation of the global catastrophe of a Flood a few thousand years ago.”
Young-earth creationists believe worldwide catastrophic flooding 4,500 years ago wiped out all land animals – including dinosaurs – that did not board Noah’s ark.
Ken Ham, president and founder of the Creation Museum and Answers in Genesis, has argued that only about 50 species of dinosaurs existed – far fewer than scientists believe – and they all were taken aboard the ark.
“There are certainly hundreds of dinosaur names, but many of these were given to just a bit of bone or skeletons of the same dinosaur found in other countries,” Ham said. “It is also reasonable to assume that different sizes, varieties, and sexes of the same kind of dinosaur have ended up with different names. For example, look at the many different varieties and sizes of dogs, but they are all the same kind -- the dog kind!”
Ham said the flood created the fossil layers found today, and he said the few remaining dinosaurs died out due to overhunting or competition for scarce resources in the postdiluvian world.
The skeleton, which is nicknamed “Ebenezer,” was donated to the Creation Museum by the pro-life Elizabeth Streb Peroutka Foundation.
“(This) fulfills a dream I’ve had for quite some time,” Ham said. “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.”
[Image: Allosaurus-crane via Wikipedia]