Monday, October 21, 2013
As reported on Friday by Park City Daily News from a compress discharge by the Kentucky Creation Museum, the bible-based museum has been the beneficiary of a large dinosaur skeleton, which is said to offer even more proof that supports the biblical account of a universal flood. The dinosaur skeleton, donated by the Elizabeth Streb Peroutka Foundation of Maryland, is said to be the remains of a 10 feet tall, 30 feet long, Allosaurus, which is in tremendous order.
The dinosaur skeleton's fresh-looking state, as noted by geologist, Andrew Snelling, "is proof of an enormously hasty funeral which is corroboration of the global calamity of a flood a few thousand years ago".
Evolutionists have long claimed that dinosaurs vanished millions of years ago. Yet, while evolutionists offer a mass of "theories" as to how or why dinosaurs became vanished, to this day, they still have no idea what truly caused their abrupt and calamitous end.
Ken Ham, founder and president of the Creation Museum, added: ";While evolutionists use dinosaurs more than everything to endorse their worldview, particularly to young students, our museum uses dinosaurs to help tell the account of history according to the Bible. This extraordinary allosaur is a great addition to our dinosaur exhibits. It's been a enjoyment to work with the Peroutka Foundation, which wants to use this great fossil in a God-honoring way."
But, as the Park City Daily News reported, not each person was thrilled about the liberal gift. Dan Phelps, who is president of the Kentucky Paleontological Society, attacked the scientific reliability of the Creation Museum by claiming that the Creation Museum hasn't done "any scientific research".
Phelps was quoted as saying: "The Creation Museum has asserted the specimen to be evidence of Noah's flood without any actual research."
Unfortunately for Mr. Phelps, Dr. Andrew Snelling, in this following video, "Origins: The Worldwide Flood - Geologic Evidences", offers a very evidence-based, scientific explanation supporting the biblical account of the flood. In addition to this video, is this much longer, much more detailed video "Noah's Flood Washing Away Millions of Years", refuting Dan Phelp's accusations?
Seemingly disgruntled over the Creation Museum's new gift, Dan Phelps took another shot: "Of course, since the Creation Museum doesn't do scientific research, all it really has done is obtaining a nice display trophy." As the Creation Museum explains, however, referring to Dr. Snelling's observation of the skeletal remains:
"As a geologist, Dr. Snelling added that unlike the way most of the Morrison Formation bones had been found scattered and mixed, the intact skeleton of this allosaur is testimony to extremely rapid burial, which is a confirmation of the global catastrophe of a Flood a few thousand years ago."
Friday, October 4, 2013
Paul McCarthy, a professor of geology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, said he was shocked at just how many fossils he and his colleagues found. "We found dinosaur footprints by the scores on literally every outcrop we stopped at," he said in a statement. "The tracks were so abundant along the Yukon River that we could find and collect as many as 50 specimens in as little as 10 minutes."
Unlike other dinosaur footprints, many of the fossils discovered in Alaska protruded from the rocks instead of indented inwards. Mark Norell, the head of paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History, said to think of what would happen to your footprints on a wet and sandy beach.
"If there's a big storm and the footprint is covered in clay blown from the hillside, it will cover the footprint," he told ABC News. After it hardens over millions of years, the clay molding ends up capturing what the foot itself looked like. "It's like you're seeing the animal's foot while it was alive."
There are many sites filled with dinosaur fossils in the contiguous United States, but Alaska hasn't been explored quite so thoroughly. "This is the kind of discovery you would have expected in the Lower 48 a hundred years ago," said Pat Druckenmiller, the earth sciences curator at the University Of Alaska Museum of the North. "We found a great diversity of dinosaur types, evidence of an extinct ecosystem we never knew existed."
Norell said it's a little too early to make those kinds of claims. "They're not the most groundbreaking fossils, but they're interesting," he said. "It's important to see how exactly these fossils add to the diversity of the dinosaurs we know of."
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
But don't expect a Tyrannosaurus rex. The display focuses on dinosaurs that evolved in separation in South America, Africa and Madagascar, species new to most North Americans. Visitors will learn how geologic history affected the evolution of dinosaurs during the Mesozoic Era, 250 million to 65 million years ago, and why these southern dinos are different from their northern brethren.
Millions of years ago, the massive landmass of Pangaea broke into Laurasia in the north and Gondwana in the south. As the continents drifted apart, early dinosaurs were separated and evolved independently in different regions.
Among the dinosaurs in the exhibit are the big South American carnivore Giganotosaurus, the nearly 7,000-pound Suchomimus found in what's now the Sahara Desert in Niger, and Cryolophosaurus from Antarctica, who sported a pompadour head crest.
The research of Macalester College professors Ray Rogers and Kristi Curry Rogers is highlighted in a couple of dinosaurs from Madagascar. In the 1990s, while Curry Rogers was a paleontologist at the Science Museum, she discovered a new plant-eating dinosaur that she named Rapetosaurus, after the mischievous Malagasy folklore giant, Rapeto. As an adult, Rapetosaurus may have been up to 60 feet long.
The exhibit also will include video games, hands-on activities and visual technologies to help visitors understand what these creatures might have looked like and how they moved. The 2007 documentary "Dinosaurs Alive!" will run concurrently in the museum theater. It follows fossil hunters in New Mexico and China's Gobi Desert.
St. Paul will be the second stop for "Ultimate Dinosaurs" in the United States, following its current run in Cincinnati. Group and school tickets are on sale now. Individual tickets go on sale this winter.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Dinosaurs are being brought back to life by what some may consider being an unlikely source just outside Eve sham.
Over a number of years Domestic Fowl Trust has established itself as an internationally recognized leading expert in poultry keeping.
But with chickens being the closest living relatives to dinosaurs the new owners are looking to refuge the links between them and their forefathers who walked this planet millions of years ago.
So 13 near life-sized models - built by their very own dinosaur-maker - have taken up residence in a meadow in the grounds of the trust's home on Station Road in the centre of Honeybourne.
And plans are currently being drawn up to create a museum to teach visitors all about Tyrannosaurus Rex and co.
It is part of the ongoing development of the trust into a nature centre by Stratford couple Becky and Nigel Ford who bought it a year ago.
In the ten years prior to that they set up and ran All Things Rural on Red Hill on the A45 between Stratford and Alcester, selling rural goods and breeding pygmy goats and alpacas.
In the past year they have opened All Things Wild, a small rural nature centre in Honeybourne with a host of animals, and are now stepping back in time with the dinosaurs.
Hannah Stokes, a former teacher who was recently appointed to the newly created role as head of education, told us: "Since taking over they have had in their heads a vision and aspiration of creating an educational nature centre.
"They want a centre which educates through nature rather than a theme park, and the plans for the dinosaur museum are the next part of that.
"When they took over the centre had become a bit trodden down and they wanted to change that."
The trust's new owners have also launched experience days for schools and other groups during which they get to learn all about the various animals that live there. They aim to inspire some of them into future careers working with animals.
Building work on the dinosaur museum is expected to start in the next two months.
All Things Wild is open all year round.
Friday, September 6, 2013
"It is certainly the most complete dinosaur we have in Portugal and one of the most complete from the Upper Jurassic in the whole world and this means we can study how dinosaurs evolved and how, in this case, they turned into birds", Mateusz, a researcher at Lourinha museum and Universidad Nova de Lisboa told Lussa News Agency.
The discovery still has to be confirmed in the laboratory and there are expectations it may be a new species, but the paleontologists believes it is a coelurosaur, a group of relatively small carnivorous dinosaurs less than two meters long from 150 million years ago, which are rare in Portugal.
In this year's summer campaign Mateusz came across "a dinosaur with an almost complete skeleton from the shoulders to the hips, with well-preserved ribs and all the articulated bones and even with the area of the knee and a paw".
"It is uncommon in the Upper Jurassic in Lourinha, because normally we discover one or two isolated bones and when we discover more material, it is disarticulated", Mateusz explained, adding that anywhere in the world, the coelurosaurs are rare "we knew their teeth and a few isolated bones".
"So this is the first articulated coelurosaur", he said.