Ken Ham and the Magic Fossil

A month ago we wrote ICR: A Dinosaur Fossil Proves the Flood., about the reaction of the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) to an article in National Geographic describing a well-preserved dinosaur fossil found in Canada. Unsurprisingly, ICR claimed that it was proof of the Flood. We remarked:

If the global Flood described in the bible were a real and recent event, then why is this nodosaur unique? Fossils this well preserved should be found all the time, all over the world. Silly question, really. One fossil is enough — according to Creationist Scientific Method.

And of course you’re familiar with the Creationist Scientific Method:

1. Select a conclusion which you hope is true.
2. Find one piece of evidence that possibly might fit.
3. Ignore all other evidence.
4. That’s it.

Today we have a reaction to the same fossil discovery from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. It’s titled An Astonishingly Well-Preserved Dinosaur: Evidence for the Flood? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

Many of our supporters have been asking about a recent article by National Geographic magazine. This article features breathtaking photos of a fossil of an incredibly life-like armored dinosaur (called a nodosaur). The photos are absolutely beautiful — the nodosaur looks as if it were a statue or frozen in time. What process or event could preserve a creature that well? (Hint: the Bible gives us the answer!)

We’re all grateful to Hambo for that helpful hint. Then he tells us:

One expert said this specimen was so well preserved it “might have been walking around a couple of weeks ago. . . . I’ve never seen anything like this.” But how did it get to be so remarkably well preserved? [That bold font is in Hambo’s post.] According to the National Geographic article, 110 million years ago something like this happened:

[Hambo quotes National Geographic:] One unlucky day this landlubbing animal ended up dead in a river, possibly swept in by a flood. The belly-up carcass wended its way downriver — kept afloat by gases that bacteria belched into its body cavity — and eventually washed out into the seaway. . . . Winds blew the carcass eastward, and after a week or so afloat, the bloated carcass burst. The body sank back-first onto the ocean floor, kicking up soupy mud that engulfed it. Minerals infiltrated the skin and armor and cradled its back, ensuring that the dead nodosaur would keep its true-to-life form as eons’ worth of rock piled atop it.

As with ICR, Hambo dismisses the researcher’s opinion. He says:

Is this rather unbelievable story really the best way to understand this find? Well, when we turn to God’s Word — which records the true history of the universe — we see a much more plausible explanation.

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] The bible tells tells us the true history of the universe. Hambo informs us:

As the floodwaters of the global Flood of Noah’s day (just 4,350 years ago) rose, organisms were rapidly buried in sediment layers. This dinosaur didn’t have to wash down a river into an ocean — it was overwhelmed by floodwaters and rapidly buried, cutting it off from scavengers, oxygen, and microbes before they had a chance to decompose the creature.

Aha! That explains why all dinosaur fossils are as well preserved as this one. Hambo continues:

The Flood of Noah’s day provides the perfect framework for understanding remarkable fossils like this nodosaur. When we start with the Bible’s history, what we see in the world makes sense.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Yes, everything we see makes perfect sense when we start with bible history — assuming we don’t see too much.

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12 responses to “Ken Ham and the Magic Fossil

  1. siluriantrilobite

    Did you notice he had to photograph the magazine story for his blog? I sent the link to National Geographic and asked if Ham had violated copyright.

  2. Ham’s answer applies to this fossil dinosaur, but apparently not most of the others. Such a miracle! Perhaps equal to the absence of mammalian fossils in dinosaur beds. They must have washed separately. Perfect creationist scientific method.

  3. Hint: the Bible gives us the answer!

    Gosh, Ken, thanks, there I feared for a moment I’d have to read Lord of the Rings to find out.

  4. On the one hand, we have an explanation consisting of a series of ordinary events, on the other hand we have a supernaturally generated world-wide superflood. Ham sees the second as the “much more plausible explanation.”

    There must be a word for this sort of nonlogic, which is the exact opposite of Occam’s razor. Hamishness?

  5. Well, when we turn to God’s Word—which records the true history of the universe—we see a much more plausible explanation. As the floodwaters of the global Flood of Noah’s day (just 4,350 years ago) rose, organisms were rapidly buried in sediment layers. This dinosaur didn’t have to wash down a river into an ocean—it was overwhelmed by floodwaters and rapidly buried, cutting it off from scavengers, oxygen, and microbes before they had a chance to decompose the creature.
    I notice that there is no Bible citation: book, chapter and verse.
    I don’t think that there is anything in the Bible about “ organisms were rapidly buried in sediment layers“, “scavengers, oxygen, and microbes“.
    Where does he get that from – was he there?

  6. Eric Lipps

    Of course it’s all just inference, based on the Hamster’s pre-existing belief that the Flood must have happened because, gawrsh, it’s right there in the Bible!

    So much for “observational science.”

  7. Ham-conman is SOoooo predictable. Everything after “Well,…” is just utter bull****.

  8. Derek Freyberg

    @Ed:
    “Ham’s shovel” – suitable for – well, you can guess, and I don’t want to risk the Curmudgeon’s wrath by spelling it out.

  9. davidambrose

    Derek,
    Well, old Hambo sure does pile his stuff on very thick. Might be he is using a good old fashioned snow shovel.

  10. Holding The Line In Florida

    Snow shovel? The boy is using a backhoe!

  11. Michael Fugate

    Ham is channelling his inner “Mike Mulligan” – he can dig as much in a day as one hundred men can dig in a week…

  12. Hmm. All this talk about what Ham is using snow shovels and backhoes on makes me wonder — how in the world would Ham explain thoroughly mineralized dinosaur coprolites? Really bad case of stegosaur constipation?

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