This one really had us mystified — at first — but then everything fell into place. It’s at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else.
His post is titled Dinosaur Specimen Collected by Cincinnati Museum Center. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
A news item from close to home (in Cincinnati, just a few miles away from the Creation Museum) caught my eye. Now, I’m used to seeing articles about recent dinosaur finds or analysis of dinosaur fossils in museum collections. But what stood out in this article was that the dinosaur in question was a juvenile sauropod.
So what? Bear with us, dear reader. He says:
According to the article, the dinosaur is most likely a Diplodocus, (or a closely-related sauropod), and there are only eight skulls of this dinosaur currently known, and most are from adults. This juvenile skull is approximately 10 inches (24 cm) long, making it the smallest such skull ever found.
Here’s the news article he’s talking about: Dinosaur specimen collected by Cincinnati Museum Center examined by international paleontologists. At this point we were still wondering why Hambo was promoting an exhibit at a secular museum. Then he devotes a large paragraph to describing the dinosaur skull and estimates of the size of the juvenile specimen: “[T]his particular juvenile might well be under 15 ft. — about the size of an African Elephant.”
Again we wondered: So what? Finally he explains:
Now why am I so interested in this particular dinosaur find? Well, we often get asked questions like, “How did Noah fit dinosaurs on the ark?” and people are surprised when we answer that even the largest dinosaurs started out small and that Noah could have likely taken juvenile (not baby!) animals onto the Ark (and God sent the animals to Noah anyway). But even so, we have been scoffed at by skeptics who imagine that even juvenile sauropods would have been impossibly large, eaten too much, and been too hard to manage. [And extinct for 65 million years.] But this study on one of the potentially largest animals Noah would have taken aboard shows that this is just not the case. Assuming the smaller size of 15 ft. this juvenile dinosaur would have been smaller than most full-grown giraffes.
Oh — it was giraffe-sized. A pair of those, and pairs of other dinosaur “kinds”, would be no problem for Noah, right? Then Hambo releases an ark-load of creationism:
Rather than a fairy-tale ark with the head of the giraffe (and dinosaurs) sticking out, we have shown that the reality is vastly different. There was plenty of space (and headroom) for a giraffe or a Diplodocus (even a large adult) on Noah’s ark, and the ark had more than enough space for food for all of the animals.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! See How Horrible Was Life Aboard Noah’s Ark?, in which we compared the Ark — using scriptural dimensions — to a transatlantic slave ship. Hambo’s creation science lesson continues:
In addition, this study also discovered that at least some juvenile sauropods had more diverse teeth (and more teeth in general) than the adults, and that they likely were able to eat a greater variety of plant material. This means that Noah would have been less likely to have to have needed specialized vegetation for these juveniles. It makes sense for the new world after the Flood that God would probably send mostly juveniles of the land animal kinds.
Yes, it makes sense. Having proven his case beyond any rational doubt, Hambo criticizes the fools who challenge his creation science:
Isn’t this what we have said in many of our articles on this subject? And our exhibits at the Ark Encounter highlight the same thing. People have imagined all kinds of “problems” with the Ark — not enough space, no way Noah could have gathered all the specialized food needed, no way his family could have met the needs of the animals. Yet each time a news story like this comes to light, the skeptics either ignore it or don’t consider that it corroborates what little detail is given us about the ark in Scripture.
Feeling foolish, dear reader? That’s certainly understandable. And now we come to the end:
God wanted Noah’s family and the ark animals to replenish the earth, and he gave Noah the knowledge and ability to do what needed to be done for his family and all the animals. Noah demonstrated his faith in God, by reverently believing God and doing what he instructed [scripture reference].
So there you are. Oh, if you haven’t seen it yet, this humble blog’s most popular article (almost 40,000 page-views) is Top Ten Reasons Noah’s Flood is Mythology.
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