Hambo on Birds, Dinosaurs, and More

We found an ark-load of creationism in one little post from from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. The title is Fossil Bird Uncovered with Unlaid Egg Inside, and it’s at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), Hambo’s creationist ministry. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

After examining a fossil left in a box in storage for ten years, scientists made a surprising discovery — this fossilized bird, found in lower Cretaceous sediment, was preserved with her unlaid egg still inside her. There was also evidence of medullary bone, “a calcium-bearing tissue that aids in eggshell formation.” This is strong support for the idea that so-called ancient birds (this one dated at a supposed 110 million years) created and laid eggs in a similar fashion to today’s birds.

“So-called” ancient birds, and a “supposed” 110 million years. A slow beginning, but it quickly gets better. Hambo says:

The scientific paper [You can read it on-line:] An Early Cretaceous enantiornithine (Aves) preserving an unlaid egg and probable medullary bone] on this find, published in Nature Communications, is unequivocally reporting on a true bird. The researchers know it’s a bird, and all the popular summaries of the research mention that it’s a bird. [Okay, okay, it’s a bird!] Yet the scientific paper refers to an evolutionary link that dinosaurs allegedly have with birds, from the beginning of the paper right through to the end, with phrases such as: [examples omitted].

Then he scoffs at the silly scientists:

Evolutionists are so committed to their blind-faith belief [Hee hee!] that birds are dinosaurs because of a supposed shared evolutionary ancestry that a discussion of an actual bird laying a bird’s egg somehow tells us about dinosaur reproduction. This is a totally ridiculous leap!

Good, huh? He continues:

Birds aren’t dinosaurs. [Right!] They were created on day five of creation week, while land animals (including what we today call dinosaurs) were created on day six.

That settles it! Case closed! But Hambo goes on:

This exciting fossil find tells us nothing about dinosaur evolution, though it does show that birds in the past reproduced the same way as birds in the present.

At this point you’re probably expecting Hambo’s post to start winding down — but he makes a sudden shift and brings up even more creationism. Here it comes:

The discovery also points to rapid burial. [That’s a hint.] This bird died, possibly because of an often-fatal condition usually caused by extreme stress, known as “egg binding” (the egg inside this bird was malformed), and was quickly buried before scavengers or microbes could break the bird down. The body was probably buried during the global flood of Noah’s time — and perhaps the stress that caused the egg binding was the rising floodwaters that eventually buried her.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! You didn’t see that coming, did you? This was one of Hambo’s best.

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15 responses to “Hambo on Birds, Dinosaurs, and More

  1. Steve Gerrard

    Saw it coming. “The body was probably buried during the global flood of Noah’s time” is the go to line for every fossil ever, if you live in Ham’s world.

  2. Steve Gerrard says: “the go to line for every fossil ever”

    Yeah, you’re right. I don’t know why I wasn’t expecting it.

  3. Sour Ham is in another pretzel twist making up new excuses for why his young earth stories don’t fit, Sheer insanity, but fun.

  4. Michael Fugate

    Last time I looked dinosaurs laid eggs. Dinosaurs and even pterosaurs had medullary bone. Ancestral characters are not useful for defining a clade.
    https://www.nature.com/articles/srep06253

  5. Dave Luckett

    Michael Fugate, that is reasonable. It is rational. Of course ancestral characters are not useful for defining a clade. Of course an unlaid egg or a medullary bone is not evidence that birds were created by fiat. The only way to sell such a fraud is to take advantage of the ignorance and credulity of the intended audience – and that’s what Ham is doing. It’s possible, even probable, that he is aware of the massive logical disconnect that he’s trying to sell. How can he regard an egg-bound bird as evidence for a global flood? It simply doesn’t follow, not even remotely.

    Fossilisation itself requires fairly rapid burial, true, but in sediment deposited over the body gently, without turbulence – not the massive disruption and mighty flows of such an event. Ham even affects to believe that this Flood reshaped the continents entirely, scouring out the present ocean basins to provide a place for the waters to drain to, resculpting the entire planet. This is obviously, patently at odds with the vast numbers of fossils found in sedimentary levels everywhere. But it simply doesn’t matter to a mind for which evidence doesn’t actually exist except as a sort of rhetorical device, an accompaniment to a sales patter.

    Scientific claims as sales patter. The closest parallel I can think of is the phony secret ingredient in patent medicine advertising – you know, “Try NEW Denturine, now with Albaphenyle whitener!” That’s what Ham is up to, here. “Try NEW Creationism, now with fossil evidence!” Only the fossil evidence, like the breakthrough in dental care, doesn’t actually meet the claims made for it – if it exists at all.

  6. And Ol’Hambo of course is so committed to his blind-faith belief that he is human because of a supposed shared non-evolutionary ancestry that he refused to entertain the possibility that he’s not human, but an alien. Just look at all the missing links in his genealogy!

  7. If they ever find a fossil charred to the bone… “Clearly suddenly buried when the rains were falling”.

  8. Dave Luckett, I have no idea why your comment was delayed.

  9. @Draken
    How about finding fossilized traces of raindrops “clearly suddenly buried when the rains were falling”.

    I find those more fascinating, in their way, than coproliths or fossilized leaves.

  10. Michael Fugate

    Not your grandmother’s Bible, but a new Bible verified by “Science”*.
    *this product has not been approved by any science or religious organization – any claims for how the heavens go or how to get to heaven are subject to verification. Please consume at your own risk.

  11. “Please consume at your own risk.”

    Leave brain outside the door before entering the room. Any attempt to violate this requirement usually causes recurrent psychotic episodes.

  12. @FrankB
    Thaks! This may turn out to be someting big!
    The research will appear in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences for April 1. I don;t have the details.
    Meanwhile, there is an extended article In The New Yorker, April 8, 2019 issue, which appears to have more than will appear in the PNAS.
    “The Day the Dinosaurs Died”, by Douiglas Preston
    One can get a few free articles from the New Yorker onliine
    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/04/08/the-day-the-dinosaurs-died

  13. Steve Gerrard

    Yes, the new discovery will be big fun. Tiny glass beads that penetrated fish and amber on charred logs, among other things. Also part of Ken Ham’s version of Noah’s flood, of course.
    https://news.berkeley.edu/2019/03/29/66-million-year-old-deathbed-linked-to-dinosaur-killing-meteor/

  14. Those glass beads (“tektites”) are
    from the Firmament!