Where was I? Oh yes, sorry, with all the excitement surrounding Cy it was hard to get back on track. If you have followed along these blogs you may have already figured out what we are doing. Namely sharing with you the genesis of the Lost World Museum. Chronicling the events from the beginning idea through the uncertain years with its slow development from 1989 till today.
We left off at the end of 2004. So let’s move on to the NEW YEAR.
It was late December 2004 and in a creationist newsletter from Australia published what appeared to be a fossil of dinosaur swallowing a human! Such a find and its significance and implications grew steadily. With some investigation I found it was a fake, I was completely fooled. So were many creationists when this faked fossil first appeared on the net April 1, 1999. Disappointed? Yes but instead of despair I asked the inevitable question: WWBD? (What Would Barnum Do?) I decided use this evolutionist prank to make two important points.
1.) Awareness of the possibility of Man and Dino co-existing
2.) Encourage Creationists to be better investigators of the evidence.
Two days before Christmas 2004 we announced that on December 24th we would show the Dinosaur Swallowing Man Fossil. A follow up article on January 1st would tell everything we knew about the dubious fossil. Many evolutionists were unsure where we were going with this one and thought I was going to embarrass myself. Several who knew of the hoax tried to warn people on Bibleland’s forum and on the front pages comments section, which we promptly shut down to prevent anyone from spoiling the fun. On January 1st 2005 we published the whole truth and showed the photos of the faked fossils being buried in a New Mexico desert.
The point we were trying to make with this faked fossil fiasco was a reminder to creationists not to jump too quickly to conclusions as they did for a few days after the April fools joke of 1999. That when we see something that appears to support the creationist conclusions we need to scrutinize it without too quickly making claims that would not hold up. But I can appreciate the creationists desire for such a fossil. Evolution claims that man and dino were 65 millions years apart and most creationists believe dinosaurs and humans walked together before and after the flood, who wouldn’t want a fossil like this in their camp? It would be the holy grail of creationist paleontology. Perhaps someday we will find a fossil like this but until then we need to be brutal with the evidence!
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