Ken Ham on dino-saddle truth of Bible

Ken Ham compromises on dino-saddle truth of Bible

Dinosaurs, Humans Coexist at Creation Museum

Arizona, March 29, 2006 -- A team of creationist paleontologists from the Discovery Institute's main field research arm announced today that they had discovered the remains of a large manmade object confirmed to be an ancient dinosaur saddle.

The Discovery Institute's discovery was discovered in the remote Dusty Rivers area of southwestern Arizona. A spokesman for the paleontological team said that the dinosaur saddle provides irrefutable proof that man and dinosaurs lived simultaneously, as predicted by most creationist or "intelligent design" doctrines.

"I can't tell you how thrilled we all were to stumble upon this groundbreaking historical find," said Dr. K. Firth Booble, leader of the expedition. "We knew there had to be some evidence for man-dinosaur concurrence buried somewhere around here, but didn't think we'd discover it so quickly."

"We were going on the assumption that evidence of man's domestication of certain dinosaurs would have called for large fences, supports for the dinosaur corrals, so that's what we started looking for," said Dr. Booble. "We found a number of poles buried in several feet of sand almost immediately with the help of infrared satellite photos of the area. Then we just started digging, and boom, there it was."

The stunning find, a large saddle Dr. Booble believes would have been used by early man in riding "a Velociraptor, or a small Stegosaurus" is in relatively good condition considering its age, which Dr. Booble estimates to be "between 6,000 and 6,500 years".

"We haven't yet found any human remains in the area, but that's merely a question of time," said Dr. Booble.

"Based on the shape of the saddle, and this wedge that would slot neatly around the upper spikes of the back, I'm quite confident the saddle was intended to be worn by a Stegosaurus," said Dr. Booble.

Stegosaurus would have proven very useful to early man as a feed animal, and could also have been ridden whenever early horses, who were quite fleet of hoof, could not be captured."

Dr. Booble's colleague, Dr. D. Oxy Ribonucleic, offers an alternative view to Dr. Booble's interpretation.

"This saddle is far too narrow to fit across the sweeping shoulders of a Stegosaurus," said Dr. Ribonucleic. "It is far more likely that early man used it when riding the much faster and more versatile Velociraptor. Furthermore, we know Velociraptor was a vegetarian, as can be clearly deduced from its long rows of razor-sharp teeth, perfectly designed for tearing leaves from trees or rooting for truffles and other buried delicacies, and could therefore be domesticated at very low risk."

Drs. Booble and Ribonucleic hope to exhibit the dinosaur saddle at the prestigious Smithsonian Institution as soon as preliminary lab work and cleansing rites have been performed on the specimen.

Dinosaur saddle discovered by Discovery Institute paleontological expedition near Mud Flaps, Arizona

Opponents have tried to belittle and ridicule the Creation Museum is by using a children’s item at the museum that is not an exhibit.

In the book Idiot America–which is now getting considerable press coverage—the author states in the “Introduction”:

The whole group then bustled into the lobby of the building, where they were greeted by the long neck of a huge, herbivorous dinosaur. The kids ran past it and around the corner, where stood another, smaller dinosaur. Which was wearing a saddle. It was an English saddle, hornless and battered. Apparently, this was a dinosaur that performed in dressage competitions and stakes races. Any dinosaur accustomed to the rigors of ranch work and herding other dinosaurs along the dusty trail almost certainly would have worn a sturdy western saddle. This, obviously, was very much a show dinosaur. The dinosaurs were the first things you saw when you entered the Creation Museum, the dream child of an Australian named Ken Ham, who is the founder of Answers in Genesis, the worldwide organization for which the museum is meant to be the headquarters.

Or maybe it’s the pictures of people riding dinosaurs in Ken Ham’s book Dinosaurs of Eden: Tracing the Mystery Through History.

PZ Myers riding the triceratops at The Creation Museum

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