The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, the leading North American scientific and educational organization concerned with vertebrate paleontology, recently released a statement of concern about the newly opened Creation Museum in northern Kentucky. The statement begins:

“Professional paleontologists from around the world are concerned about the misrepresentation of science at the newly opened Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky. The Creation Museum has been marketed to the public as a ‘reasoned, logical defense’ for young-earth creationism by Ken Ham, President and CEO of Answers in Genesis, which runs the Creation Museum. The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, a world-wide scientific and educational organization concerned with vertebrate paleontology, contends that the museum presents visitors with a view of earth history that has been scientifically disprove for over a century.”

“The Creation Museum’s fossil exhibitions, though artistically impressive, include a vast number of scientific errors, large and small. These errors range from implying that the Earth’s sedimentary rocks were deposited by a single biblical Flood, to claiming that humans and dinosaurs lived alongside one another, to denouncing the reality of transitional fossils.”

The statement continues with specific criticisms that detail how the exhibits at the museum “discount the last 150 years of paleontological and geological discovery” and includes comments from a number of the society’s leading paleontologists.

The full statement can be found at: http://www.vertpaleo.org/news/permalinks/2007/07/17/PRESS%2DRELEASE%2D%2D%2DSVP%2Don%2Dthe%2DCreation%2DMuseum/

 


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