This has to be a new level of irony
Ken Ham, an Australian young-Earth creationist, says he is on the verge of proving that dinosaurs and humans coexisted only a couple of thousand years ago.
According to a report on news.com.au, Ham – along with a Dr David Menton – declared that he will soon publish “world-changing” evidence disproving that dinosaurs were present on the earth over 65 million years ago.
“It is understood Mr Ham will claim that a bunch of donated Edmontosaurus bones are only a few thousand years old, based on the fact that they still contain remnants of bone marrow,” the Australian news site said.
Soft tissue has been known to survive in fossils in particular circumstances, and those circumstances are also by now well understood.
Despite this, news.com.au notes, the “young Earth creationists quickly claimed [their] discovery as evidence that dinosaur fossils were not millions of years old after all, while established scientists familiar with the study of these bones say that it showed, instead, a misunderstanding about how decay works”.
Last year, a public debate between Ken Ham and Bill Nye brought the former enough attention and money to commence building his Ark Encounter, a Noah’s Ark and creationism-inspired theme park in Kentucky, which would compliment his existing Creation Museum.
“Ken Ham routinely dismisses findings of palaeontologists, geologists, and other scientists who look at evidence to determine what Earth must have been like before recorded history,” news.com.au explained. “Mr Ham has asserted that scientists cannot claim to have proof of their theories if they weren’t there at the time to observe those theories in action.”
However, the site continues that “in a new post on the pro-creationism website Answers In Genesis, Ken Ham now asserts that Dr David Menton can indeed look at fossilised dinosaur bones and determine things that happened before either of them was born — as long as it supports his own ideas.”