Home-schoolers find intact dinosaur skeleton
Scientist says 22-foot animal likely died during cataclysmic flood
Posted: May 21, 2002
1:00 a.m. Eastern
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A dinosaur fossil expedition for home educators has excavated a
large, rare, intact allosaurus, a discovery that organizers say helps
debunk the theory of evolution.
The fossil measures more than 22 feet in length and 10 feet in
height, with a complete skull more than a yard long. Allosauruses are
believed to be a close relative of the tyrannosaurus rex, differing
from the T-rex primarily in size and cranial capacity.
Under the leadership of Doug Phillips, president of Vision Forum and
an adjunct professor of apologetics with the Institute for Creation
Research, and Peter DeRosa, a veteran archaeologist and
paleontologist with Creation Expeditions, the team of 30 home
schoolers spent a week earlier this month hunting for and excavating
fossils in a privately owned location in the Skullcreek Basin of
Of the 37 allosauruses that have been discovered around the globe,
only 13 have been found with more than 25 percent of the fossilized
remains intact, explained a statement released by Phillips and De
Rosa. Of those 13, just three complete skulls have ever been
recovered. Nearly 70 percent of the Skullcreek allosaurus has already
been found, lending credence to speculation that it may prove to be
the best-preserved and most fully articulated, or connected,
allosaurus yet to be excavated, the statement said.
"Most people do not realize that there is a tremendous paucity of
dinosaur bones available to scientists," said Phillips. "Ninety-five
percent of all the fossils in the world are marine invertebrates; 95
percent of the remaining 5 percent are plants. The vast majority of
the rest of the fossil record are fish and insects. Only a fraction
of a percent of the remaining fossil record includes land
vertebrates, and those finds usually consist of less than one bone.
To find a complete allosaur is simply historic."
DeRosa commented on the possible time of death of the giant animal.
"The evidence strongly points to a relatively recent and catastrophic
event similar to that described in the Bible as the flood of Noah's
day," he said.
"We found a complete section of vertebrae more than 12 feet in
length, which was fully articulated. The dinosaur appears to be in
much the same position as he was at the time of his death and burial,
which must have been virtually instantaneous, and caused by a
catastrophic event. Not only was this fully articulated dinosaur
found lying in a bed of leaves and plant debris, but there is wood
from trees mixed in among the bones, some of which contains petrified
and unpetrified elements in the same piece of wood. If this creature
were millions of years old, the evidence would look quite different."
Phillips contends that the discovery of such a valuable dinosaur by
creation scientists may well send shockwaves through the scientific
"Up to now, a well-funded and insular community of evolutionary
theorists have dominated the field of paleontology, directing most of
the large dinosaur finds to research and museums committed to
interpreting the fossil evidence through the faith-driven assumptions
of evolution," said Phillips. "To have a dinosaur of this size and
significance within the camp of scientists committed to the creation
model is nothing short of a coup d'etat."
The DeRosas, who have a contract on the fossil rights to the property
and own the right to the material they excavate, had been working the
site well in advance of the arrival of the home-school expedition.
Their preliminary work over a period of months led them to believe
that they had an allosaurus, but it was not until the home-schoolers
arrived and performed the heavy lifting of moving a lot of dirt that
evidence was found to validate their suspicions.
Home-school dad finds skull
According to the organizers' statement, the discovery of the
allosaurus skull came at the last moment of the last day of the trip.
With just minutes to go before calling quits on the expedition, Dr.
Bruce Bellamy, a home-school father from Clinton, Mo., broke dirt on
what would prove to be the neck vertebrae leading up to the skull.
"I placed a $250 bounty on anyone who found the skull," Phillips
said. "It was just a small incentive for my team, of course. The
actual skull could be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars."
Last week, DeRosa brought in a fresh team of professional excavators
to remove the skull from the ground for preservation. It is not yet
known when the skull will be available for viewing.
Bellamy, as it turns out, was not the only one to uncover a
last-minute prize. Just yards away, on a second site, 9-year-old
home-schooler Haley Meadows was dusting away dirt with her brush when
she found the claws of a 100-foot sauropod, presently believed to be
of the rare ultrasaurus variety, according to Phillips.
"What is amazing about this sauropod is the fact that it constitutes
an entire hill," Phillips said. "This is an enormous and impressive
creature. Everywhere we dig we seem to be finding more bones, from
six-foot femurs to ribs to vertebrae."
Home educators paid $950 a person to study dinosaurs, learn
excavation techniques and uncover dinosaur bones. The privately owned
area was once described by National Geographic as one of the 50 best
fossil dig sites in the world.
"The home-schoolers on this trip paid for the privilege of shoveling
dirt, hacking at rocks and the possibility that some of them might
uncover dinosaur bones," Phillips said. "Many of our guests came with
minimal expectation, but the dig proved successful beyond the
imagination of both trip sponsors and participants. There is not one
child in a million who gets an opportunity like this. This is what
home education is all about."
Added DeRosa, "The story behind the location of this site is perhaps
the greatest miracle. Through a series of remarkable events, more
than 120 acres fell into the hands of the current owners, a Christian
home-schooling couple committed to biblical creationism."
The owners have been approached by museums, television networks and
leading evolutionists who have expressed a strong interest in the
fossils found on the property.
"I am sure the evolutionists would love to get their hands on these
bones. Who can blame them," Phillips said. "It is like a gold mine
Creation Expeditions, which believes the land may contain dozens of
more fully articulated dinosaurs, hopes to be excavating the site for
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