Paleontologists Target Montana Dinosaur Museum [Excerpts]
The Glendive Dinosaur and Fossil Museum, which opened its doors earlier this year, boasts Montana’s second-largest set of displayed dinosaur remains. The record is still held by the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman. Both are located in Montana near a rich cache of world-famous fossils. The Glendive Museum stands apart, however, in that it presents dinosaurs as having been drowned and their remains preserved in the massive worldwide flood described in the Bible. This view has prompted reactionary comments from mainstream scientists.
Widely known dinosaur expert Jack Horner told the Billings Gazette, “It's not a science museum at all. It's not a pseudo-science museum. It's just not science…There's nothing scientific about it.” He also stated, “You can't have a debate about science and opinion.”1 Horner did not specify which artifacts in the museum were not scientific, nor what was unscientific about them.
[Paleontologist] Mary Schweitzer is famous for having proved that some dinosaur fossils from the nearby Hell Creek formation contain soft tissues, including blood cells.2….But Dr. Schweitzer dismissed the museum’s content without any firsthand investigation, stating, “I haven't been to the museum. But I think the whole subject of a creation-based museum combines really bad science and really weak faith….It's a misunderstanding of what is a science to begin with....If you're doing science, you have to play by certain rules. They're trying to rewrite the rules of science and call it science.”3
Significantly, both Schweitzer’s and Horner’s objections appear to be based on philosophical assertions, since no specific scientific finding or claim was addressed…. Instead of weighing the evidence for or against the creation model presented at the Glendive Dinosaur Museum, these paleontologists have resorted to poorly thought-out, ideologically oriented fall-back phrases.
1. Healy, D. Dinosaur museum presents biblical view of origins. Billings Gazette. Posted on billingsgazette.com, October 18, 2009, accessed October 30, 2009.
2. See Thomas, B. 2009. Dinosaur Soft Tissue Issue Is Here to Stay. Acts & Facts. 38 (9): 18.
3. Healy, D. Paleontologists take issue with creation-based museum. Billings Gazette. Posted on billingsgazette.com, October 18, 2009, accessed October 30, 2009.