Had to laugh when I read this article, which I saw first in the Weatherford Democrat by David May of the "Lone Star News Group" because the entire article sounded like a PR stunt from the latter. Before I started reading, I looked to see who the fool David May was and found that, although unattributed in the Weatherford paper, he is editor of the Mineral Wells Index paper.
Anyway, so here's the gist. This man went out on the property that apparently is up the road from the Creation Evidence Museum in Glen Rose, Texas (Mr Robert McFall's property is on the Paluxy River). He did a dig and found a rock that he thought had a dinosaur track on it. In November of 2007 he had a fall and incurred some serious medical bills.
A domestic fall from a ladder eight months ago nearly crippled Delk, resulting in surgeries, a long recovery and expensive medical bills. He decided to try and sell some of his archeological treasurers, so he turned to the large piece of limestone, thinking he could clean it up some and sell it to the Creation Evidence Museum located adjacent to Dinosaur Valley State Park near Glen Rose.
Two months ago – about the third week of May – Delk said he grabbed a 4-inch brush and began lightly brushing away sediments and deposits from the stone when he noticed something. He began to see another print develop – that of a human – partially beneath the dinosaur print.
So what did he do? SOLD it to Carl Baugh of the Creation Evidence Museum.
Mr Baugh says on his website
The fossil was transported to a professional laboratory where 800 X-rays were performed in a CT Scan procedure. Laboratory technicians verified compression and distribution features clearly seen in both prints, human and dinosaur. This removes any possibility that the prints were carved or altered.
Let's see. Where did he take it? To a science lab? Nope. To the Glen Rose Medical Center.
He took it to a medical lab at Glen Rose Medical Center where he said 800 X-rays were performed in a CT scan procedure.
Baugh said the scans prove the impressions are real and could not have been carved or etched into the stone.
“The compression lines, the density features do show, and there is no way to fake that,” he said. “It is possible to carve a track in limestone. But there is no way to compress the material in the rock under the track. That is absolutely impossible. That’s why the CAT scans are so important.”
If the man could pay for EIGHT HUNDRED CAT SCANS at the local medical center, he can't cough up the money to send it to an actual SCIENTIFIC LAB????? Heh.
Delk's own daughter is, um, skeptical, as she should be.
Delk’s own daughter, Kristi Delk, is a geology major at Tarleton State University in Stephenville and holds different beliefs from her dad about the creation of Earth and the origins of man.
She said she wants to see data from more tests before jumping to any conclusions.
“I haven’t come to terms with it,” she said. “I am skeptical, actually.”
A couple of the other people quoted in the article appear to be proponents already of the Creation Evidence stuff and I fhink it's interesting that Mr Baugh's quotes from scientific sources about what would happen if there really WERE human footprints with dinosaur footprints almost make it appear like those sources ACTUALLY EXAMINED Mr. DELK's ROCK. But of course they didn't.
The Baugh/McFall Sites. In the late 1960's and 1970's one trail on this ledge was considered human by some workers, but later acknowledged by other creationists to consist of eroded, elongate dinosaur tracks. Since 1982 several other sites along this ledge have been excavated by Carl Baugh and associates, who claimed many other "man tracks" there. However, rigorous studies have failed to support such claims. The alleged human tracks on these sites involve several phenomena, including elongate dinosaur tracks and parts thereof; indistinct elongate marks of unknown origin that were not in striding trails; shallow, vague markings in the rock surface or overlying marl; invertebrate trace patterns, and some markings with evidence of deliberate alteration.
The Paluxy River Human footprints.
And here's some of Carl Baugh's outlandish claims. Including one about A Bigfoot track which was bunk.
Look. It's summer. People are coming to Glen Rose for all kinds of fun things. Two other fun things are right down the road from Baugh-The Dinosaur Valley State Park and the new Dinosaur World. Let me be a cynic and say that an enterprising Glen Rose business might want to get some of those tourist dollars too. But that doesn't make what all this is scientific... or true... or proven. Putting it another way, if Baugh truly wanted to investigate whether these tracks were genuine, he'd take them to a variety of neutral, independent scientific labs and not to the catscan machine at the local medical center.