You're considering along about now that the ONLY TOPIC WE'VE COVERED LATELY is that dang fossil footprint that Alvis Delk sold to Carl Baugh of the Creation Evidence Museum. Why? Because we wrote about it when we read the PR release in the Weatherford paper and we wrote about it again last night when we read an interesting explanation for why it's a fake.
Turns out that Zana Douglas, daughter of Weldon Eakin, and granddaughter of the George Adams family of Glen Rose KNOWS of at least one fake that was buried when she was a little girl; and Bud Kennedy of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram wrote about it.
......a granddaughter from the family that discovered the famous Glen Rose Trackway of fossilized dinosaur footprints says to hold the sermons: It’s probably a fake.
"My grandfather was a very good sculptor," said Zana Douglas, from the Adams family that found many of Glen Rose’s real dinosaur tracks about a century ago.
During the 1930s and the Depression, Glen Rose residents made money by distilling moonshine and selling dinosaur fossils. Each fossil brought $15 to $30. When the supply ran low, George Adams just carved more, some with human footprints thrown in....
"My dad [Weldon Eakin] and my grandfather decided one day — I don’t know if it was to make money, or what — to start carving man tracks alongside the dinosaur tracks," said Douglas, 67 and now living near Houston.
They poured acid to make the fossils look like aged limestone, she said. They showed one "all over town" until they heard that a researcher from the Smithsonian Institution wanted to see the track.
"That worried my grandfather because he didn’t want anybody ever passing it off as real," she said. "So he and Daddy took it out and buried it."
Bud Kennedy says he bets he knows what happened to it.
But that's not the funniest part of the article. David Lines of some christian school in Fannin County is the one that did the photographs.
"My feeling right now is that it’s genuine," he said Friday. But he also said that he has never seen a footprint that looked fake.
He said that he believes that scientists aren’t rushing to see the fossil because of a "wall of silence" in the academic community: "They can’t argue against it, so they just hope it’ll go away."
Right. And I've got some moonshine to sell you, too. As I said initially, running a rock through a catscan at the local Glen Rose Medical Center is NOT taking it to an accredited scientific lab and having it fully examined. Pony up! Surely, for example, the National Science Foundation would love to examine the rock (Just like the Smithsonian wanted to examine that rock long ago before the Adams family got scared and buried it!) . Or perhaps a national science lab that examines fossils like the one at Berkeley. Does it occur to Mr. Lines that the *wall of silence* might be due to polite laughing behind one's hand? It's up to Mr. Baugh to offer to the fossil to an accredited science lab (and a second one, too, for a second opinion) that is nationally recognized for examining fossils, because HE is the one with the burden of proof, particularly since we kNOW there were fakes made during the time of moonshining in Glen Rose. He's the one that has been taking the rock to a dang cat scan machine in Glen Rose INSTEAD OF an accredited lab and trying to pass that off as science. Oh, please.
I am going to write ONE MORE blog post about all this because the issue of this perhaps making it into textbooks deserves a post all of its own.