Ebenezer, a fossilized skeleton of an Allosaurus, sits at the center of a big new dinosaur exhibit at the Creation Museum. He is, in a way, a coup for the Young Earth Creationists who run the space: a "world class" specimen with a "wow factor" that the museum hopes will underline to its visitors that the dinosaurs roamed the Earth only 4,300 years ago. And they also hope that scientists — the kind who have dated fossils like it to the very un-Biblical number of hundreds of millions of years old — will be inspired to come and study the skeleton, making the Creation Museum the world's most unlikely research institution.
Despite all of the evidence to the contrary, the Creation Museum posits that Ebenezer died in the Great Flood, about 4,300 years ago, based on a couple of things: first, it was found in a layer of sediment that the museum believes was left by Noah's flood. And second, Ebenezer was "rapidly" buried in a way that they believe is also consistent with the flood.
As the Courier-Journal explained, Ebenezer made its way to the Creation Museum through a private donation, after being discovered in northwestern Colorado. The Elizabeth Streb Peroutka Foundation purchased the skeleton and eventually donated it to the museum. Elizabeth Peroutka's son Michael runs the Institute on the Constitution, a conservative group devoted to, among other things, "destroying arguments that are against the knowledge of God." Michael was also the Constitution Party's 2004 presidential candidate. That's him, above left, speaking in front of the skeleton at the exhibition's Friday launch.