Creation Museum head disputes evolutionary history of horses

lblackford@herald-leader.comApril 28, 2012 

While thousands flocked to the Kentucky Horse Park this weekend for the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, the park was getting less admiring attention from a different quarter.

One of the leaders of the Creation Museum in Petersburg — which supports a young-earth philosophy that decrees men lived alongside dinosaurs — has taken issue with a display at the International Museum of the Horse on the evolution of horses.

Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis, wrote a blog post published Saturday titled "Kentucky Horses Will Lead You Astray," which challenges the validity of a permanent display.

Ham contends the idea of horse evolution is false, and he particularly disputes the line of prehistoric horses that scientists link to the modern horse.

Ham writes that in the display, two early horses, Miohippus and Merychippus, grow steadily bigger.

"What's the problem, though, with the belief that horses somehow evolved into larger and larger animals? If that were true, shouldn't we see only very large horses today? But we don't — horses vary in size from the Clydesdale to the much smaller Fallabella (just 17 inches tall)."

Ham concludes: "This example of a poor, unscientific display at the Horse Park is just another good reason why you need to visit a place that will tell your children the truth — the Creation Museum!"

Bill Cooke, director of the International Museum of the Horse, said the permanent display on evolution and a recent display titled The Horse are based on science espoused by leading scholars and museums around the world, including the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History and the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

"We are extremely conscientious on all of the facts and rely on the best scholarship internationally," Cooke said Saturday.

Answers in Genesis runs the very popular Creation Museum and to build Ark Encounter, a $150 million amusement park in Grant County that will feature a full-scale Noah's Ark and other biblical sights.

Linda Blackford: (859) 231-1359. Twitter: @lblackford.

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