Teaching Creation Thursday ~ Dracorex: A Dragon the Scientists will admit to!


There are thousands of fascinating stories, fables, and pictures of dragons.  Even the book of Job in the Bible describes dragons, but they are assumed by most scientists to be imaginary animals. Cheri Fields posted a blog about a fossil skeleton that has been discovered that once belonged to a real dragon. It has been given the scientific name of Dracorex? The skeleton and a few vertebrae were discovered and scientists tried to reconstruct the parts of the skeleton that couldn’t be found. Take a look at the pictures of Dracorex and a portion of Cheri’s blog. Then decide for yourself if you think he might have been one of the legendary dragons that lived at the same time as Job and other men.


Dracorex: A Dragon the Scientists will admit to!



The other week I was watching a video of Eric Hovind and Paul Taylor from Creation Today visiting the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. Right near the end I saw something that blew my mind. At first I thought it was some kind of joke or mythology-as-science prank from the Museum.

They had a dragon’s skeleton on display in the dinosaur department! How could they allow such a thing in a Museum that claims these creatures died out millions of years ago? Well, they haven’t dropped the millions of years idea, but they did call this thing Dracorex Hogwartsia the “Dragon King from Hogwarts”.

First I’ll give you the statistics I found on this very real, dead animal. Back in 2003 three friends were out digging in the South Dakota section of the famous Hell Creek formation when one of them spotted a large skull sticking out a bit. After they dug it up, still almost covered in rock, they decided to donate it. One guy’s daughter had enjoyed the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, so they sent it there.

The Museum was a great place to give it to because they do fossil cleaning and other restoration work right on site where kids can watch the scientists at work. At first the Museum’s staff wasn’t too excited about their new assignment. They even figured the amateur fossil hounds might be wasting their time with cow bones!

But it wasn’t long before they realized they had a special find on their hands. The first example of any animal we hadn’t yet written up in modern science gets a specific name. It is known is the “Holotype.” This means even if we find better, more complete, or more typical examples, the first one will always be special. This skull of Dracorex is the holotype for its kind.

The ICM example was found with only most of the skull (and one of its lower teeth) along with 4 vertebrae from near but not right next to the skull. You wouldn’t realize that’s all we have from the display at the Museum, because they have recreated a whole skeleton.

Scientists often do this because it’s very rare to find anything like a complete set of bones together. So they use their imaginations and common sense based on other fossils and known animal types. I don’t really mind, it just would have been really cool if they could have found wings for this thing! No, I don’t really believe in four legged dinosaurs with shoulder wings, too, but the idea is fun and makes as much sense as some of the ideas scientists come up with (like feathered dinosaurs).

Psalm 91:13

Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

Isaiah 51:9

Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon?

For more info check out Creation International Ministries: Dracorex—the dinosaur that looks like a dragon.

Be sure to check our Creation Science 4 Kids to finish reading what Cheri has learned about the Dracorex!

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Comment by Cheri A Fields on October 10, 2013 at 3:38pm

Dr. Blake, I did say something about wings (love the idea, but think they probably combined dinos and pterosaurs for the legends), but you can only fit so much into one post. That's why I keep praying for my book to get published. It has direct quotes from secular scientists on fossil formation, what fossils got buried together and way more.

Comment by Joy Ellis on October 10, 2013 at 12:56pm

You're welcome, Cheri!  

Comment by Dr. Derek P. Blake on October 10, 2013 at 12:17pm

No wings though, what a shame (LOL).  However there are dragon traditions all over the world, not ones from millions of years ago but only a few hundred years.  All these traditions have to come from somewhere, and there is at least a grain of truth behind every folk tradition.  Many towns and villages retain names that point to these traditions, such as Dinorben in Wales UK, which means Dragon Hill, or Wormhill, there are many.  And let us not forget that fossils can be created in just a few years, millions not needed.

Comment by Cheri A Fields on October 10, 2013 at 11:27am

Thanks, Joy! This fossil was buried in such a way that Uniformitarians believe it's millions of years old. So, it was already dead long before "St. George" and his gang were ridding the world of the dragon menace. It IS fun to think of a close relative having survived on the ark to fill the world with creatures like this for 1,000s of years.

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