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The Fred Flintstone Hoax

By Dawn Huxley
Posted on: 4/20/2002

What once looked like Fred taking Dino out for "walkies" turns out to be a nothing.

Henry Morris’ son, John Morris, once wrote a book about the infamous human and dinosaur footprints running parallel to one another in the Paluxy riverbed in Glen Rose, Texas. That book was called Tracking Those Incredible Dinosaurs and the People Who Knew Them! (Creation Life Publishers, 1980).

Upon closer investigation, scientists discovered that the smaller footprints running beside the larger dinosaur tracks were also made by dinosaurs, albeit smaller ones. They were three-toed reptile tracks, eroded just enough to coarsely resemble “human” footprints. Besides, those smaller footprints were three feet long, revealing an animal who stood over twenty feet tall, but the ICR retorted that they were Nephilim footprints (the “giants” in the days of Noah, Genesis chapter six).

In addition, many well-defined, fossilized human footprints were sold around that site, but scientists quickly saw that those were fakes. During the 1930s, when the dinosaur tracks were first discovered, a bunch of Glen Rose residents sculpted fake footprints and sold them to tourists.

Six years after publication, John Morris acknowledged this dilemma in the ICR’s January 1986 Impact newsletter called “The Paluxy Mystery.” This is significant because the Institute for Creation Research almost never admits to errors.

Yet on February 25, 1996, Charlton Heston hosted a pseudo-documentary called Mysterious Origins of Man that resurrected the Fred Flintstone hoax all over again!

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