When you visit the Creation Museum, you will have the opportunity to meet Ebenezer, our world-class dinosaur Allosaurus fragilis skeleton. Ebenezer is believed to be one of the six or seven best-preserved Allosaurus skulls ever discovered.
Recently Ken Ham, president and CEO of our parent ministry Answers in Genesis, and Dr. Andrew Snelling, AiG’s director of research, were able to peek inside the skull at 3D Engineering Solutions in Cincinnati, Ohio, to see the results from their CT (computer tomography) scan. Learn more about Ebenezer and this unique opportunity below.
Ebenezer’s entire skeleton is more complete than most dinosaur skeletons that have been found. It’s rare to find a dinosaur skeleton more than 50% complete, but Ebenezer’s was 56% intact with 139 bones recovered from the possible 250.
However, the most remarkable feature is its 97% complete skull with 53 large teeth and the hyoid bones still intact. The hyoid bones are delicate bones that anchor the muscle of the tongue and larynx and help with swallowing and vocalization. They are almost never intact in fossils.
3D Engineering Solution’s industrial scanner (one of only five or six like it in the nation) is able to penetrate dense objects, such as minerals or metals, with a high resolution. These scans showed the details inside the brain cavity, including the lines where the bones fused together as the creature grew.
Check out these remarkable images from Ken Ham and Dr. Andrew Snelling’s visit to 3D Engineering Solutions.
As far as we know, this is the first time that an Allosaurus skull has been scanned, making this cutting-edge research—and it’s being accomplished by creation scientists. The scans are available for researchers to study, so someday we might discover all sorts of new facts about this amazing species, and find ways to help us defend the book of Genesis and expose the scientific problems with evolution.
You can watch Ken Ham’s visit to 3D Engineering Solutions in the two videos below. Take a look at their state-of-the-art equipment, find out how long the scans took, meet the technicians, see what they discovered, and even get a peek inside our T. rex and raptor fossil eggs, which are also on display here at the Creation Museum.
You can find out more about Ebenezer and see the skeleton in our “Facing the Allosaurus” exhibit at the Creation Museum. Let us know what interesting and surprising facts you learned from this exhibit or share your favorite photos of Ebenezer with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.