Is Brontosaurus Real After All?

Post by guest author Josh B.

Like many of you, I grew up learning that Brontosaurus was a real dinosaur. It was in all the books and media and one could even acquire toys of this plant eating behemoth. Then one day in my early teens, I read a book entitled The Great Dinosaur Mystery and the Bible. In this book, by Paul S. Taylor, it talks about how Brontosaurus was completely made up because a paleontologist, named Othniel Marsh, found a skeleton of a sauropod (long-necked dinosaur) missing a head and then found a sauropod skull several miles away that did not have a skeleton. In the late 1800s, when Marsh was digging up dinosaur fossils, there was a lot of pressure to name as many different dinosaurs as possible before the competition did. In a hurry so as not to be outdone, Marsh put the skull and skeleton together, and behold, a new dinosaur species. This book shook my world. Brontosaurus wasn’t real? This book also got me to think about dinosaurs differently in general. Although it is a children’s book, I highly recommend it. It’s a great read and it can even be found in our gift shop from time to time. However, while this trick was true, it turns out that Brontosaurus was real after all. Scientists have discovered, by performing an in-depth study of several fossils, that there are enough differences in a number of them to name one of them Brontosaurus. So while the original Brontosaurus was false, another recently identified sauropod may take on the Brontosaurus name instead. For all of us that loved Brontosaurus, we may no longer have to mourn the loss of this amazing creature that God created on day six of creation week. “Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox. Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly. He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together. His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron. He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him. Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play. He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens. The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about. Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth. He taketh it with his eyes: his nose pierceth through snares.” Job 40:15-24. Was God speaking of Brontosaurus in this passage? None can say for sure, but we do know this was a sauropod of some kind.



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Akron Fossils & Science Center features hands-on tours and science activities that put knowledge directly in your hands. Our exhibits display many fossils from Ohio and around the world. In addition to our guided tours, we offer a wide variety of enriching science programs, all hands-on and designed to make science and learning fun and meaningful. We also look forward to having you enjoy our 2 1/2 acre outdoor adventure park called Truassic Park. Our park features a 9-hole mini golf course, giant slide, and 200 FT ZIP- LINE! At Akron Fossils & Science Center, participants and visitors become more than observers; they become researchers, experimenters, and even educators. Our exhibits and programs let you experience science first-hand and encourage understanding and deep, critical thought. A trip to Akron Fossils & Science Center provides more than something to do for one day; it ignites a passion for learning and exploration that lasts a lifetime.

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