A prominent creationist announced a new explanation for how humans were able to live and hunt with the Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Dr. Joseph Mastropaolo, who a member of the Creation Science Hall of Fame and started a $10,000 wager in 2013 for anyone to disprove the literal reading of Genesis, believes that dinosaurs not only lived with humans, but were also domesticated.
“If we go back a thousand years, we probably had these so-called dragons roaming the earth,”Mastropaolo told Business Insider. “But they couldn’t be called ‘dinosaurs’ because that word hadn’t been invented yet.”
Mastropaolo offered a theory that humans were able to survive alongside dinosaurs like the T-Rex, by outsmarting and using their developed minds to “trick” them.
“Human beings were smarter the further back we go in time because they have been less degenerated by the pollutants that we’ve been putting into the air, water, and soil,” he said. “T. Rex … could be herded into a blind canyon and have rocks dropped on their heads from above. And they’d soon be done in.”
He also went on to suggest that the large carnivore was most likely domesticated the “way we have domesticated cattle and elephants.”
“I can’t imagine that they wouldn’t be able to do it with [a dinosaur],” he said. “We know that animal husbandry goes back thousands of years. Why not? If people found out that there was a dinosaur that they were able to feed and domesticate, why not expect that they used that knowledge to better their standard of living?”
Many Americans — nearly half — believe in the literal interpretation of Genesis and Mastropaolo’s rejection of modern paleontology and the fundamental principals of science. He denies the overwhelming scientific evidence that show radiometric dating techniques to be reliable and grounded in physics.
“You have some historical accounts of who killed the dragon,” Mastropaolo said. “In the book of Job, he talks about Leviathan having a tail like a cedar tree. When you try to make an animal with a tail that big, then you’re in the process of creating something like one of those big dinosaurs in ancient times.”
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