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The Kentucky-based Creation Museum has an exhibit on the history of human myths regarding dragons, the implication being that dinosaurs and humans lived at the same time.
Known as the "Dragon Invasion," the exhibit asks visitors if the dragons of folklore found across diverse human cultures were actually dinosaurs.
According to an entry on the Creation Museum's website, the "dazzling new exhibit" includes artwork and quotes from ancient historians from various eras and civilizations.
"Evolutionists struggle to explain the intriguing evidence that people lived at the same time as dinosaurs," reads the entry in part.
"God's Word indicates that dinosaurs and man were created on the same day, so biblical creationists are not surprised to uncover clues that ancient man had indeed seen these beasts."
Located in Petersburg, the Creation Museum is overseen by the creation science organization Answers in Genesis.
Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis, told The Christian Post that the exhibit has been "drawing huge media interest" since its opening earlier this year.
"The AP has a story that is now circulating about our new displays, and we just received a call today from a CNN anchor about the displays," said Ham.
Ham also told CP that there is "strong circumstantial evidence we can study today for dinosaurs having lived during the past few thousand years."
"Our science staff points out that a T. rex bone found in Montana had soft tissue and blood vessels preserved inside," said Ham.
"That kind of preservation is not consistent with these bones being millions of years old, but is consistent with only a few thousand years. "
A position taken by young-earth creationists is the belief that since the earth is only several thousand years old, dinosaurs and mankind must have lived in the time period.
This position has been denounced by many, especially in the mainstream scientific community, as ignoring overwhelming evidence to the contrary in the fossil and geologic records.
Recently, a Christian publication gained headlines for its decision to remove the Loch Ness Monster from its biology textbooks; Nessie was being used as evidence that dinosaurs existed alongside mankind.
The deleted part from Accelerated Christian Education Inc.'s Biology 1099 argued that the monster was an example of "dinosaurs [being] alive today."
"'Nessie' for short has been recorded on sonar from a small submarine, described by eyewitnesses, and photographed by others. Nessie appears to be a plesiosaur," read the deleted passage in part.
Cheryl D. Davis, a biology professor at Western Kentucky University and president of the Kentucky Academy of Science, told The Christian Post that her organization had no issue with the new exhibit.
"The Kentucky Academy of Science has no objections to artistic, literary, or religious expressions regarding dragons or any other mythological figures," said Davis.
"Since these expressions are based on creative imagination rather than scientifically established facts, they fall outside the province of science, and KAS has no position either for or against them."