Creation Museum Displays 30-Foot Allosaurus Skeleton

May 24, 2014 09:46 AM EDT | Jordan Ecarma

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A 30-foot-long Allosaurus skeleton known as "Ebenezer" was unveiled Saturday as part of a new exhibit at the Kentucky Creation Museum.

Discovered in Colorado about 10 years ago, the fossil was estimated to be 50 percent complete when found, and it now serves as the crown jewel of the new "Facing the Allosaurus" exhibit, The Associated Press reported.

The fearsome Allosaurus weighed several tons and had 53 curving, jagged teeth, according to The Independent. The fossil was previously owned by the Elizabeth Streb Peroutka Foundation, which donated the skeleton to the museum.

A carnivorous dinosaur, the Allosaurus is estimated to have lived around 150 million years ago, roaming North America during the late Jurassic period, according to Mark Clementz, a paleontologist at the University of Wyoming.

The Creation Museum is owned by the Answers in Genesis ministry, which is a proponent of Bible-based scientific theories. While scientists say the dinosaurs died out around 60 million years ago, Creation Museum materials say that the animals perished in a catastrophic flood about 4,300 years ago.

According to museum founder Ken Ham, the Allosaurus exhibit "will help us defend the book of Genesis and expose the scientific problems with evolution," as quoted by the AP.

His hope is that kids will be drawn by the dinosaurs and then learn more about biblical history through the new exhibit.

"Evolutionists use dinosaurs to reach children more than anything to promote their worldview," Ham told the AP. "Our museum uses dinosaurs to help tell their true history according to the Bible."

The Creation Museum and the new exhibit have both drawn fire from the scientific community.

The museum "has decided, without doing research, that the dinosaur fossil is evidence of Noah's flood," Daniel Phelps, president of the Kentucky Paleontological Society, said Thursday in a statement provided to the AP.

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