Tennessee giants on display from one of the world’s richest deposits of fossilized tapirs, found living today in tropical locations such as Malaysia and Brazil. Tennessee Department of Transportation road crews discovered the Gray fossil site in 2,000 as they widened and rerouted portions of State Highway 75 near Daniel Boone High School. Other finds at the site included red panda, giant ground sloth, rhinoceros, bear, elephant, sabre-toothed cat and alligator.

The 33,000-square-foot display centre, administered by East Tennessee State University, will include a permanent display, classroom, preparation lab, collection storage area and offices for research. The centre was funded by an $8 million USA Federal Transportation grant, and ETSU worked to raise $2 million in matching funds. Evolutionists estimate the age of the Gray fossil site at 4.5 to 7 million years.

Dr. Steven Wallace, associate professor in the ETSU told how two rhinos have been found so far at the Gray site and the second big rhino is another male. It has a bunch of broken ribs that healed funny. The males have these big lower tusks and they fight with each other. I suspect the injury is right under his arm, where he was hit by another rhino. He also has a broken toe. The hoof core and middle toe bone had actually fused together in one massive blob. He must have gotten stomped by something. I thought that was interesting. Wallace anticipates finding more, adding that elephants are also there to be dug up. “I love the stories that they tell,” said Wallace. “When you look at all these pathologies, it turns it into an individual, not just a boring skeleton.”

Editorial Comment: It is however almost boring to say – but what has been found is more geological evidence that climates have changed in the past when man had no cars or factories which can be blamed, and also that creatures have produced their own kind and many have become extinct and many have gotten smaller, which is what you would expect as consistent with Genesis being the real history of the world and not evolution. (Ref. global warming, species, extinction)

29th August 2007