A Fascinating Look Inside the World’s Most Complete Allosaurus Skull

by Ken Ham
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Last week, we were able to peek inside the skull of our Allosaurus, named Ebenezer, which is on display at the Creation Museum. Our research department contracted with 3D Engineering Solutions in Cincinnati, Ohio, to conduct a CT (computer tomography) scan on this remarkable dinosaur skull—one of the largest and most complete in the world (it’s 97% complete!).

Scan of Allosaur Skull

3D Engineering Solution’s industrial scanner (one of only 5 or 6 like it in the nation) is able to penetrate dense objects such as minerals or metals with a high resolution. These scans allowed us to see the details inside the brain cavity, including the lines where the bones fused together as the creature grew.

AiG’s director of research, Dr. Andrew Snelling, remarked, “This is fascinating to think that these are critters . . . that are very old, and it’s amazing that they have been preserved for us to look at the details today.”

Dr. Andrew Snelling at Allosaur Skull Scan

Dr. Andrew Snelling of AiG and our world-class dinosaur skull.

When I asked the technician to name the most interesting item he had ever scanned, he answered, “Oh, it would definitely have to be the dinosaur (Allosaurus) head.”

Technician Shows Scan of Allosaur Skull

Inspecting the scan of the Allosaurus brain cavity, which showed up pink on the screen

The skull is remarkable because the hyoid bones are still intact. The hyoid bones anchored the allosaur’s muscles of the tongue and larynx, and helped with swallowing and vocalization. These bones are almost never intact in fossils.

Allosaur Skull Scan

A cast of the Allosaurus skull.

Cutting Edge Research

As far as we know, this is the first time that an Allosaurus skull has been scanned, making this cutting-edge research—and it’s being accomplished by creation scientists. The scans are available for researchers to study. Someday we might discover all sorts of new facts about this amazing species, and find ways to help us defend the book of Genesis and expose the scientific problems with evolution.

In these Facebook Live videos, take a look at 3D Engineering Solution’s state-of-the-art equipment, find out how long the scans took, meet the technicians, see what they discovered, and even get a peek inside our T-rex and raptor fossil eggs (also displayed at the Creation Museum).

(Because of a technical issue, we had to film this Facebook Live in two parts. Be sure to watch both videos.)

Ebenezer is at the center of our “Facing the Allosaurus” exhibit at the Creation Museum. Learn more about Ebenezer, and check out our other excellent dinosaur-related exhibits including dinosaur eggs and bones and realistic animatronic models when you visit the Creation Museum.

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This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.

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