It’s hard to distinguish two flavors of absurdity, though

This is just odd. From WorldNewsDailyReport, a clickbait fake news site (hence no link), comes a story a lot of people are repeating.

Petersburg, KY | A leading paleontologist claims he has found evidence linking homosexuality and the extinction of the dinosaurs.

Anthony Othman, a renowned paleontologist and leading curator at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky, firmly believes homosexuality, and not an asteroid colliding with Earth as is commonly believed, was the main cause of the disappearance of the dinosaurs more than 66 million years ago.

His evidence? He claims to have found a group of velociraptors that are all male, and to have selected for homosexuality in iguanas and found they lost all interest in heterosexuality in 3 or 4 generations. All made-up nonsense.

But here’s what I found odd. There are no leading paleontologists working at the Creation “Museum”. There is no one named Anthony Othman working there. The picture at the top of the page is this one, on the left; the one on the right is a photo of creationist Mark Armitage:

So even Answers in Genesis is targeted by fake news!

Also obviously fake because no AiG spokesperson would say the dinosaurs lived 66 million years ago (the Earth is less than ten thousand years old, silly), and while they might hate homosexuality as much as this imaginary guy, they know the dinosaurs disappeared in The Flood, except for the few that were on the big wooden boat, who went extinct when medieval knights hunted them down.


  1. John Harshman says

    And just how would anyone “select for homosexuality”? Pick the lizards that only mated with their own sex to make up the next generation? Not much of an F2 generation, if so.

    Of course there are parthenogenetic lizard species in which the females mate with other females of the same species, which functions purely as a behavioral mechanism to get the hormones going for ovulation. Could they be thinking of that? But those lizards don’t have any trouble reproducing. Curious.

  2. cartomancer says

    Perhaps he was influenced by detailed recent studies of dinosaur mating behaviour published by the eminent Professor C. Tingle of the University of Amazon?

  3. cartomancer says

    On the other hand, in the gay world you’re considered a veritable dinosaur once you hit your thirties – there could be something to this…

  4. blf says

    And just how would anyone “select for homosexuality”?

    Get a bunch of Teh Gay and only allow the lizards they like to mate?

    Actually, being serious for a moment, I suppose you could do something like that only allowing the lizards who show an apparent preference for the same sex to mate with the opposite sex. Which moves the goalposts, How do you measure “an apparent preference for the same sex”?

  5. busterggi says

    The dinosaurs at my feeders this morning didn’t look particularly gay – they also didn’t look extinct.

  6. Le Chifforobe says

    they know the dinosaurs disappeared in The Flood, except for the few that were on the big wooden boat, who went extinct when medieval knights hunted them down.

    Please tell me that the Big Gay Wooden Box has a life-size diorama or painting of this hunt!
    It might be worth the price of admission just to ROFL at this.

  7. azpaul3 says

    except for the few that were on the big wooden boat,

    Isn’t that the “big wooden gay boat”,or has AiG done away with the rainbow motif? Would seem more appropriate now to keep it since they’re were gay dinos on the thing.

  8. davidnangle says

    Le Chifforobe, #7,

    SyFy movie of the week! King Arthur vs. The Same T-Rex and Raptor 3D Models We’ve Been Using All Along!

  9. richardemmanuel says

    All the evidence you need is in the song from the documentary ‘The Flintstones’.

  10. emergence says

    Remember that this is a guy who thinks that he found impossibly intact dinosaur cells in a horribly preserved bone that was heavily contaminated with the remains of soil-dwelling organisms, and his main evidence is that the cells possess structures like filopodia that are also possessed by soil microorganisms. I wouldn’t be in the least bit surprised if he thinks the dinosaurs that were on the ark went extinct because they all turned gay.

    Also, this serves as another good example of what fake news actually is; a complete hoax put out by a website that’s been mocked up to look like a news site. Trump and the rest of the right wing noise machine should learn what the term actually means.

  11. Timberwoof says

    None of these lorgical thort processors matter because deep in their hort of horts, these people know all this to be true. And the contertiction between AIG saying the dinosaurs died in the Flood and WorldNewsDailyReport is just your opinion.
    I also offer free snark-detector recollarbrations.

  12. pita says

    You heard it here first fam, dinosaurs belong to the gays now. The T-Rex from Jurassic Park is a lesbian and you can’t convince me otherwise.

  13. Owlmirror says

    The T-Rex from Jurassic Park is a lesbian

    O. M. G.
    And the whole point of Jurassic Park was that the dinosaurs developed spontaneous parthenogenesis . . . just like the whiptail lizards referred to in comment #1!!!

    It all fits! Big Gay Parthenogenic Dinosaurs in the Big Gay Wooden Box . . . !!

  14. some bastard on the internet says

    Owlmirror #17

    Correction, the dinos in Jurassic Park developed the ability to switch their sex in order to reproduce.

    In other words, they were transgender dinosaurs!