The Smithsonian Institution is Using a Creation Museum Dinosaur In Its Advertising

The Smithsonian Institution uses the brochure to advertise its IMAX Theaters:

There’s only one problem with that.

We’ve seen that dinosaur somewhere before…

… at the Creation Museum.

And Ken Ham is calling them out on it:

I’m sure the Smithsonian will be horrified when they find out where this photo was taken. (We just alerted officials there about its copyright violation.) Now, AiG/Creation Museum does own the copyright on this dinosaur of ours, and the Smithsonian or its ad agency obtained it from a commercial site that is not licensed to sell this photo. Now, we would be happy to give permission to the Smithsonian to use this photo if they request it, but I’m sure once the word is out that this photo is of a dinosaur at the Creation Museum — well, I wonder what they will do?… Now, we are prepared to offer the Smithsonian a license for free, though it would require our copyright notice near the dinosaurs. Regardless, we are not asking the Smithsonian to throw out all their brochures with our dinosaur on them.

*Sigh*

You win this round, Ham…

Smithsonian people, I know it’s just a picture of a random dinosaur and you would never endorse Creationism garbage, but you’re getting the image from people who wrongly believe dinosaurs lived with people. Don’t take the bait. Don’t give the Creationists what they want, which is any sort of approval of their ideas from the secular world. Just change it.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • GeekGoddess

    Maybe them got them from the same “Dinosaurs R Us” store

  • quarterflash14

    worthy of an online petition. Disgusting that they give legitimacy to a cause that is scientifically illegitimate!

  • nowoo

    You may be giving the Smithsonian a little too much credit when you say “you would never endorse Creationism garbage”, because I seem to recall an incident a few years ago…

    http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg18625033.200-smithsonian-commits-creationism-gaffe.html

  • Veronica Abbass

    Of course dinosaurs did not live with people, but they do now. Creationists are dinosaurs in the sense of the second meaning of the word defined at http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/dinosaur?q=dinosaurs: “a person or thing that is outdated or has become obsolete because of failure to adapt to changing circumstances.”

  • http://northierthanthou.com/ northierthanthou

    ARGH! If you’re going to steal, please steal from scientists.

    • Dan

       Erm… when the Creation Museum opened some atheists flew an aircraft over it trailing a banner reading, “Thou shalt not lie”.  Now you’re saying it’s okay to steal?  Please make up your minds ;)

    • Garylbest

      Actually Answers in Genesis has several Scientists on staff with secular university educations. You should go to thier website and check out their credentials and at least hear their side of the creation/evolution argument. You may be suprised just how scientific their organization is.

  • JohnnieCanuck

    The quote from Ham says it’s a copyright violation because the museum has copyrighted the statue. They make no mention of owning the copyright to the original photograph. Wouldn’t the photographer have the copyright for the image which is a two dimensional representation of the three dimensional object?

    Not that removes the taint of their corruption from the pamphlet. Trash them and make the photo source cover the costs. 

  • KStuey

    It’s hard to tell, but I’m not sure the angle of head in relation to the body is the same.

  • http://dogmabytes.com/ C Peterson

    It remains to be seen if there actually is a copyright violation. I hope we hear from the Smithsonian where they got the image. I sincerely doubt they went to the Creation Museum to get it! Most likely it came from some stock photo collection. Organizations like museums are generally pretty careful to use images that are either in the public domain, or which they’ve obtained rights to. If they purchased it from a stock photo service they’re probably off the hook (the service might have to justify its source, however).

    In addition, it depends on the photography rules that visitors to the Creation Museum agree to. Owning the design of a particular dinosaur model doesn’t automatically mean that every image made of it violates some sort of copyright. If this image was actually produced and distributed by the Dinosaur Museum, they can certainly make a copyright claim. But if it’s an image made by a third party of something that is on public or semi-public display, the legality is likely to be cloudier.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Owossoharpist Sherry Konkus

    What they should’ve done is put in a much more accurate feathered dromaeosaur dinosaur instead of that Jurassic Park rip-off Ham has in his crackhouse. They would’ve avoided the problem if they did that.

  • Marco Conti

    The offending party is istockphoto.com . This picture comes up first when searching for “Dinosaur head”: 
    http://www.istockphoto.com/search/text/dinosaur%20head/source/basic#a4898c8

    I doubt the thumbnail will be there for long since the actual page has been removed and returns a 404.
    I am not a copyright expert, but istockphoto (which I use for work frequently) has pretty bulletproof agreements for the use of their pictures. 

    • Marco Conti

      I just posted the result of my research on this picture and it disappeared. I apologize if it reappears again. Here it is as best as I can remember:

      First, I was curious as to how someone, obviously a pro, was able to go to the creation museum and take a studio quality photo without getting caught. To take the photo, I suppose one needed at least a tripod and maybe a ladder. All things that would have risen suspicion. My guess is that the photo was taken indeed with permission.

      So I traced the photo on istockphoto.com and even though the photo’s page has been taken down, I was able with google to find a reference to the author by using the ID number and I found this:


      Jan 9, 2012 – Download a royalty-free stock photo of Dinosaur Closeup by Glenda Powers(copyright) from iStockphoto.com. 

      Then I found other photos by Glenda Powers and I finally was able to find her istockphoto portfolio: http://www.istockphoto.com/search/portfolio/1065814/?facets=%7B%2225%22%3A%226%22%7D#c04c480
      (Note that she goes by the name McInich, but if you open any photo, you’ll see her name in the copyright).

      Additionally, I found her portfolio at Fotolia as well http://us.fotolia.com/p/200542159 but here it is under the name of Glenda Powers
      Same pictures, but at fotolia the dino head is still available: http://us.fotolia.com/id/38106358

      In looking at both portfolios I realized that there are a good number of religiously themed pictures, as well as many patriotic ones (flags, bibles, preachers and Religious Wooden cubes “Praise God”  http://us.fotolia.com/id/35185625 )

      This tells me that this Glenda Powers may very well have gotten permission from the museum to take the picture and place it on not just one, but at least two stock photo websites.

      Since Glenda is a pro, I find it unlikely that she (or whomever works for her) would go to a museum and take a picture to sell online without securing permission.
      If that’s the case, there is no copyright infringement, which explain the magnanimous attitude of Ken ham.

      In any event, this is the person that would be at fault for selling a copyrighted image should it be indeed illegal.

      • Thin-ice

        Kudos to Marco for the research. I work for a daily newspaper and daily obtain stock photos for use in advertising, and very occasionally make use of public domain photos (from Wikipedia Commons). We are extremely careful with our photo sources, so I’m impressed with Marco’s efforts to burrow down and find this info.

  • Jw Bgbc

    Feathered? How many feathered dinosaurs fossils have ever been found? And where are all of the transitional fossils? I really would like to believe in evolution but the evidence doesn’t support it.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZDWSFDW7RQFH4EEKAK6T7CIP5A DennisW

      What ever you do…don’t google it. Mind blown.

    • Marco Conti

      Hey, thank you for letting us know that you weren’t able to find the evidence. Stupidly we were placing our trust in the thousands of scientists and researchers that instead claim to have warehouses full of transitional fossils, not to mention reams of research that proves evolution without the shade of a doubt.

      As far as the feathered dinosaur, let me help you out since apparently you count sloth as one of your sins:
      http://boingboing.net/2012/07/05/stunning-feathered-dinosaur-fo.html 

      this is the second link I found by searching google. It’s a nice one and even a blind idiot can see the feathers near the neck, so I am sure that someone of your intellectual stature will have no problem at all.

      By the way, we don’t “believe in evolution” the way the faithful believe in god. We look at the evidence. We trust the opinions of those that have studied it all their lives and we take the occasional trip to th natural history museum.
      There is no faith required, just an open mind.

      • Christian

        Transition fossils are not not proof. They are merely evidence of creatures that lived. Without reproducing an experiment there is no science, just faith.

        Besides, under evolution, isn’t everything in a content state of transition? There are no such things as “transitional” creatures since everything is changing

        • allein

          If everything is changing, then it could be said that everything is transitional.

          I love how creationists demand evidence, and then say, “Well that doesn’t prove anything!” when it is provided.

        • http://yetanotheratheist.com/ TerranRich

          We are all transitional creatures. Seriously, “Christian”, learn more about evolution before presuming you can just dismiss it out of hand. Most people who deny the fact of evolution simply don’t understand it well enough. See: pretty much any episode of The Atheist Experience; pretty much any call-in atheist/skepticism podcast.

          Transitional fossils are proof of transition. We have an entire lineage, for example, of skulls ranging from human’s ancestors to humans themselves. It is a smooth transition, all radiometrically dated to show the chronological transition. And all you creationists can say is, “Nuh-uh!”

          • Garylbest

            All of these supposed fossils of human ancestors have been proven false or a hoax, like Lucy, Nebraska Man, Piltdown Man, ect.  There actually is no transitional fossil record to speak of , only speculations of a few bogus fossils. If evolution was true we would have  millions of transitional fossils and there would be no debate . Real science, observational science supports the biblical account of creation, that all things reproduce ”after their kind”, always have, always will. For an ape to evolve into a human would require a ”gain of information”in the DNA, but this has never ever been observed by science, ever, just ask Richard Dawkins. I challenge all evolutionists to search the truth yourself, your faith in evolution is actually blind faith, and not the least bit scientific.

      • Garylbest

        To Marco.
        Look,  if you want to talk science , lets do it.  Science has never observed DNA gaining new information, ever, which is what molecules to man evolution requires. Just ask Richard Dawkins. For an ape to evolve into a human would require new information to be ”added” to the DNA.  Apes have always been apes and humans have always been human as far as we know since man has been on earth .  The fossil record DOES NOT support evolution either. There actually is not a wharehouse full of transitional fossils, only a few speculations and false interpretations of existing fossils.  If evolution was true we would have literally millions of transitional fossils , there would be no debate.  Actually real science supports the biblical account of all creatures reproducing ”after thier kind”, always have, always will. You have been brainwashed to believe in so called scientific evidence that just isnt there.  Both evolution and creation are really ”faith based” in nature, both must be accepted by faith since no one was there to actually see it.  Creationists just happen to believe that there actually was someone there in the beginning, and it was the God of the Bible, so we really do have an eyewitness. And its only logical to think that since we have a universe and earth of precise order and design then it must have a designer. Plus we have a mind capable of understanding this world because of God.  If our minds were just the result of random chemicals evolving by chance over millions of years, then how could we trust that they evolved in the right order to even function correctly? That my friend is truly ”blind faith”.  We Creatonsists just happen to believe that real observational science actually supports the Bible, not  evolution. Creationists and evolutionists all have the same evidence, the same facts, the same rock layers, same fossils, ect. It is the interpretation of those facts and evidences where we differ. The evolutionist starts with the assumption evolution is true, immediatley ruling out any other option, and that is not the correct way to do science.

    • Taocat

      Imagine what paroxysms of joy any religion would have to have a fraction of a percent as much evidence for their faith as there is for evolution. Double-standard mania…. 

    • http://www.zazzle.com/itsjustatheory The Godless Monster

       

      “I really would like to believe in evolution but the evidence doesn’t support it.”

      Why in the fuck would you “like” to believe in evolution? What an idiotic way to attempt to add creditability to your moronic claim that the evidence doesn’t support evolution.
      Put your head back up into your ass and go away.

    • http://yetanotheratheist.com/ TerranRich

       Here:  http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_facts_support_evolution.
      Now shut up and go away.

      • Dan

        Excerpts from your link:

        “humans naturally fit into the ape group”

        Sure, all ape species build languages, cultures and civilisations similar to ours.

        “Vestigial organs… A good example’s
        the human tailbone or coccyx, which serves no function in humans”

        Right, so go land on yours and then go jogging straight after.  No function lost, eh?

        With bloopers like that, which I spotted in seconds, little point in wasting time going through the lot.
         

        • http://yetanotheratheist.com/ TerranRich

          Sure, all ape species build languages, cultures and civilisations similar to ours.

          Who said that as a subspecies of apes, apes have to have the same exact qualities as we do? A tree fits into the plant group, but not all plants produce nuts like many trees do. Learn science.

          Right, so go land on yours and then go jogging straight after. No function lost, eh?

          You do know the difference between “this part serves no inherent
          function” and “if you break it, it won’t harm you at all”, right? And
          you do know which one the article says is the case, right? Having no function itself is not the same thing as not
          inhibiting function when damaged.

          Got any more, or was that all? Please, please learn more about evolution before presuming you know enough to dismiss out of hand.

          • Garylbest

            Actually the tail bone serves a major function, the muscles attach to it!! Vestigal Organs are another evolutionary lie  .  True some organs we can survive without, but thats not proof of evolution, it could be evidence of a grand designer. You have been brainwashed by your humanistic evolution education it sounds like. Look , you can believe what you want, but many things you believe are not true. Dating methods are another.  Many people dont realize dating methods dont ”prove anything” for certain. Many assumptions have to be made when dating methods are involved, like the parent and daughter isotopes, decay rates, leaks or even any catastophic events, if any of these assumptions are incorrectt then the dates are flawed. Lava rocks formed at Mt. St. Helens in 1980 were dated at millions of years when they actually formed quickly right before our eyes. Plus the eruption carved out a small scale grand canyon in a matter of hours, not over millions of years. Polystrate fossils have been found straight up in strata layers supposed to be millions of years old, how can that be?  These are real observational scientific examples i have given, not unproven historical speculations like the theory of evolution. 

            • vexorian

               This is a  typical creationism answer that sounds informed but is blatantly ignoring a key definition.

              No part of theory says that vestigial organs require to serve no function. Most vestigial organs actually do have some sort of use. But that’s not what being a vestigial organ means:

              http://www.talkorigins.org/indexcc/CB/CB360.html

              • Garylbest

                Look,  you can give me all the links you want to websites that supposedly explain how these things support or prove evolution. The fact is I have read most of them, actually I was indoctrinated with this stuff for most of my life through the public school system. Thankfully i was made aware of the ”other side of the argumant” one day and i finally saw how unscientific the theory of evolution actually is. But for all intents and purposes the vestigal organ argument coming from the evolutionists camp meant organs that dont have a use anymore, and the Tailbone was one of them used until it was exposed as nonsense.  The bottom line is never has anything been observed turning into another kind, gaining information, and the fossil record does not support that either, period.  I will debate the science of  this argument all you want, evolution is a belief system about the past just as is creation. The difference is you claim your beief system is scientific and mine is faith based.  Actually they are both faith based and yours is actually not scientific and I am willing to illistrate that with real science. The lies that have been spread around to
                support evolution are being exposed more
                  and more and I think many evolutionists know that.  You can believe it if you want, but scientific it is not, it is your ”religion”.

                • vexorian

                  Look, you can talk about how you read all the links you want. The fact is that without a direct rebuttal to the link I would assume that you are just dismissing it without reading it.


                  When you say something like “”The bottom line is never has anything been observed turning into
                  another kind, gaining information, and the fossil record does not
                  support that either.”" You sound so demanding of evidence. Yet at the same time, you expect us to believe that since we never observed an organ turning into another, then a more plausible explanation is that animals and humans were just generated magically by some sentient being. Even though we never witnessed creation either.

                  Maybe I am ‘indoctrinated’, but somehow evolution sounds a lot more plausible than creation to me. Mostly because the amount of evidence for evolution is greater than zero. While the amount of evidence for creation is… zero.

                  Why don’t you apply the same level of skepticism that you apply to evolution on creationism?

                  We have not witnessed the way an organ converts into another through millions and millions of years of natural selection. But we have no reason to believe it is not possible. Yet we have many reasons to believe it is. As we have observed reproduction and selection of mutations that become a better fit to the environment in the micro level already. We have even observed speciation in action in species as complex as insects. The thing is that there is nothing in evolution that makes organ evolution different than the sort of evolution we have already observed in the microscopic level besides time scale. And we have enough evidence to know that life has really lasted a loong time in earth so that it would be quite plausible.

                • Garylbest

                  Well I appreciate your honesty. And I gave my rebuttal to your vestigal organ link in my other reply. But you admitted that we have never seen any one kind turn into another kind, and that is rare for an evolutionists to admit that, so at least your honest.

                   But you have either intentially or unknowingly used the terms ”natural selection” and ”evolution” interchangibly. These terms are often used by evolutionists to muddy the water. Evolution in the sense ”molecules to man”,  and ”natural selection” are far from the same thing.

                   Creationists do not debate natural selection,  we believe in natural selection. Real science supports NS.  Animals adapt to their environment , no question about that, but what they DONT do is then continue on and turn into another ”kind”, that , like i have said before, would require a gain of information, and that has never happened.  Natural Selection works with existing information, reshuffling,and losing information in some cases, but never is there any new information added that ”evolution” requires. Dogs change, cats change, horses change, monkeys change, but one thing never changes, they NEVER turn into another kind of animal, ever.

                  You said the evidence for evolution is not zero but creation is zero, I disagree but still how is believing your worldview  that ” somthing came from nothing” any more plausable then mine of ”In the beginning God”?  Both are faith based beleif systems about the past as you admmitted earlier since evolution has never been observed.

                • Garylbest

                  We have not witnessed ”evolution” at the micro level either. We have witnessed natural selection, which is the same information in the DNA , not new information.

                  You asked why dont I put creation under the same  level of skepticism as I do evolution.  Well I have. And that is the very reason I do what I do, expose the lies and unscientific support of evolution, while at the same time defend my faith and the Biblical account of history and the origin of man. Creation is faith based,  but I dont belief its a blind faith, creationists like myself simply believe real science actually supports the Bible , not evolution.  On the contrary, you said yourself that even though evolution has never really been observed, and animals and creatures have never been observed to turn into another kind, yet you believe it happened anyway, and that to me is blind faith. Either way we can believe what we want, we are all ”freethinkers” so to speak. But dont call your belief system scientific, because it is not.  However I would like to give you a few examples of how I believe real science supports the Bible in my next reply. 

              • Garylbest

                Charles Darwin first suggested that the appendix was an evolutionary dead-end part of the body that hung around, unused, in humans. These supposedly unused organs have been called “vestigial organs.” That means that evolutionists believe the appendix evolved for some reason but over time was no longer necessary, so it became a “leftover”—not needed.
                Other body parts that have been, or are still considered, “vestigial organs” are: tonsils, the tailbone, wisdom teeth and even goosebumps! Tonsils had been considered useless until science more recently proved that they are an important part of the immune system. Years ago doctors would routinely remove tonsils any time they were inflamed. Eventually, it was discovered that this could actually cause many problems.
                Recent discoveries have also proved that the appendix plays an important part in the body’s health. It aids in digestion and produces antibodies that defend your body against bacteria. Some studies have shown that the appendix has an important role even before a person is born.
                Sadly, many science textbooks still talk about “vestigial organs.” They are very outdated. Even evolutionists now agree that the appendix has a purpose. Charles Darwin was apparently wrong. We should not be surprised that the appendix is important, as it was designed by our wonderful Creator!

                • vexorian

                  We do not accept evolution as fact “because Darwin said so”, but because of evidence. Science is not about authority. So, IF Darwin was wrong about something, it would not make evolution become wrong. We would just update the evolution theory.

                  You are repeating the same thing you said initially. That the appendix/other organ is not useless, therefore it is not vestigial. I already told you. No, vestigial does not mean useless.

                  So please read, http://www.talkorigins.org/indexcc/CB/CB360.html

                  Since you clearly DID not read the URL. I will quote it: [ "They
                  obviously do not have the function that we expect from such parts in
                  other animals, for which creationists say the parts are "designed."
                  ]

                  The fact that science, took so long to find at least one sort of use for those things you mentioned and the uses of those things are so accessory, obscure and not important for function of our bodies, besides of not having the same use you find in ancestor species, makes them match the definition of vestigial organs.

                  It is at least very clear that they would be a very odd design choice for a rational designer.

                • Garylbest

                  Actually I did read it,  one part said ”Examples from biology include leg bones in snakes, eye remnants in blind cave fish”. Leg bones in fish? Thats making the ”assumption” they had legs in order to make the point they have leg bones, thats circular reasoning and is not good science. As for your statement ” We do not accept evolution as fact “because Darwin said so”, but because of evidence”. What evidence? Can you give just one indisputable example?  Then you say ” We would just update the evolution theory”. So first you say it is fact , then you say it is a theory, which is it,  fact or theory?  This whole thing about how we see these so called vestigal organs,or  however you wish to define them,  for now anyway,  depends on our worldview, but the bottom line is they do not prove evolution or creation for that matter. But creationsists say it sure looks like they were designed, although not perfect, because we live in a fallen world because of the curse and things are running down,   but they still appear designed, thats the Biblical world view as to why we have death and suffering . The Bible says that even whole creation groans because of the curse and this is what we see in the real world.

  • vexorian

    I actually think the smithsonian should apologize for this, to the scientific community for making a mistake that could be seen as an endorsement for the creation museum and get a more accurate dinosaur pic.

    • Garylbest

      Actually since we have no evidence as to what the exterior of any dinosaur ”really” looked like, what then is a more accurate picture, according to who?

  • Dan

    “people who wrongly believe dinosaurs lived with people”

    Actually it’s not clear that they do.  There’s a bit of a difference between living “with” people and living “at the same time as” them.

    Whatever, a couple of commenters have pointed out that the dinosaur model should probably rather have been feathered – in which case both museums need to brush up their act ;)

    • Garylbest

      In the real world there is not a lick bit of scientific evidence that birds are decendants of dinosaurs. For that to happen the entire molecular structure of the dinosaur would have to change which would  require a ”gain of information” in the DNA of the dinosaur, this has never ever been observed in real science, just ask Richard Dawkins.  No amount of time is going to change that. There simply is no known mechanisim in the scientific world that can change one” kind ” into a complete other”kind”,period. As for dinosaurs living with people, there sure are alot of legends of large creatures in so many civilizations through history. Cave drawings that mirror each other all the way across the globe. Job in the Bible is reminded of two great creatures , both land and sea.  Just a quick study into the dating methods shows they are full of assumptions and do not ”prove” dinosuars died out 65 million years ago like many evolutionists insist.  Just a few things to consider.