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Claim CC101:

Human and dinosaur footprints have been found together in Cretaceous rocks of the Paluxy Riverbed near Glen Rose, Texas.


Morris, Henry M., 1974. Scientific Creationism, Green Forest, AR: Master Books, p. 122.


  1. The alleged human footprints involve a number of misidentified and spurious phenomena.
  2. Creationists often failed to exercise scientific rigor and due caution in their early Paluxy field work and promotions. Subseqwuently many also mischaracterized or minimized the mainstream work and alalyses which prompted creationist reevaluations of the evidence (Schadewald, 1986; Kuban, 1986c). However, most no longer use the Paluxy tracks among their arguments, and major creationist organizations such as ICR and AIG have advised that the Paluxy tracks not be cited as evidence against evolution. Continuing "man track" claims by a few individuals such as Carl Baugh and Don Patton have not stood up to close scrutiny (Kuban, 1989).


Kuban, Glen J. 1996. The Texas dinosaur/"man track" controversy.

Matson, Dave E. 1994. How good are those young-earth arguments?


  1. Cole, John R. and Laurie R. Godfrey (eds.). 1985. The Paluxy River footprint mystery -- solved. Creation/Evolution 5(1). (special issue devoted to the topic)
  2. Godfrey, L. R., 1985. Foot notes of an anatomist. Creation/Evolution
  3. 5(1): 16-36.
  4. Hastings, Ronnie J., 1987. New observations on Paluxy Tracks confirm their dinosaurian origin. Journal of Geological Education 35(1):
  5. 4-15.
  6. Kuban, Glen, 1986a. Elongate Dinosaur Tracks, In: Gillette, David D. and Martin G. Lockley, eds., Dinosaur Tracks and Traces, 1989, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 57-72.
  7. Kuban, Glen, 1986b. Color distinctions and other curious features of dinosaur tracks near Glen Rose, Texas. In: Gillette and Lockley, 1989, pp. 427-440.
  8. Kuban, Glen. 1986c. Review of ICR Impact Article 151. Origins Research. Spring Summer 1986, 9:1.
  10. Kuban, Glen J., 1989, Retracking Those Incredible Man Tracks, NCSE Reports, Vol. 9, No. 4, Special Section.
  11. Kuban, Glen J. and Gregg Wilkerson, 1989. The Burdick Print, Web article at
  12. Schadewald, Robert J. 1986. Scientific creationism and error. Creation/Evolution 6(1): 1-9,

Further Reading:

Gillette, David D. and Martin G. Lockley (eds.). 1989. Dinosaur Tracks and Traces, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. (technical)

Hastings, Ronnie J. 1986. Tracking those incredible creationists -- the trail continues. Creation/Evolution 6(1): 20-28.

Hastings, Ronnie J. 1988. Rise and fall of the Paluxy mantracks. Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 40(3): 144-155.

Kuban, Glen J. 1986. A summary of the Taylor site evidence. Creation/Evolution 6(1): 11-19.

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Created 2003-4-27
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Modified 2010-Dec-9. GJK, Clarified role of metatarsal impressions and loose carvings