The Paluxy river controversy began around 1982 with Dr. Baugh’s discovery of a human footprint 17″ from a dinosaur track on the McFall property after excavating the overburden. The Dallas Fort Worth Star ran several articles one titled “Tracks Step on Evolution”. Dr. Baugh was contacted by the three major national news TV stations, ABC, CBS, and NBC for an interview. Dr. Baugh was promised a TV interview but it never materialized. However a national radio interview was carried out and aired with ABC. Additionally, reverend Stanley Taylor’s film “Footprints in Stone” was made in 1972 and continued to be circulated around the US.
All the publicity of Glen Rose finally got the attention of atheist groups and individuals. Several teams came down to see the tracks. A very young Richard Dawkins even showed up in the town of Glen Rose to belittle the so called “human footprints” in a documentary that was shown on NOVA. But the biggest antagonist of the human tracks was a computer programmer named Glen J Kuban who was living in Ohio at the time. If one Googles “Paluxy River tracks” Kuban’s website is one of the first of many to come up to debunk the tracks and discredit Carl Baugh and Don Patton’s credentials. He and Ron Hastings, a science teacher from TX, traveled to Glen Rose and investigated the Paluxy tracks around 1985. They were even included in the documentary which featured Richard Dawkins debunking the “man track” claims. They took pictures, measurements, and gathered data finally concluding that the tracks were a type of dinosaur track called a tridactyl metatarsal track. Kuban pointed out that tridactyl prints were seen in most of the prints in the “Taylor” trail. The atheists cried foul and that the tracks were made by dinosaurs and not human.
Dr. John Morris of the Institute for Creation research got involved and traveled to Glen Rose to examine the tracks more closely. He came to the conclusion that the evidence was not decisive enough to be called human. The pressure was enough to cause Paul Taylor, son of Stanley Taylor and head of Films for Christ, to pull the movie “Footprints in Stone” out of circulation. While it is true that the tridactyl prints in the Taylor trail exist, upon examining these tracks closely it can be seen that, at the time the prints were formed, the human came after the dinosaur, was following them, stepping in, and around the tridactyl prints. This, as it turns out, is even more definitive evidence that man and dinosaurs literally walked together contemporaneously. It makes sense that in deep mud a human would naturally follow the dinosaur trail in order to avoid the drag of stepping in fresh deep mud as one would do when trying to traverse in deep snow. This is supported by the fact that another print along the trail shows the human foot completely on its own stepping outside the dinosaur tracks. Another track shows the human foot partially in and outside the tridactyl tracks.
But there are other tracks in the Glen Rose area that show close similarities to human feet. Mr. Kuban created the idea of “partially infilled tridactyl footprints”. That is that the dinosaurs were walking on their heels and that their toes did not leave very deep imprints. The mud then later collapsed inward forming the footprint that looks nearly human. He also attributes some of the near human footprints to be the result of erosion of tridactyl prints. Kuban, like many evolutionists, was recognized as “humanist of the year” in 1986 for his imaginative thinking. However, any person that has taken a high school math course in geometry should know the difference between symmetry and asymmetry. The metatarsal tracts, after partial mud infilling, should be symmetrical about the vertical axis. If you were to draw a vertical line down the center of a tridactyl print dividing the outline in half, this vertical line would be called the line of symmetry. A print or image is said to be symmetrical if you cut it in half and the mirror image of one half matches the other half. See the Figure 1 below.
You can see that lines of the footprint are not symmetrical about the vertical axis. There is not a mirror image of the outline about the vertical axis. This is called asymmetry. The majority of the human footprints show a clear indication of asymmetry. While most of the prints in the Taylor trail don’t show clear definition of the toes there is a clear outline of asymmetry and a left-right pattern of a bipedal human like creature. Another problem with the eroded tridactyl print theory is that the eroded prints should not show indications of the arch of a human foot. A human foot curves inward where the arch is. A tridactyl foot does not. Here are images of some of the assymetric shapes in the tracks Kuban calls tridactyl prints. We wouldn’t stand firmly on these being definitive human footprints and the AW13 probably was made by a tridactyl dinosaur foot but it could also have been later stepped inside by a human due to the asymmetry in the inner shape. We’ll let the reader make the ultimate decision on these prints as should be done for every print.
One of the best in situ human like prints that were found around the tridactyl prints at the Taylor trail was the -3B. The -3B track was so good that Don Patton began convincing many people during his presentations that dinosaurs and man existed contemporaneously. In August of 1989 Don was giving a presentation in Dayton TN on the Taylor trail. Mr. Kuban and another known atheist were present. Mr. Kuban, according to Mr. Patton and Bob Helfinstein, was visibly disturbed and Mr. Kuban admits to this on his own website claiming it was because of Don’s representation of the evidence. The next day, Sunday, Glen Kuban and Scott Faust, were seen in the Paluxy River by Dorthy McFall with an iron bar and three days later it was discovered that the -3B, the +1, as well as the Ryal’s track were maliciously damaged. Don Patton has taken a lie detector test administered by a certified polygraph technician and has passed regarding the matter of these damaged tracks. For more details on this issue please see the following link:
Interestingly, the Dinosaur Valley State Park brochure mentions the types of tracks found in the park area but the mention of the tridactyl prints are missing from the brochure. If these dinosaurs were common to the area why aren’t their tracks listed on the brochure?
The modus operandi of the evolutionists for the Paluxy human footprints appears to be as follows; if the track in question has been extracted from the river bed then it has been carved. If it is found in situ with dinosaur tracks then it is a dinosaur track and not a human footprint. The idea that man and dinosaur lived contemporaneously is simply unacceptable to them. While George Adams admitted to carving a few tracks to sell to tourists the carved ones can easily be distinguished from the real ones in that the real ones exhibit mud push-up around the print as well as similar weathering in a out of the track. Additionally, it has been determined that at the most only five human tracks were carved and one is in the possession of Carl Baugh in the Creation Evidence Museum. As John Morris states in an article at ICR’s website, “The fact that there are carved prints at Glen Rose only confirms the idea that real ones were found because only the presence of real ones would’ve given people the inspiration to carve the footprints to begin with.”
The national news media, books, magazines, and universities have no problem endorsing evolutionist Mary Leakey’s find of the Laotoli human footprints in volcanic ash from Africa. One of the footprints seen here shows an asymmetric shape with vague toe prints, heel, and arch. But this was acceptable as a human footprint to the evolutionists because there were no dinosaur tracks found nearby. Mary Leakey’s discovery first appeared in a National Geographic Article in April 1979 titled “Footprints in the Ashes of Time,” and can be seen below:
“An anthropological rule of thumb holds that the length of the foot represents about 15 percent of an individual’s height.”—*Mary D. Leakey, “Footprints in the Ashes of Time,” National Geographic, April 1979, p. 453.
The artist that did the painting for the cover of the magazine took the liberty to paint a walking ape like humanoid with ape like feet showing the big toe of the footprint extending out to the side based purely on imagination and not science. This is the length people will go to substantiate the theory of evolution and discredit the Bible. It reminds one of the Bible verse in 2nd Timothy chapter four, “For a time will come when men will not endure sound doctrine but will gather about themselves teachers having itching ears and saying what they want to hear and so they will turn from the truth unto lies.”