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Eric Hovind Lies To Children About Dinosaurs

Eric Hovind has been promoting a fossil dig where children can "discover their own dinosaur" on both his facebook and twitter accounts as well as his website.  The dig is this weekend at the Peace River in Arcadia, Florida. The problem is there are no layers containing dinosaur fossils in that area and children have zero chance of discovering their own dinosaur. It is mainly Ice Age layers with some mammal fossils and a lot of shark's teeth. A permit is required to collect anything but shark's teeth, it takes about 2 weeks to get the permit, and that is not mentioned by Eric or the creationists who are actually leading the trip.

Here's what a legitimate site that books fossil hunting groups has to say about it:

Canoe Outpost

Mammoth image of animal that left fossils on the Peace River in Southwest Florida
"Fossil Hunting on the Peace River is a popular past time. Go to any boat ramp on the upper to middle Peace and you'll see fossil hunters. The best way to find fossils though is to rent a canoe or kayak and work your way down the river. In a canoe or kayak, you can get to fossil spots most can't get to. You can find all types of fossils including shark teeth, mammoth teeth, camel teeth, dolphin teeth, mastodon teeth, you name it. If it once roamed or swam over Florida, you might find a fossilized piece of history. The only thing you won't find are dinosaur fossils."

"Note: permits are only available from the link and take about two weeks to obtain. You do not need a permit if only hunting for shark teeth."

Dinosaurs sell, especially to children! When Eric was politely notified of his error on his facebook page, his response was to delete the comment. His claim that children might discover their own dinosaur remains. Selling a fossil hunting trip for children with the promise they might find their own dinosaur when the chance of that happening is zero is just wrong. If Eric had retracted or changed his claim after being notified of his error, one could believe he had made a mistake based on ignorance of what fossils are found there, but to allow it to remain after being corrected is blatantly dishonest. 

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