Photos by Andrea Tintori. The small inset box is not in the correct location; it should be under the rail on the far right side. The measuring rod and the fossil itself are visible in the larger photo. The image was taken from discovery.com; this is obviously not Mr. Tintori’s mistake
A small-town cathedral in Italy has raised the bar for “open and accepting” churches.
Parishoners of this church worship in the presence of the dinosaurs. And have been doing so for centuries.
We just stumbled upon this story in last October’s Discovery News. Apparently, Italian scientist Andrea Tintori discovered this fossil in the marble within the Cathedral of St. Ambrose in Vigevano. It’s in the open, out there in front of God and everybody. So far, paleontologists have been unable to uniquely identify the dino’s species, but this is undoubtedly the leftover of a small skull (the measuring stick in the inset image is 10 cm long).
We wonder how many people have noticed this since the building was constructed in the 16th century. What would 16th century people have thought? The mind boggles.
This gets us to thinking, it seems to us that science — on some level — should be taught in churches. Now that would be a movement we could really get behind. We think churches should educate their kids (and adults) about sex; why not let them in on the delights of evolution and cosmology?
Why not invite the dinosaurs to church?
Your thoughts, dear Alert Readers?
P.S. Here’s one delightfully clever thought, posted on FaceBook by Alert Reader Mary Irvine Sweet: “I dunno, Paul. It seems a lot like finding an imprint of Jesus in your toast. Call me a skeptic.”