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Creationist Accidentally Discovers 60 Million Year Old Fossil

29/05/2015 10:05 BST | Updated 29/05/2015 11:59 BST

Edgar Nernberg is a creationist, and he takes this standpoint very seriously. It's why he's on the board of directors for Big Valley’s Creation Science Museum - a Canadian museum which is devoted solely to proving that the Earth is just 6,000 years old. That's right, 6,000.

Imagine Nernberg's dismay then when he accidentally dug up a 60,000,000 year old fish.

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It wasn't just any old 60 million year old fish either, it was a fully intact fossil - something that's considered gold dust to palaeontologists. CBC News reports that Mr Nernberg discovered the fossil while excavating a basement in northwest Calgary.

You'll be pleased to hear that rather than feeling like he'd just been hit by a giant Leedsichthys, Mr Nernberg remains confident on his theology.

Speaking to the Calgary Sun, Nernberg said: “No, it hasn’t changed my mind. We all have the same evidence, and it’s just a matter of how you interpret it, there’s no dates stamped on these things."

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On that point he's absolutely right, there are no dates stamped on it. There are however a number of key scientific methods which can help us show that this piece of sod's law is in fact 60 million years old, not 6,000.

According to the Calgary Sun, Mr Nernberg is actually an avid fossil collector and has been amassing samples to add to the collection at the Creation Science Museum. The Museum's exhibits reportedly show proof that dinosaurs and humans lived together.

Remaining oddly cheerful about the whole thing, Mr Nernberg has donated the fossils to the local university and reportedly laughed when asked how he felt about helping the intellectual enemy.

Paleontologist and assistant professor of geoscience at the University of Calgary, Darla Zelenitsky thanked her theological counterpart saying: “Most people would have overlooked these — when these were uncovered, Edgar right away recognized them,”