We New Yorkers are not timid. We confront. We question.
So, long, long, long ago when my Fifth Grade primary school class traveled from the Bronx to Manhattan to the Museum of Natural History and stood before the skeletal recreation of Tyrannosaurus Rex, it should come as no surprise to anyone when I challenged the tour guide, “Doesn’t this display contradict what we read in The Bible?” (Imagine the chutzpah of that ten year old boy!) The docent gave some inane response and we proceeded on to the diorama of Neanderthal Man.
For some reason, I recalled that museum incident during my stroll through El Bosque Petrificado Puyango (Petrified Forest) in the south of Ecuador. Once again we are confronted with a remarkable natural process: How in the world is organic material transformed into inorganic material – tree trunks to solid rock! And how does a fossil of an ancient sea creature end up a mile high in the mountains?