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Dr. Arlton C. Murray, 1912-2006

Dr. Murray

Arlton Murray received a D. Sc. (Doctor of Science) in 1981 from the Sussex College of Technology in London.  

Dr. Murray was born on March 15, 1912 and past away December 9, 2006. He was the President of the Institute for Biblical and Scientific Studies for his last 12 years.



Arlton Murray started working for the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC in 1934. He worked for 27 years as Paleo-Osteological preparatory and field collector, Division of Vertebrate Paleontology. Some of the fossils he helped prepare are still on display. On one expedition he went to Panama to help excavate a giant ground sloth, megatherium.

He served as Exhibits Construction Specialist for the National Parks Service, Branch of the Museum Department of the Interior in Washington DC for 12 years. He helped prepare exhibits of the Indian mounds in Ohio.

He specialized in Archaeological, Paleontological and American Antiquities preparation for three years at the William Penn Museum (now called the Pennsylvania State Museum) in Harrisburg, PA. It is during his time here that he helped excavate and prepare the Marshall’s Creek mastodon. There are pictures of him and the excavation on display at the State Museum.

He was Curator of the Museum of Earth and Life History in Lynchburg, Virginia for four years. During this time he helped excavate an allosaurus.

From the Age of Rocks to the Rock of Ages


While working for the Smithsonian Institute some friends insisted he attend a revival meeting in a little church in Maryland. That day was the turning point in his life. “God reached down and lifted me from the miry clay of evolution to the glorious realm of creation science,” he says, “I now have met the Rock of Ages, and that Rock is Christ Jesus.” In the 1950’s he worked for Billy Graham Films. His story has been featured on the Unshacked radio broadcast and is available in booklet form. He is also featured in chapter one of the book, God’s Own Scientists by Christopher P. Toumey. Dr. Arlton Murray also known as "Mr. Fossil" is available to speak. He has several different slide presentations.

Unschackled! God's Own Scientists

Creation Science

Dr. Arlton Murray has met most of the leaders of the creation science movement. He was with Carl Baugh when he was looking for dinosaur and human prints in the Paluxy River near Glen Rose, Texas. Dr. Murray secretly made a cast of one of the supposed human footprints and took it to an expert who said it was not a human print. For more information see The Paluxy Dinosaur/"Man Track" Controversy. After 75 years of traveling all over the USA and foreign countries to excavate fossils for the Smithsonian and other museums, he has not found one shred of credible evidence that man and dinosaur lived together as young-earth creationists claim. Dr. Murray is very concerned about the wild unsubstantiated claims of young-earth creationists.