May 29, 2007
Ross, 30, is an assistant professor of geology at Liberty University, founded by the
Rev. Jerry Falwell, who died May 15. He also is a young-Earth creationist who tells
students he believes the planet is 6,000 years old.
He earned a doctoral degree in geosciences from the University of Rhode Island last
year after completing a dissertation on mosasaurs, a marine reptile that, as he wrote,
vanished at the end of the Cretaceous era 65 million years ago.
David Fastovsky, Ross's dissertation adviser and a professor of geosciences, describes
the 197-page work as "impeccable."
But Ross doesn't think the premise of his own work is true.