Creationist and professor doesn't believe his own work

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.

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