Join the Dinosaur Soft-Tissue Treasure Hunt
“Many Dino Fossils Could Have Soft Tissue Inside,” announced National Geographic in an eye-catching title. Based on the work of Mary Schweitzer, who announced soft tissue in a T. rex bone last year (06/03/2005), a “phenomenon, which was once thought impossible,” the article suggests that many species may have DNA and proteins remaining available for analysis. Half of the fossils Schweitzer has examined revealed features that are “virtually indistinguishable from tissue samples from modern species.” This runs contrary to established concepts about how fossils form and mineralize, but the evidence speaks for itself. Schweitzer teased a reporter with two microscope images of red blood cells: “One of these cells is 65 million years old [sic], and one is about 9 months old. Can anyone tell me which is which?”
OK, the hunt is on. Time to examine dinosaur bones from around the world and analyze this new source of data. “Seek and ye shall find,” one of the subtitles states without referencing Jesus.
These findings need to be correlated with solid research on the fossilization process. This could be a test not only of theories about fossilization and dating methods, but of the willingness of evolutionists to follow the evidence where it leads. Don’t count on it; Peggy Ostrom has already remarked, “we can actually look at the real molecules that existed half a million years ago.” Dr. Epistemology responded, “Well, what do you know.”