December 22, 2020 | David F. Coppedge

Evolutionists Gloss Over Implications of Dinosaur Tissue Remains

Dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago, so these delicate remains are at least that old. Move along; nothing to see here.

Finding soft tissue remains in dinosaurs said to have been extinct for 65 million years is equivalent to finding a Precambrian rabbit fossil – maybe even more surprising, since decay rates of tissues are known to be rapid. Why, then, do secular reporters write with a ho-hum attitude about the remarkable preservation of body parts that had such a long time to be decayed, mineralized and crushed?

Stunningly preserved ‘Cretaceous Pompeii’ fossils may not be what they seem (Live Science). We’ve been told for years that the beds of dinosaurs called psittocosaurs were buried in volcanic ash, similar to the bodies buried in Pompeii. Mindy Waisberger relays new research that calls that scenario into question. Elaine Chen of Columbia University found that the minerals encasing the dinosaur bed were much older (in Darwin Years) than the supposed pyroclastic flow. The new theory sounds somewhat Noahic:

However, flowing rivers would be more likely to carry a range of older sediments. And if the dinosaurs were in a burrow that suddenly collapsed around them after flooding, that would have preserved the articulated skeletons in exquisite 3D, Chen said.

So they were buried in mud from a flood. Interesting. At the American Geophysical Union, the speakers acknowledged that the famous Liaoning fossil deposits in China often preserve soft tissue in stunning detail:

The Lujiatun outcropping within that formation is known for its rich deposits of Cretaceous fossils, many of which are preserved in 3D and even retain soft tissue, feathers or coloration, the scientists said at AGU.

Bizarre dinosaur had a mane of fur and rods on its shoulders (New Scientist). Scientists aren’t sure what to think of this weird animal with “fur” on its back and “rods” sticking out of its neck. But they are sure of one thing: despite its delicate soft tissues, it lived 110 million Darwin Years ago.

These structures haven’t been seen before on dinosaurs. “Totally weird!” says Michael Benton at University of Bristol, UK, who wasn’t involved in the study. “The fossil shows amazing preservation of structures other than the skeleton, including decayed remains of the guts and body organs, as well as the feathers and long rod-like structures.

Researchers discover surprising connection between prehistoric dinosaurs and mammals in their teeth (Phys.org). A fossil of a gorgonopsian, a synapsian looking something like a saber-toothed dog, has been found. The discoverers claim it is 250 million years old, much older than the Cretaceous dinosaurs. Interestingly, the dentine from its teeth can be seen in micrographs. All questions about age, though, must take a back seat to investigations about evolution. In this case, Darwinism survives surprising evidence that contradicts earlier expectations about these animals.

The thin sections revealed that the gorgonopsian serrations are composed of tightly-packed serrations made of both enamel and dentine, the same complex arrangement of tissues that had previously been attributed to theropod dinosaurs and considered unique to them. “What’s surprising is that the type of serrations in gorgonopsians are more like those of the meat-eating dinosaurs from the Mesozoic era,” said LeBlanc. “It means that this unique type of cutting tooth evolved first in the lineage leading to mammals, only to later evolve independently in dinosaurs.”

Researchers find dinosaurs’ unique bone structure key to carrying huge weight (Southern Methodist University). Large hadrosaurs had a unique bone structure called trabecular (spongy) bone that was capable of supporting their extreme weight.

“The structure of the trabecular, or spongy bone that forms in the interior of bones we studied is unique within dinosaurs,” said Tony Fiorillo, SMU paleontologist and one of the study authors. The trabecular bone tissue surrounds the tiny spaces or holes in the interior part of the bone, Fiorillo says, such as what you might see in a ham or steak bone.

“Unlike in mammals and birds, the trabecular bone does not increase in thickness as the body size of dinosaurs increase,” he says. “Instead it increases in density of the occurrence of spongy bone. Without this weight-saving adaptation, the skeletal structure needed to support the hadrosaurs would be so heavy, the dinosaurs would have had great difficulty moving.”

In other words, the giant beasts were designed for support of their massive bulk with bones that were lightweight but durable. That’s interesting, but the article doesn’t discuss one of the more striking things about the bone as shown in the illustrations: the exquisite preservation of delicate spongy tissue inside the bones.

A photo shows the crew digging out the bones next to a body of water: “Hadrosaur bones used in the study were extracted from the banks of the Colville River in Alaska’s Prince Creek Formation, about 250 miles north of the Arctic Circle.” What were these giant dinosaurs doing so far north? And how did their bone tissue survive so intact after millions of years, a significant portion of time that must have been exposed to erosion? Just how did they get buried in the first place in a way that allows scientists in the year 2021 to see the tissue in detail?

The way to refute evolution and deep time is to ask the right questions.

 

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