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Extraordinary dinosaur find challenges evolution


The Hell Creek formation in Montana has coughed up dinosaur bones with blood, blood vessels and soft cartilage. Wikipedia/Ankyman

The Hell Creek formation in Montana has coughed up fossilized dinosaur bones with soft tissue in them — blood, blood vessels and cartilage. Wikipedia/Ankyman

Dinosaur bones from the Hell Creek formation in Montana cause a huge problem for evolutionists. Those digging at the site actually found fossilized dinosaur bones with soft tissue inside them (blood, blood vessels, cartilage).

How could there be soft tissue in bones reportedly millions of years old?

In 2004, palaeontologists uncovered a large T. Rex thigh bone (supposedly 69 million years old) at the Montana dig. They broke the bone for transport, revealing what looked like un-fossilized soft tissue. 

North Carolina State University Palaeontologist Mary Higby Schweitzer, who was given broken pieces of the bone, decided to take a closer look. She has a PhD in Molecular biology an odd background for one working on fossils, but it qualified her to study organic material. Even stranger, Dr. Schweitzer is an Evangelical Christian.

Those working in the Hell Creek formation had noticed for years there was a cadaver smell at the dig. This suggested the dinosaur bones were not completely fossilized and organic material was still present. But an evolutionary mindset said that was impossible and effectively stopped palaeontologists from questioning the smell.

Based on earlier work, Schweitzer had suspicions dinosaur bones had organic material in them. In 1999, she published an article to that effect. Several journals refused to publish it, and when one finally did, her article was largely ignored because it didn’t fit with evolutionary theory.

Now six years later, she was looking at a dinosaur bone that appeared to have organic material. Schweitzer and her team tested the material thoroughly. It clearly indicated organic material. Her biology background put her in a unique position to study these bones from a biological perspective.

She then decided to look at other dinosaur bones using a dilute acid to remove the fossilized bone material. Evolutionists had never done this before since they believed the bones only contained fossilized material. She discovered more un-fossilized organic material including blood vessels. Some of these fossils were supposedly 145 million to 169 million years old.

In an interview on NBC, Schweitzer said:

“The problem is, for 300 years we thought ‘well the organics are all gone, so why should we look for something that is not going to be there’ and nobody looks.”

She released her findings in Journal Science. In 2008, the peer-reviewed scientific journal PLoS ONE published an article challenging Schweitzer’s findings. However, a second article in 2010 in the same publication confirmed Mary had discovered dinosaur soft tissue in the fossils.

Dinosaur bones with soft tissue have shown up in other digs including Texas, Colorado, and Arkansas.

How was dinosaur soft tissue preserved?

In a study published in the Journal Proceedings of the Royal Society at the end of November 2013, Schweitzer believes she discovered why the organic material survived. Schweitzer says it happened because iron in the body of the dinosaur encased the organic material acting as a formaldehyde, preserving it.

But can iron preserve organic material for nearly 200 million years?  Schweitzer noted that organic material found in dinosaur bones can quickly deteriorate once exposed to the elements.

The problem goes from bad to worse

Having concluded that organic material did exist in the dinosaur bones, other scientists decided to date the material.

At a presentation at the 2012 Western Pacific Geophysics meeting, a group of scientist presented their finding when they carbon dated the soft tissue. They found through repeated testing of soft tissue from a number of bones from different types of dinosaurs that the organic material consistently dated at 22,000 to 39,000 years of age.

The effective range for Carbon 14 dating is maximum 57,000 years and 16 of the 20 soft tissue samples dated were less than 35,000 years old and fell within the safe range for C14 testing.

From an evolutionary perspective, this put these dinosaurs well within the range of human existence.

Dr. Don Clark with Creation moments noticed something interesting happened immediately after the presentation, the abstract was briefly up on their website and then mysteriously removed.

Clark writes:

While other researchers have found soft tissue in dinosaur bones and C-14 dates in these ranges, this current study has been the most comprehensive. The fact that there is any collagen at all remaining in these bone samples is amazing, considering that they are supposed to be older than 65 million years. Protein just doesn’t hang around that long! And that there is any C-14 in them also is reason to possibly question conventional wisdom. But why have we not heard about any of this in the news? Shouldn’t there have been at least a 15-second blip from one of the media outlets? But the media have been silent and the abstract pulled from the meeting proceedings. The sacred cow of evolution once again remains intact.

Did dinosaurs coexist with man?

These carbon tests suggest dinosaurs co-existed with man. Is there any other evidence of this?

Did men and dinosaurs live at the same time? Check this image of a Stegosaurus on an 800 year old Buddhist temple in Cambodia.

Did men and dinosaurs live at the same time? Check this image of a Stegosaurus on an 800-year-old Buddhist temple in Cambodia.

In Job 40:15-24, God speaks of a behemoth or beast Job was familiar with. The word is in the plural and commentators believe it is a “majestic plural” implying an “immense beast.”  Verse 19 describes behemoth as “first of the ways of God.” Other translations use the word ‘chief’ suggesting whoever behemoth was, it was the largest of God’s creation.

Some believe it refers to an elephant or hippopotamus because of its love for water (vs 22-23).

But one verse compares Leviathan’s tale to a cedar.

He bends his tail like a cedar (Job 40:17a NASV)

Cedar trees in the Mediterranean can grow up to 40-metres high. When looking at the rope-like tales of both hippos and elephants, a cedar tree is the last thing anyone would use to describe their tales.

But something else does come to mind.

Some super-sized sauropods are up to 60 metres in length and their tales were massive (see image below). Is this the creäture of Job?

But the Bible is not the only place that suggests humans had contact with dinosaurs. Ta Prohm, an 800-year-old Buddhist temple in the jungles of Cambodia, has images on it depicting a number of animals. One of them portrays a creäture strangely resembling a Stegosaurus. There are many other ancient drawings depicting dinosaurs from around the world. Some wonder if the old stories of dragons are little more than human encounters with dinosaurs.

Different sizes of Saurapods. Wikipediea:Matt Martyniuk

Different sizes of Sauropods. The largest one, Amphicoelias fragillimus is 60 metres (180 feet) in length. Compare its size to the image of the man in bottom left corner. Could this be the behemoth of Job? Wikipedia:Matt Martyniuk

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