dinosaur blood and other soft tissues survive for millions of years?
Fossils have preserved evidence—but what does it show?
2004, paleontologist Mary Schweitzer peered through her microscope and saw
something remarkable. She saw fresh-looking remnants of soft tissue in the
fossilized remains of a
T. rex femur. This was totally unexpected. And it
contradicted all the rules of paleontology. Scientists had long believed that
soft tissue remains would have degraded away in thousands—not millions—of years.
But this tissue staring back at Mary Schweitzer
was millions of years
While scientists were struggling to make sense of this surprising discovery, a group
of Christians became electrified by it. Those Christians who believe that the
earth is merely thousands of years old saw this breakthrough as obvious
evidence that scientists had miscalculated the dates for the dinosaurs. The
discovery of soft tissue remains associated with fossils has become in recent
years one of the most prominent scientific arguments for a young earth.
In this careful analysis, biochemist Fazale Rana demonstrates the scientific
plausibility of recovering soft tissue remnants from ancient sites. Rana also
shows how traces of dinosaur blood—claimed by some as evidence for a young
earth—instead strengthen the case for an old earth and, thus, for the
reliability of Scripture.
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