Hell Creek Formation, the famous treasure trove of dinosaur fossils (located in Montana, North and South Dakota), has again yielded an amazing specimen. In the spring of 2012, researchers digging near Glendive, Montana excitedly chiseled the sediment away from a 3 ½ foot long triceratops horn. After bathing it in an acid bath to dissolve the hard material encrusted on the horn, they were shocked to discover soft tissue inside the horn. Examining the soft tissue under a powerful microscope revealed structures that appeared to be blood vessels, crystalized blood proteins, and osteocytes. Kevin Anderson, a member of the research team, reported, “These are real dinosaur tissues, loaded with real dinosaur cells.”
The implications of their discovery are troubling to the orthodox Darwinian doctrine of millions of years. Darwinian evolutionists are reluctant, even hostile, to publishing evidence that undermines the accepted orthodox position. Another researcher, Dr. Mary Schweitzer, who famously discovered collagen in the thigh bone of a T. Rex, encountered resistance when trying to report her results. She recounts, “I had one reviewer tell me that he didn’t care what the data said, he knew that what I was finding wasn’t possible.” So she asked him, “Well, what data would convince you?” His response was telling: “None.”
Why such resistance to evidence? Because according to evolutionary doctrine, dinosaurs went extinct millions of years ago. Non-fossilized dinosaur tissue strongly suggests otherwise.
If the triceratops and T. Rex discoveries were anomalies, we could perhaps write them off as unsolved mysteries, but the triceratops and T. Rex join over 30 other similar finds, most of which have not been widely publicized because of the challenge they present for the current evolutionary paradigm. Since the 90s scientists have not only discovered real dinosaur bones (as in not fully mineralized) but also blood cells, hemoglobin, proteins, flexible ligaments, blood vessels, even DNA and radiocarbon in dinosaur bones!
Scientists have tried desperately to find some way that these soft tissues could have been preserved for such eons of time, suggesting either that iron helped preserve them or that what was really discovered wasn’t dinosaur soft tissue but “biofilm” (an effect of more recent bacterial actions). In the face of the mounting evidence, these explanations are ringing hollow.
To believe that these soft tissue samples were preserved for millions of years defies credulity. Preserved dinosaur tissue is far more consistent with younger dates (as in thousands and not millions of years). As one author put it, “Believing proteins [we could include the entire list from the above paragraph] could last for tens of millions of years takes enormous faith.”
And, we might add, it’s a faith that is opposed by the evidence. Darwinian evolutionists, however, are so committed to their millions-of-years paradigm that they are unwilling and unable to see evidence to the contrary – even when it’s right in front of their eyes.
What does this mean? At the very least, it means that dinosaurs are increasingly failing to fit into the orthodox Darwinian faith. It also reveals the power of a paradigm as evolutionists continue to grasp after shaky explanations to preserve their millions-of-years doctrine. It may also lend credence to a far more recent demise of the dinosaurs, one that could have been brought on by Noah’s flood or the aftereffects thereof. It isn’t openly admitted, but it may be the possibility of supporting the Biblical account that keeps many evolutionists from seeing the obvious. Increasingly, though, the evidence is pointing away from ancient dinosaurs to ones more in line with a Biblical worldview.