How Dinosaur Soft Tissues Clinch the Case for Noah’s Flood
Watch our short video below for compelling evidence that demonstrates dinosaurs died recently in Noah’s Flood! We also recommend these sites for continuing your research:
- Our Dinosaurs & The Bible Page
- The Institute for Creation Research (ICR) “Fresh Fossils” Page
- The “Dinosaur Project” Page
What did Dr. Schweitzer find inside a dinosaur bone in 2005?[i] Why was it reported on 60 Minutes, NBC News, BBC, and other news outlets around the world? When she first tried to publish this dinosaur soft tissue discovery in science journals, why did some reviewers refuse to publish her findings, stating that they were “impossible” and that “no amount of evidence”[ii] would convince them that her team really found original dinosaur tissue. And why did the scientists who excavated these bones report that the ground had a “stench of death”[iii] and that the odor from the bones reminded them of the smell of cadavers? Does any of this make sense if these bones are just petrified rocks that laid in the earth for over 67 million years? Surely there’s a better explanation. Perhaps these bones were NOT buried 67 million years ago. If an enormous watery catastrophe recently buried these creatures under tens of feet of mud just thousands of years ago, could the worldwide flood described in the Bible be the correct explanation? Keep reading to find out.
Did you know that Dr. Schweitzer’s mainstream discovery that hit the news in 2005 is just the tip of the iceberg? Hundreds of secular scientists from around the world have published over 120 science articles describing original biomaterials from dinosaurs and other ancient creatures throughout the geologic column since 1954.[iv] And it’s not just one type of soft tissue or biochemical they’re finding—but 16 different varieties, including Blood Vessels, Red Blood Cells, Hemoglobin, Osteocytes, Ovalbumin, Chitin, Unmineralized Bone, Collagen, Chromosomes, Skin Pigments, PHEX Proteins, Histone, Keratin, and Elastin. The most recent two discoveries are Cartilage and even Nerve Cells from Triceratops![v]
What’s so amazing about these findings is that the entire paleontology field—with thousands of scientists—completely missed these original, short-lived biomaterials. Why? Because they simply believed they were just hardened rocks based on their millions-of-years worldview. Their logic runs something like this: Only minerals, not biomaterials, can last millions of years. Fossil bones are millions of years old. Therefore, fossil bones are only minerals, not biomaterials. In light of the new overwhelming evidence, a totally different argument has started to sway some experts: Only minerals, not biomaterials, can last millions of years. All sorts of fossils, from all depths and continents still have biomaterials. Therefore, all sorts of fossils, at all depths, and on all continents are not millions of years old.
Now that researchers have thoroughly established over the last 20 years that these soft tissues exist, has the secular field of paleontology changed their minds? Have they moved the time bracket for when these creatures lived and died? Not at all. Instead, they’ve gone through desperate attempts to imagine ways to extend the lifespan of these soft tissues to millions of years, rather than reconsidering the timeline. What could possibly drive a belief system like this? One where just 20 years ago 100 out of 100 secular scientists would not expect to find dinosaur soft tissue, but then when they find it, try to explain it away by inventing “preservation mechanisms” that could possibly make them last for millions of years?
Possible rescuing devices like iron preservation have even been loaded into mainstream dinosaur movies where characters stated, “Did you know the soft tissue is preserved because the iron in the dinosaur’s blood generates free radicals, and those are highly reactive. So, the proteins and the cell membranes get all mixed up, and act as a natural preservative. DNA can survive for millennia that way.”[vi]
This “iron preservation” idea has long since been debunked because the experiments used purified and concentrated hemoglobin—a product found nowhere in nature—and dinosaur bones don’t contain enough iron to even start the preservation process. Hemoglobin is a blood protein that holds iron atoms, and researchers have detected hemoglobin still inside fossils, including a mosasaur from the Niobrara Chalk beds that span the state of Kansas. Talk about a fresh fossil find! Would the blood that its carcass retained have enough iron to even start the supposed preservation process? Nobody has tested this. Meanwhile, the same iron atoms that might help with preservation by forming free radicals that could cross-link proteins are so reactive that they overwhelmingly cause more chemical damage than chemical cross links. In fact, the same scientists who claimed that iron cross-linked the proteins into a more resistant substance reported collagen protein sequences, which is a biomaterial that repeated studies have shown cannot possibly last more than 900,000 years![vii] Talk about a bait-and-switch! Even if iron somehow defied the laws of thermodynamics to preserve dinosaur blood vessels, what about the 15 other varieties of soft tissue?
Let’s take a closer look at just one of these soft biomaterials: collagen, which is the main structural protein found in animal connective tissue. It also makes up about 35% of bones.[viii] Numerous studies have investigated how long collagen can last before it breaks down. While most estimates are just thousands of years, some have placed the absolute theoretical maximum life of collagen between 300,000 and 900,000 years under the best possible conditions. Either way—with a maximum shelf life of less than one million years, what’s collagen doing in dinosaur bones that are supposedly over 67 million years old?
So, what really happened to the dinosaurs? Well, the obvious answer lies in the middle of America where 13 states are filled with dinosaur remains mixed with marine and plant life. What event in history could bury birds, land animals, sea creatures, and plants over a 1-million square mile landscape under tens to hundreds of feet of mud? Just look at the early Flood deposit—the Morrison Formation—that covers 700,000 square miles at incorporates 13 states. This formation alone is over 300 feet deep and is filled with millions upon millions of dead land and sea creatures. Consider how this formation stacks up against a 200-foot 747 jet and the empire state building, and remember—this formation stretches across 13 states!
If there was a worldwide flood that lasted about a year, we would expect all the dinosaur species in North America to be buried together at the same time and in the same regions—and this is exactly what we find! All the Jurassic allosaurus, sauropods, and stegosaurus are buried in the same areas at the same time in America. Can there be any doubt that a worldwide, catastrophic Flood would be necessary for this to occur? The Morrison Formation alone has 37 genera of dinosaurs that all bought it at the same time. And they are sandwiched between multiple layers of stratified mud tens to hundreds of feet thick—which is exactly what tsunamis caused from Catastrophic Plate Tectonics would create.
An asteroid that landed thousands of miles away could not do this because these creatures are buried under tens and sometimes hundreds of feet of layered mud. But it’s not just mud—they’re also buried in sand and ash. This is where the Biblical Flood comes in. Genesis states that “all of the fountains of the great deep broke open” on the same day when the Flood commenced. Bible interpreters tie this verse to oceanic rifting that occurred where Earth’s crust fractured into continental and oceanic plates. The rifting spread over 40,000 miles around the globe. Some rifts spread apart as molten material rose up from great depths. Geodynamic modeling shows how this process quickly pushed the continents apart. Newly formed seafloor subducted under the edges of continents, for example along the west coast of the Americas. Hot, new seafloor sank beneath less dense continental granites. Subduction dragged granite down until it snapped back up. Each time it snapped, it shoved water up. Colossal tsunamis carried mud, sand, and debris onto the land, burying the dinosaurs, birds, and shark teeth together in the layers we find them today.
This subduction also explains why many of these dinosaur regions are filled with ash. When the newly created seafloor, like a global conveyor belt, slid down to the earth’s mantle, that great heat thrust material up, through the continent’s crust. Volcanoes erupted inland from the coastal areas. Enormous volumes of ash mixed with muddy tsunamis that buried the millions of creatures we find as fossils today.
The Independence Dyke Swarm in Southern California is a good example of this process. It’s a linear volcanic system over 300 miles long that belted out more ash than any system in North American history. The fact that the dinosaurs are buried in a matrix of mud, sand, and ash reveals a sudden snapshot of what happened. Because they’re buried in these three products, and most of their bones are found separated and even broken, the Flood described in Genesis matches the power that could bury—and not that long ago. This 13-state dinosaur burial ground comes complete with its own timestamp. And the soft tissues and original biochemicals we find in their bones today prove their recent demise.
And this leads to what may come as an uncomfortable conclusion. The Bible is right. This means the 10 Commandments actually describe the great Creator’s expectations. We are guilty of sin! It also means that same Creator really did become a human, die the death of a sinner, and rise from the dead—all to save us. If God judged the whole world not that long ago because of human sin, then He will judge every one of us just as He promised in His Bible. Turn from sin. Trust Christ. Find new life in Him. As a bonus, part of that life offers new and better answers to real questions like why Earth’s fossils still look so fresh!
[ii] Barry Yeoman, “Schweitzer’s Dangerous Discovery,” Discovery Magazine: www.discovermagazine.com/2006/apr/dinosaur-dna (April 27, 2006) (January 27, 2017). (Note: quote has disappeared from online versions—see author for copy).
[iii] Barry Yeoman, “Schweitzer’s Dangerous Discovery,” Discovery Magazine: www.discovermagazine.com/2006/apr/dinosaur-dna (April 27, 2006) (January 27, 2017).
[vi] Jurassic World Clip https://www.icr.org/article/jurassic-world-fallen-kingdom-opens
[vii] M. Buckley and M.J. Collins. “Collagen survival and its use for species identification in Holocene-Lower Pleistocene bone fragments from British archaeological and paleontological sites.” Antiqua, 1 (2011): e1.