Ida Versus Squisho-saurus

Yesterday we were treated to the opening volley of a well financed media campaign.

The star maker machinery was no longer tooled up to promote the popular song, but a supposedly theory proving discovery.

The immaculately preserved skeleton of Ida, a 47 million-year-old primate found in Germany.

The unveiling of the fossilized remains of this  racoon sized lemur-like creature was accompanied by frenzied claims that make the Sham Wow guy look like a master of understatement.

“This specimen is like the Lost Ark for archeologists!”

“It is the scientific equivalent of the Holy Grail!”

“This changes everything!”

The groundswell of excitement over these claims has become so intense, the Google web site home page has even incorporated “Ida” into their logo.

Well, as we have seen, the actual specimen has a hard time keeping up with the hype.

And the increasingly dangerous marriage between scientific investigation and the pursuit of media exposure and the financial windfalls that go with it continues without missing a step.

But what if there really was a discovery that “changed everything” we were taught about our past?

What if a scientifically verifiable find came about that challenged to the core the notion that dinosaurs lived millions of years before man arrived on the scene?

What if scientists were confronted by the discovery not of fossil remains, but actual tissue of a creature that supposedly lived 85 million years ago?

Wouldn’t that “change everything”?

Well hold on to your copy of National Geographic.

In the late ’90’s,  paleontologist Dr. Mary Schweitzer created quite a stir when she revealed that an unfossilized piece of T-Rex leg bone had yielded red blood cells.

Cells and connective tissue can be clearly seen.

In 2005, a subsequent T-Rex find revealed the presence of soft tissue that appeared to be branching blood vessels with a substance inside that was able to be squeezed from them like toothpaste.

There is no doubt that fragile organic molecules like those harvested from these finds should have completely vanished in well under 65 million years.

In fact there were serious attempts to explain away Dr. Schweitzer’s findings by claiming that they were recent products of bacterial contamination.

After all, if we have dinosaur guts on our hands, the traditional view of the ancient age of dinosaurs would have to be completely reconsidered, if not dismissed.

Unfortunately for the purveyors of the previous paradigm, another radical discovery has been made.

Carl Weiland reports:

Now comes a further announcement by Schweitzer and others, in the prestigious journal Science, of substantial additional evidence to bolster her previous findings.7 The specimen on this occasion was a piece of fossil hadrosaur (duckbilled dinosaur) bone (Brachylophosaurus canadensis) regarded by evolutionary assumptions as being 80 million years old. short, the researchers found evidence of “the same fibrous matrix, transparent, flexible vessels, and preserved microstructures she had seen in the T. rex sample”.8 Only this time they went to exceptional lengths to silence critics.

Critics said that her claims, which given the millions of years perspective are indeed “extraordinary”, required extraordinary evidence. But this is a cliché; in reality, they just require evidence, and that has been amply provided. Yet the critics demanded additional protein sequencing, super-careful handling to avoid claims of contamination, and confirmation from other laboratories. So Schweitzer and her team set about doing just that when they looked at the leg bone of this hadrosaur encased in sandstone.

Extraordinary measures were taken to keep the sample away from contamination until it reached the lab. They used an even more sophisticated and newer mass spectrometer, and sent the samples to two other labs for confirmation. They reported finding not just collagen, but evidence of two additional proteins—elastin and laminin. They also found structures uncannily resembling the cells found in both blood and bone, as well as cellular basement membrane matrix. And there were, once again, hints of hemoglobin, gleaned from applying hemoglobin-specific antibodies to the structures and seeing if the antibodies would bind to them.

There were eight collagen proteins alone discovered from the hadrosaur fossil, which revealed twice as many amino acids as the previous tyrannosaur specimen. These were compared with sequences from animals living today as well as from mastodon fossils and her T. rex sequences. The hadrosaur and tyrannosaur collagens were closer to each other than the others, and each were closer to chickens and ostriches than to crocodilians, for instance—results which would also confirm her previous identification of T. rex collagen.

The samples were identified as collagen by both sophisticated mass spectroscopy and antibody-binding techniques. They were also examined via both light and electron microscopy, which confirmed that they had the appearance of collagen as well.

As Schweitzer says, “These data not only build upon what we got from the T. rex, they take the research even further.”

So we now have confirmed collagen samples from a supposedly 85 million year old dinosaur.

How long does it take collagen to fall apart?

If completely sealed and kept at the freezing point – 3 million years.

At 10 degrees Celsius – 200,000 years.

At 20 degrees – 15,000 years.

Do the math, and then answer this question.

Which is more likely to rock an entire world?

A lemur with fingernails?

Or a testable case of what amounts to dinosaur road kill?

So why isn’t National Geographic clearing the decks for a prime time special on our duck billed destroyer of dino-myths?

Because it doesn’t fit the narrative.

After all, this is the year we are told to celebrate Darwin’s 200th birthday!

Imagine what would happen if school children were told we have dinosaur guts on our hands!

Why they might start to question the basic secularist assumptions undergirding Darwinism!

Like nothing created everything.

Or that raw matter and energy have somehow produced information all by themselves.

Or that historical science is nothing more than guess work and speculation peppered with words and phrases like “could be”, “perhaps” and “some scientists believe”.

Discoveries like an 85 million dollar Hadrosaur with inconveniently incompatible insides still intact barely merit a yawn from the mass media.

But for those who know God’s Word it is another encouraging example of a timeless truth.

There is no wisdom or understanding Or counsel against the LORD. (Proverbs 21:30)


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