Carbon dating dinosaur soft tissue
For the past six years, curators at the Royal Tyrell museum in Alberta, Canada, have spent more than 7,000 hours preparing a remarkable dinosaur, a nodosaur, for display.(Michael Greshko, “The Amazing Dinosaur Found (Accidentally) by Miners in Canada,” National Geographic, June 2017).But of course if these dinosaurs are really “160 million years old”, that should be absolutely impossible.Needless to say, this shocking discovery is once again going to have paleontologists scrambling to find a way to prop up the popular myths that they have been promoting.Rather, initial reports indicate that it is loaded with original biological material called soft tissues.Such tissues (mostly proteins) decay at scientifically measurable rates, which can be compared to their actual state of decay to calculate the age of the carcass.Our investigation has shown that the pretreatment of bone with diluted acetic acid following a proscribed technique allows the separation of the bioapatite fraction from diagenetic carbonates. The lab might not have been able to completely isolate the fossil’s original bioapatite, so the result may have contamination in it.
Imagine how happy they are now to find the fossilized remains of a nodosaur (heavily armored plant-eating dinosaurs) that still has bits of skin and other organic matter intact.
What they have been telling us simply does not fit the facts.
The truth is that this latest find is even more evidence that dinosaurs are far, far younger than we have traditionally been taught.
Dinosaurs are currently believed to be tens of millions of years old.
In fact, it turns out that this nodosaur is not the only specimen with soft tissues.Clark’s photos of the fossil will be released on the June 2017 issue of National Geographic.