DINOSAUR FOSSIL IN MARINE ENVIRONMENT
discovered in a marine stratum,” ScienceDaily wrote in a report about
the fossilized remains of a duck-billed dinosaur (hadrosaur) found on
Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido.
The fossil record raises more questions than answers for those
who deny that there was a global Flood. Questions include why
marine fossils are also found at various sites, including on Mt
Everest and in Chilie’s Atacama Desert, for example. (For more
All such finds point to a catastrophic event that overwhelmed creatures (and not just this duck-billed dinosaur). With the understanding
of the global Flood, creationists expect to find creatures from different
locations buried together; i.e. creatures that did not live together but
died together. (For more see creation.com/fossil-crab-alongside-dino).
Japan’s largest complete dinosaur skeleton discovered, sciencedaily.com, June 2017.
BIRD’S OIL GLAND PRESERVED FOR ‘ 48 MILLION YEARS’
48 million years old adds to the growing number of soft tissue finds. (See also “Turtle
soft tissue find” below and creation.com/dinosaur-soft-tissue)
Researchers studying a bird from the fossil-rich Messel Pit in Germany concluded
from tests on its uropygial gland—which provides oil for preening—that it was “an
example of soft tissue surviving over the course of millions of years”. One of the team
said: “The discovery is one of the most astonishing examples of soft part preserva-
tion in animals. It is extremely rare for something like this to be preserved for such a
Based on their organic geochemical investigations, the researchers also encour-
aged others to likewise investigate fossils for soft tissues. Soft-tissue finds are
exciting—and not unexpected—for creationists because such preservation better fits
in with a world-wide catastrophic event such as Noah’s Flood about 4,500 years ago.
On the other hand, evolutionists have not yet presented a plausible explanation for soft
tissues surviving for their alleged millions of years.
O’Reilly, S. et al., Preservation of uropygial gland lipids in a 48-million-year-old bird, Proc.R.Soc.B.
284(1865):20171050, 2017 | doi: 10.1098/rspb.2017.1050.
TURTLE SOFT TISSUE FIND
Dr Mary Schweitzer has again been involved with a fossil soft-tissue find. Traces
of pigment, beta-keratin, and muscle proteins have been found in a sea turtle
‘dated’ at 54 million years old. Schweitzer was the first to report soft tissues
in dinosaur fossils (For more on that, see creation.com/dino-disquiet).
Dr Schweitzer was part of a team headed by paleontologist
Johan Lindgren of Lund University (Sweden) that investigated
a tiny 74-mm (3-inch) fossilized hatchling turtle from Jutland,
Denmark. She said: “The presence of eukaryotic melanin
within a melanosome embedded in a keratin matrix rules out
contamination by microbes, because microbes cannot make
eukaryotic melanin or keratin. So we know that these hatch-
lings had the dark coloration common to modern sea turtles.”
Shell colour is vital for cold-blooded turtles as it allows
them to absorb heat from sunlight. Compared with today’s
hatchlings, there is no hint of significant change (‘evolution’)
over the alleged millions of years since the fossil was formed.
Lindgren, J. et al., Biochemistry and adaptive colouration of an exceptionally
preserved juvenile fossil sea turtle, Scientific Reports 7:13324 | doi: 10.1038/
Peake, T., Keratin, pigment, proteins from 54 million-year-old sea turtle show
survival trait evolution, news.ncsu.edu, October 2017.
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