Radiometric dating a christian perspective by dr roger c wiens
n 24 March 2005, a team of paleontologists lead by Mary Higby Schweitzer published their discovery of dinosaur soft tissues recovered from the cortical bone of a T. The three page paper in magazine, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, presents the striking discovery of apparently preserved organic tissues.These include several cell types that the authors feel able to delineate by direct comparison to modern cells recovered from a recent ostrich femur.They state, "The vessels and contents are similar in all respects to blood vessels recovered from extant ostrich bone." (Photos of these can be seen from the original article, and some are also available in Tyrannosaur morsels on PZ Myers' personal blog).Schweitzer et al notably offered no alternate explanation for their finding- they are entirely standing on the assertion that these are the original dinosaur tissues.I rented the first article appears as a fairly straightforward report that when the mineral component of a tyrannosaur femur was removed, there remained an organic mass with characters similar to those found in ostrich bone.
It may surprise a few people, but I am not interested in dinosaurs.Because I have written on the creationist distortion of earlier dinosaur soft tissue research published by Schweitzer, Dino-blood and the Young Earth, some people wondered why I had not responded sooner.I even received a few emails that demanded that I retract that article.(Schweitzer MH, Wittmeyer JL, Horner JR, Toporski JK (2005) Soft-Tissue Vessels and Cellular Preservation in Tyrannosaurus rex. Within hours of their story's release creationist email lists and bulletin boards were blazing around the world about the new scientific "proof" of the Earth's recent creation.One small, and hopeful change from Schweitzer's similar 1990s "discovery" is that this time both she and Horner have made direct statements that this find is neither a contradiction of the sciences, nor of an ancient Earth.