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Posted on 05/20/2013 7:15:16 AM PDT by fishtank
Scientist Stumped by Actual Dinosaur Skin by Brian Thomas, M.S. *
Being the first ever to examine a dinosaur fossil long buried in sedimentary rock is thrilling enough for a field researcher. But a team working in Canada found an exhilarating bonus on a hadrosaur fossil fragmentit had actual skin still attached.
They found the duck-bill dinosaur fossil near Grand Prairie, Alberta. University of Regina physicist Mauricio Barbi operates state-of-the art synchrotron equipment that can detect and identify chemical signatures without destroying samples. He plans to use the technology to investigate the special fossil and its skin. He told Canadian Light Source (CLS), which houses the synchrotron device, "As we excavated the fossil, I thought that we were looking at a skin impression. Then I noticed a piece came off and I realized this is not ordinarythis is real skin."1
What do they plan to do with this "real skin?" Barbi said, "Everyone involved with the excavation was incredibly excited and we started discussing research projects right away."1 Each project will examine a different question. For example, they plan to sort out what color the dinosaur skin may have been by investigating the skins pigment-containing melanosomes. Researchers in China performed a similar analysis on a Sinosauropteryx dinosaur in 2010.2
Which research question carries the most mystery? "But perhaps the greatest question Barbi is trying to answer at the CLS is how the fossil remained intact for around 70-million years." Barbi declared, "There is something special about this fossil and the area where it was found, and I am going to find out what it is."1
Special indeed. But finding the right answer works best by first asking the right question, and focusing on some special quality "about this fossil" that enabled it to persist "for around 70-million years" does not appear to be the right question. That line of research will leapfrog a far more fundamental and relevant mystery: How long could actual dinosaur skin tissue possibly last?
Who, upon entering a room and encountering a burning candle would immediately begin to wonder what special something about that candle enabled it to continually burn for a million? Would it not make more sense to first question how long such a candle could potentially burn before going out?
Similarly, questions that assume some special factor in the skin or in the earth could preserve original organic dinosaur remains for even one million years ignore what is already widely known about skin protein decay. A candles flame can be extinguished and relit, but skin decays continually and relentlessly until it is completely gone, becoming dust in thousands, not millions of years. The research questions so far proposed typically exclude the very best explanationthese fossils look young because they are young.
Good luck answering your greatest research question, Mauricio Barbi. Research that ignores the most sensible solution to the dinosaur skin dilemma signals a poor start.
Scientists study rare dinosaur skin fossil at CLS. Canadian Light Source Media Release, posted on www.lightsource.ca on April 26, 2013, accessed May 3, 2013.
Thomas, B. Feathered Dinosaur Debate Exhibits Young Earth Evidence. Creation Science Update. Posted on icr.org February 8, 2010, accessed May 3, 2013.
* Mr. Thomas is Science Writer at the Institute for Creation Research.
Article posted on May 20, 2013.
Image URLs are from the ICR article.
Mmmm .. maybe dinosaur fossils are less than 6000 years old, after all.
Looks like a rock.
So why do we find dinosaur and other archaic tropical fossils in Antartica, but the only modern species we find are penguins and such?
Some Texan will try to make a pair of boots out of it.
Proving that there is more than one way to skin a dinosaur.........
Perhaps at some point the earth rotated on a different axis!!
Quite possible if they can clone the skin cells or harvest the DNA.........
Can you fry them up like pork rinds?
And maybe the Egyptians used them as draft animals to build the pyramids.
And maybe monkeys will fly out of my butt.
The Earth rotating on a different axis doesn't answer the question, it just raises more questions. Questions that creationists are not prepared to answer.
Sometimes sarcasm is funny.
Most of the time, it's just --- Maddow.
Sometimes ignorant attacks on science are funny, but most the time they are just cretarded.
Mmmmm, maybe you’re just voluntarily ignorant. Gimme a break.
Interesting how the descriptions of the sample the Institute for Creation Research are different from the ones published elsewhere.
One would think that these fully mineralized fossils with traces of organic residues trapped in the rock matrix are practically grocery store fresh!
Earlier find with the soft tissues preserved. Apparently pretty common and not an indicator of a young earth.
Of course it’s rock, this is a skin fossil. It is not the actual skin, which has been replaced by minerals, leaving this impression. Otherwise, they would be testing the cells, dna, etc.
The author is sadly mistaken thinking this is skin that is only a few thousand years old.