The Miracles of Evolutionary Preservation
By Steven Rowitt, Ph.D.
If you thought that miracles were exclusively the purview of people of faith, you would be greatly mistaken. It has come to the attention of the public that dinosaur remains recovered from a 70 million years old T. Rex femur contained partially fossilized bone and tissue. The abstract from an article by Mary Schweitzer, R.J. Cano, & Jack Horner, (1994) concerning this discovery read in part:
Soft tissues and cell-like microstructures derived from skeletal elements of a well-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex (MOR 1125) were represented by four components in fragments of demineralized cortical and/or medullary bone: flexible and fibrous bone matrix; transparent, hollow and pliable blood vessels; intravascular material, including in some cases, structures morphologically reminiscent of vertebrate red blood cells, and osteocytes with intracellular contents and flexible filipodia.
In lay terms, this paper examined what appeared to be a miracle of preservation. How could tissue, that was allegedly 70 million years old, be so well preserved that these researchers could squeeze pliable blood vessels and tease out intact red blood cells! Blood cells that later proved very similar to the red blood cells of a modern ostrich. In addition to these extraordinary examples of preservation, there have been numerous scientific papers written about the recovery of prehistoric microorganisms from amber. DNA has been successfully isolated from both fossilized plant and animal tissues. Researchers R. J. Cano et al. (1993) report DNA has been successfully isolated from both fossilized plant and animal tissues. The oldest material, dated as 25-40 million years old (Tertiary), was obtained from amber-entombed bees and termites. Later, Cano and Borucki (1995) went on to report concerning the extraction of DNA from a 120-135-million-year-old weevil (Nemonychidae, Coleoptera) found in Lebanese amber. DeSalle, Gatesy, Wheeler, and Grimaldi (1992) reported DNA was extracted from the fossil termite Mastotermes electrodominicus preserved in Oligo-Miocene amber (25 million to 30 million years old).
So what are we to make to the latest example of miraculous preservation from the fantastical world of molecules-to-men Darwinian evolution? Science Daily (2013) posted an article entitled, World’s Oldest Dinosaur Embryo Bonebed Yields Organic Remains and the next installment of the evolutionary miraculous was announced. These newly discovered sauropodomorph fossil embryos date back to the early Jurassic period, 197-190 million years ago or so evolutionists want us to believe (Palmer, 2013). When skeptical observers, who had not been successfully brainwashed into believing such absurdities, question the interpretation of this data, we are ridiculed and dismissed as wacko religious nuts or worse. But really, who are the religious wackos? People whose astonishing blind faith in the evolutionary miraculous has them believing that the remains of dinosaur embryos can survive for 197 million years or those who refuse to place their faith into evolutionary fairytales for grownups.
Is it Bible believing people who take God at His Word and believe that the earth is relatively young who are wrong? Or is it scientists who readily admit that the bodies of living organisms begin to decompose shortly after death that are being incredibly naïve. After all, there is a scientific consensus that DNA might be preserved under ideal conditions up to 10,000 years. Siberia has yielded frozen mastodons that evolutionists date to the Pleistocene Epoch (1.6 million to 10,000 years ago). However, what Schweitzer and others are finding goes well beyond the 30,000-year limit for prehistoric bone collagen. When you factor in the allegedly 250 million year old bacteria that scientists were able to revive, then you can clearly see that these discoveries tend to falsify the evolutionary timelines normally associated with Darwinian evolution (Travis, 1999). We all need to remember that it is the evolutionists who originally claimed that organic mat
erial such as DNA could not survive beyond ten thousand years. I ask you, who is really living in a fantasy world?
Another interesting factor has to do with the lack of published research into dinosaur DNA. Why is there no available studies concerning this. They certainly have enough specimens. The Institute for Creation Research author James Johnson (2009) theorized:
A purposeful pattern of coerced concealment of non-conforming DNA data from unfossilized dinosaur bones (labeled an anomaly on a flowchart for the procedure of extracting, purifying, sequencing and verifying dinosaur DNA adapted from an illustration by D. De Francesco, as found in Virginia Morell’s 1993 article) involves what lawyers and court room judges call “chilling” coercion and “spoilization of evidence”-- conducing the concealment (and eventual destruction) of embarrassing information in order to prevent one’s opponent from using it at trial.
We recently published an article entitled, “No C-14 Test for the T. Rex Tissue: The Emperor of Evolution Has No Clothes” (Rowitt, 2013) on our Creation Studies Institute website. The article gave is a striking example of “conducing the concealment of embarrassing information.” It related the absolute refusal to test tissue and cellular remnants recovered from the T. Rex femur mentioned in the opening paragraph of this article. Yes, there should be absolutely no C-14 left in a 70 million year old specimen (C-14’s half-life is 5,730 + 40 years). So why the flat refusal to test this, or any other partially or unfossilized remnants of tissue or bone? When asked, Jack Horner replied that a C-14 radiometric dating result of such material would be used by creationists against evolutionists. Borrowing a phrase from the legal community, I rest my case.
Does anyone really believe that these devotees of Darwin will suddenly take off their evolution-colored glasses long enough to critically evaluate the evidence before them in the light of day. When you recognize that they have engaged in brainwashing, censorship and deception, and continue to do so on a grand scale, there is little hope that they will be honest enough to publicly question the deep time aspect of evolutionary theory. After all, deep time is really the magic ingredient of this fairytale. Without billions of years, it would take the kiss of a princess to turn a frog into a prince. Factor in billions of years, and anything’s possible…or is it?
With all the evidence of miraculous preservation, you would think that the evolutionists might re-think their evolutionary timeframe. That would require them to put their collective faith in Darwinian deep time aside long enough to see the facts that are before them. Without the evolutionary brainwashing, the evidence supports the special creation of all living organisms within the recent past thousands, not millions or billions of years ago.
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