Michael Snyder The Truth March 7, 2014A fossil bed in China that is being called “Jurassic Park” has yielded perhaps the greatest dinosaur soft tissue discovery of all time.According to media reports, “nearly-complete skeletons” have been discovered that even include skin and feathers.But instead, we are now starting to find dinosaur soft tissue all over the place.
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.
Normal carbon-14 dating methods do not work for dinosaurs.
Since the half-life of C-14 is only 5,730 years, it is only useful for dating things less than 20,000 years old.
Instead, the fossil’s bioapatite (a mineral found in bone) was dated.
According to a 2009 report in the journal Contamination of the organic fraction in the process of the burial or during museum preservation treatment generally prohibits the use of the collagen fraction for dating.This update isn’t about the lawsuit; I have no knowledge of how that is going. Since the current half-life of carbon-14 is “only” about 5,700 years, there should be no detectable levels of it in the original parts of the fossil, if the fossil is millions of years old. Cherkinsky’s lab found very detectable levels of carbon-14.In fact, there was so much carbon-14 in the fossil that it was given a date of 41,010 ± 220 years.(Mark Armitage) was subsequently fired from his position at California State University Northridge.He has sued the university, claiming that he was fired because of his religious views. Alexander Cherkinsky at the University of Georgia’s Center for Applied Isotope Studies for dating via the carbon-14 dating method.Clark has been shooting stories for National Geographic for a long time but he describes this fossil to be “kind of another level.” Gizmodo reports that Caleb Brown, one of the paleontologists who has been studying the fossil since 2011 said, “This is one of the best preserved dinosaurs in the world.” Brown and his team are currently doing CT scans to help analyze the preserved innards of the nodosaur.