In 2005, Mary Schweitzer made a discovery that has sparked a frenzy of additional findings confirming the prediction that dinosaur fossils will be found to have things in them that could not have lasted for millions of years. Ms. Schweitzer’s discovery was featured on the program “60 Minutes,” and you can watch a short clip of that program in this video:
As you can see, the discovery which Ms. Schweitzer made was the discovery of soft tissue within the fossilized bones of a Tyrannosaurus Rex. And this was not a single, isolated incident. The video clip shows her finding similar soft tissue in the bones of a supposedly 80 million year old hadrosaur as well. Soft tissue has also been found in a “70 million year old” mosasaur, a “150 million year old” archaeopteryx, a “190 million year old” sauropod embryo, a triceratops horn and more. Ever since Ms. Schweitzer’s discovery, scientists have been finding dinosaur soft tissue in just about every fossil that they examine for its presence.
Of course, the discovery of so much soft tissue poses a problem for the old earth model. According to a 2007 article by Ms. Schweitzer, “The presence of original molecular components is not predicted for fossils older than a million years,” and a 2008 article in the journal Science explained that collagen could not be expected to last more than 700,000 years even when preserved at near freezing temperatures. This implies that the existence of these soft tissues contradicts the old earth model, and the old earth community began searching for ways to explain how soft tissue could survive for millions of years.
The most recent attempt at an explanation is Ms. Schweitzer’s 2013 paper claiming that high concentrations of iron would allow these tissues to last much longer than previously thought possible. There are several problems with Ms. Schweitzer’s proposal such as the fact that some of the fossils found to have soft tissue were found in sediments that did not have high iron concentrations. But perhaps the most conclusive evidence that fossils containing soft tissue are less than one million years old is the presence of carbon 14 in those tissues. Ms. Schweitzer’s suggestion that the presence of iron explains the existence of soft tissue in ancient fossils does not account for the fact that these fossils also contain measurable amounts of carbon 14 which decays at a steady rate regardless of the presence of iron.
In 2006, Bob Enyart of Real Science Radio offered Ms. Schweitzer’s boss, paleontologist Jack Horner, a $23,000 dollar grant to his museum if he would submit the T. Rex fossil containing soft tissue to an independent lab for a blind test of the amount of carbon 14 in that fossil. Mr. Horner stated in a recorded conversation that he would not accept the offer because he was afraid that the test might embolden young earth creationists.
Then, in 2012, Thomas Seiler gave a presentation to the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in which he documented his findings of measurable carbon 14 in 8 different dinosaur fossils. When the organizers of the AGU conference realized the implications of Mr. Seiler’s discoveries, they promptly deleted all reference to his presentation from their website. Those visiting their site today will find that presentation #5 is missing from the list of abstracts. Thankfully a screenshot of the original list of abstracts was captured by a group of young earth creationists before it was deleted, and it can be readily found online. A video of Mr. Seiler’s presentation is also available, and you can watch it in this clip: