Scientist dismissed after soft tissue found on dinosaur fossil


A microscope scientist working for California State University has been fired following the discovery that a Triceratops horn still contained soft tissue complete with bone cells “that look alive”, according to a report in CBS Los Angeles . The scientist, whose analysis of the Triceratops horn was published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal, is also an evangelical creationist, and claimed that the finding supports the view that Earth is 6,000 years old and that dinosaurs roamed the planet around 4,000 years ago. While the university claims the scientist, Mark Armitage, was fired for allowing his religion to interfere with his work, Armitage is suing the University for wrongful dismissal on the basis of violation to freedom of speech and academic freedom. 

Mark Armitage, a published scientist of over 30 years, was working at the Hell Creek Formation excavation site in Montanaa when he discovered one of the largest Triceratops horns ever unearthed at the site. According to conventional perspectives, the Triceratops is a genus of herbivorous dinosaur that first appeared in the late Cretaceous period, about 68 million years ago in what is now North America, and became extinct around 66 million years ago.

Example of a Triceratops horn

Example of a Triceratops horn. Photo source .

Armitage studied the fossil in the California State University lab using a high-powered miscroscope and was stunned to find soft tissue complete with bone cells.  According to Armitage, the preservation of such cells is a scientific impossibility if the dinosaur really walked the Earth over 66 million years ago. On this basis, he felt it was not unreasonable to open discussion with colleagues and students about the implications of such a finding being that the creationist perspective is correct and that dinosaurs existed much later than mainstream science maintains. The results of Armitage’s analysis of the soft tissue was eventually published in July 2013 in the journal Acta Histochemica . Nevertheless, Armitage was fired from the University of California, which he is now fighting in court.

“Terminating an employee because of their religious views is completely inappropriate and illegal,” said Attorney Brad Dacus of Pacific Justice Institute. “But doing so in an attempt to silence scientific speech at a public university is even more alarming. This should be a wakeup call and warning to the entire world of academia.”

While numerous examples of suppression of ‘academic freedom’ can be cited in which scientists have been discriminated against for presenting views that conflict with mainstream perspectives, Armitage made the ‘unscientific’ mistake of assuming that the dinosaur must be only several thousand years old simply because the process in which the cells were preserved was not understood by him.

In fact, the finding of the soft tissue is not the first of its kind.  Several ground-breaking discoveries in the last decade have revealed preserved soft tissue on dinosaur remains, such as the recent finding of 68-milion-year-old soft tissue from the bones of a Tyrannosaurus rex. However, Mary Schweitzer, a molecular paleontologist at North Carolina State University, who headed up the research on the T. rex remains, explained that the soft tissue was able to be preserved by iron in the dinosaur’s body, which preserved the tissue before it could decay.

The legal case surrounding Armitage’s dismissal opens up many important questions about academic freedom, whether science and religion can ever truly coexist in harmony, and what knowledge may be unravelled by the discovery of preserved cells in the remains of dinosaurs.

Featured image: A Triceratops. Source: BigStockPhoto

By April Holloway


Clearly this raises question to the credibility of scientific dating methods. That's the point. You've been blindly following the lies fed you by mainstream science. And are quick to respond even if it doesn't make sense. The tissue found is obviously not 60 million years old. Why would you believe the city is 70000 years old?

For GOD who is able to do anything A DAY is no big deal--and many details not possible without LITERAL DAY-periods. ::bigdeal:: REGARDING DINOSAURS ::whicharementionedinjob40orthereaboutsintheBIBLE:: I would remind that fossils have been found of human footprints within dinosaur-footprints in such a way THAT THEY ARE OF THE SAME TIME+<3

I don't know if you've read the genesis account or not. I'm inclined to think not. It says "then there was evening and morning the nth day". Obviously this isn't a thousand years or even longer as you seem to be suggesting. Our days have always been 24 hours. The earth didn't suddenly start spinning faster.

Also "God" 's original name was the Tetragramaton , which has a stronger connection to the fundamental sacred geometry that governs all material physics, than to some Zeus-like childish god suffering ego-crisis, sitting up on his Jovian clouds.

Sacred texts were written in metaphor to prevent fools from understanding their esoteric meanings, for the sake of preserving their essence.

It is possible to believe in creation of the universe and the earth by a supreme being and not be in contradiction with the Bible's account of the creative days. If you were to read for yourself what it actually says. "In the beginning god created the heavens and the earth." No number is given. The time periods called, "day" are unspecified periods of time. Religious interpretations and the actual wording are not always compatible, it is true, but no reason to throw out the whole bible because some believe a literal length of time. Since the universe and the earth and all its varied life forms demonstrate order, it is logical that the creative days would have a definite beginning and end. . For example, we might say, "In your grandfather's "day" such and such. That expression refers to a period of time, not a specific number. Likewise, the Creator's timetable would naturally be much longer than a 24 hour day, or even a thousand year day, .I would always leave the door open for discussion and learning, because what if you are mistaken and too dogmatic in your viewpoint to benefit yourself? You may be missing out if a large way.


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