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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

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Here's the lie, right from the get go..."I use to be a Christian but decided to take the red pill and dig deep and the just like Timothy Guy I grew into the type that questions everything..."
You never were a Christian despite your claim, and the research you claim as supporting your position has been refuted in every instance.
A bona fide Christian is known by their fruit, so too are you.
I suggest if you are able, reverse course and re-examine everything but this time ask the Almighty to guide you.
Then we'll accept your findings, maybe an apology too, to Y'shua would be a good idea.

Long before the Sumerians wrote their stories on stone or animal skin, people passed stories down through oral tradition. And before mankind, the Gospel was written in the stars (constellations, see book of Job). So who has the copyright on the truth? God. And His Word still stands the tests of time no matter how much the world tries to destroy it.

I use to be a Christian but decided to take the red pill and dig deep and the just like Timothy Guy I grew into the type that questions everything so I researched the origins of the Christian church in stead of just listening to the pastor and the people around me and I discovered that there were guru's created before Jesus in other countries and religions that of the same character for example the virgin birth, born on dec 25, died and resurrected and had 12 followers etc... I also studied ancient history and other religions also... Christianity is the largest most social ally accepted cult and that is a fact.

The King James Bible Authority version in which even my pastor at the time pushed to be the version to read was created by Sir Francis Bacon and under the supervision of the Free Masons...

The story of creation goes all the way back to the Samaritan era which was thousands of years before the bible was written. The Samaritan text speak of the the Gods they worship creating Adam but they called him "Adama" which means "earthling" in Hebrew... The text also state that Adama was created to start the human race for slave purposes in order to help the "Gods" mine for gold...

The book of Quran the text of Islam tells the story of the virgin birth of Jesus in a different way...

The Bible is just a bunch of stories taken from other religious texts put together and the stories were rebooted tweaked to fit in with the trend during the time it was written. Just like how movies are getting reboots but Hollywood will do some tweaking to the story to make it fit in today's socially accepted market...

The bible states obey the laws of the land... Ok that would be a perfect verse for controlling the masses, The bible also states being gay is sin. Well in today's world being gay is socially accepted and gay marriage is being legalized one state at a time.... Obeying the laws of the land and being gay is a sin do not go together anymore...

When the Roman Empire perished and the Catholic Church took over in which the church would love to rule again. The law was pretty much you bow down and worship their Guru or you die.... They believed the world was flat and there was a man who said he believed the world is round and also believed we are not alone in this universe and this honest man was sentenced to death by the church... This religion has been forced upon the world for a long time and to this day people come knocking at my door to come to church lol

The church now is a billion dollar industry that doesn't pay taxes... There is a documentary that shows how the Vadican owns a lot of businesses under the table out there but they won't show the profits as business but as profit made through the church in order to avoid taxes...

Just do your own research and you will find the truth

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Um wow, it's a little intense in here. I'm super excited by the finding and upset by the firing. 

love, light and blessings

AB

No. He did his job by finding soft tissue. He was fired because he had the audacity to question the current dogma of evolution.

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