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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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I agree. If there is a "creator" of some sort, a grand Architect of the universe, and it made the system of give and take within which we now live, where to sustain one life, other life must be sacrificed, such that life as we know it consists of everything eating everything else all the time...then maybe it could make sense if there is some intrinsic lessons to be learned from existing within such a system, but it doesn't make sense if it is some kind of blind "ultimate test" that you get one shot at and if you fail you spend eternity in horrible suffering. All that hellfire and brimstone BS sounds to me a lot more like authoritarian government propaganda attempts to control people through fear, and since "separation of Church and State" is a relatively new idea, it makes sense why that kind of fearmongering junk is mixed in with many religious beliefs. When Government and religion are merged, it ceases to be a spiritual practice and becomes a tool of control for the State, IMO.

Again, I am not a religious person. But I am interested in philosophy, mythology, and spiritual practices, along with my interests in ancient mysteries, astronomy, and physics. I have no idea if there is a creator. Such a thing is difficult for me to imagine clearly. But it is almost more difficult for me to imagine that there isn't one. Neither scenario seems very likely. But it must be one or the other, right...? Are there other possibilities? I don't know.
What I do know, from my own studies of mythology and spiritual practices, is that the stories, lessons, teachings, etc. of such things should never be taken literally or at face value. They shouldn't be taken at face value because that is the exoteric meaning, and these things always have the true meanings hidden behind the exoteric meaning--occulted, if you will--that is the esoteric meaning. And they shouldn't be taken literally because they have often gone through multiple translations, across many eras of time, through disparate cultures. Core lessons can survive such wranglings only if they are not dependent on literal meanings....which seems part of the reason why the lessons are esoteric, rather than exoteric and literal. Someone knew what they were doing.

So yeah, the concept of an all knowing all caring all loving omnipotent creator that gives everyone one chance to get it right and throws you into a boiling pit of sewage for all eternity of you fail...well, that's absurd. And it's absurd because it is a nasty mix of medieval government BS and a failure to comprehend the true meanings of esoteric lessons. IMO.

If life as we know it is such a "miniscule bit of the entirety of our conscious existence", then what kind of all-knowing god would judge us for how we spend that life? Only a sadist would put a blind and ignorant being into a dangerous environment and expect it to do everything right or suffer forever.

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