By Creation Ministries International, CREATION.COM
Since the late 1990s, Dr Mary Schweitzer from Montana, an evolutionist herself, has been rocking the evolutionary/uniformitarian world with discoveries of soft tissue in dinosaur bones (see creation.com/schweit). And late in 2012, she and her team also found bone cells (osteocytes), proteins such as actin and tubulin, and DNA. None of these should be able to survive the supposed 65 million years since dinosaur extinction.
DNA is especially problematic. Most people think DNA is very stable, but in reality, about a million DNA letters are damaged in each of your cells every day. We would soon be a mutated mess without special repair enzymes (creation.com/dna-repair). Researchers have also measured how long DNA could survive even protected by bone. They show that even at below freezing –5°C (23°F), DNA would be totally disintegrated after 6.83 million years—only about a tenth of the assumed dinosaur evolutionary age. Yet Schweitzer's team found DNA intact enough to form a double helix.
Could this be contamination from bacteria? No: the DNA was found right where we would expect it to be found in a dino cell. Further, Schweitzer's team detected histones. These are little protein balls upon which DNA is wound in eukaryotes (organisms with cell nuclei) like dinosaurs and man, not in bacteria. •
• For more about this powerful refutation of millions-of-years dogma, see creation.com/dino-dna.
• Molecular analyses of dinosaur osteocytes support the presence of endogenous molecules, Bone, 17 October 2012.
• The half-life of DNA in bone: measuring decay kinetics in 158 dated fossils, Proc. Royal Society B 279(1748):4724-4733, 7 December 2012.