More soft tissue has been discovered among fossils that are supposedly millions of years old. In 2008 a “2-million-year-old” fossil ape was discovered in Malapa, South Africa, with skin attached. Paleoanthropologist Lee Berger told BBC News, “It looks like skin; it’s in the right position to be skin” (“Skin Sample Is Two Million Years Old?” ICR, Dec. 13, 2011). That same year BBC News reported on fossil feathers that have retained their pigment colors (“Fossil Feathers Reveal Their Hues,” July 8, 2008). The colors are created by biological melanosomes that have been preserved. In 2009, researchers reconstituted dried ink from a “150 million-year-old” fossil squid’s ink sac. They even used the ink to draw a picture of what the extinct squid looked like. Scientists were “stunned” that it “still looks as if it is modern squid ink” (Archaeology Daily News, Aug. 18, 2009).
In 2010, the journal PLoS ONE reported on a mosasaur fossil (a 40-foot-long marine reptile) at the Dinosaur Institute of the National History Museum of Los Angeles County, supposedly millions of years old, with retina pigment, dried blood residue, and “preservation of skin structures from all parts of the body” (“Convergent Evolution in Aquatic Tetrapods,” PLoS ONE, 5 (8): e1198, 2010). Earlier this year PLoS ONE reported on a “34-million-year” old cuttlefish fossil with organic chitin remaining in the cuttlebone (“Fossil Cuttlefish Has Original Tissue,” ICR, Dec. 14, 2011). Other researchers found chitin in a scorpion that is supposedly hundreds of millions of years old (“Evolution Can’t Explain Organic Fossils,” ICR, Dec. 15, 2011). The scientists who are studying these discoveries have admitted they don’t know how it is possible that such biomaterial is present in fossils that are supposed to be millions of years old. Professor Mike Benton of the University of Bristol asks, “How do you square that with the well-known fact that the majority of organic molecules decay in thousands of years?” (“Fossil Feathers Reveal Their Hues,” BBC News, July 8, 2008). The only answer they have is that since they KNOW that the fossils are millions of years old, it must therefore be possible for biomaterial to last millions of years! This isn't science; it’s circular reasoning; it’s myth making.
(Friday Church News Notes, October 26, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143)