Blood Cells, Blood Vessels, DNA and C-14 in Dinosaur Bones: Support for Evolution?


Dear hijas,

What would it take for an evolutionist tied to long ages and slow and gradual non-directed blind chance to be convinced that his ‘deep time’ evolutionary paradigm is wrong? Obviously not blood cells, blood vessels, protein such as collagen, and now osteocytes, DNA and C-14  found in dinosaur bones supposedly extinct for 65 million years.

Here’s the story. For the past 15 years, Dr. Mary Schweitzer, a paleontologist, working on dinosaur bones harvested from the Hell Creek Formation in Montana has been rocking the evolutionary/uniformitarian world with discoveries of soft tissue in these bones. These discoveries have included blood cells, blood vessels, and proteins such as collagen. You may have heard or read the reports about this in a T. rex bone from Smithsonian or Discover magazines.


Her more recent research has discovered something even more incredible. Working on the same T. rex femur and a large duck-billed dinosaur called Brachylophosaurus canadensis she discovered transparent cell-like microstructures with dentritic (branching, just the shape expected for osteocytes) processes, and the molecules that comprise them from both bones. Osteocytes are the most plentiful cells in bones. She also found the globular proteins actin and tubulin which are used in the bodies of vertebrates to make filaments and tubes. Bacteria can degrade cell microstructures and proteins very rapidly. Protein adhesion to adjacent minerals ‘could’ explain their survival for thousands of years, but they cannot conceivably accommodate survival over millions and millions of years.

Even more surprising was the discovery of DNA. Schweitzer’s team detected DNA in the dinosaur bones using three independent techniques. Estimates of DNA stability put its upper limit at 125,000 years at 0’C, 17,500 years at 10’C, and 2, 500 years at 20’C. DNA is highly reactive. The bases are easily damaged. It is incredulous to think DNA could last for 65 million years.

Even further surprising was news that C-14 has been detected in dinosaur bones. If we remember, C-14 has a half-life of 5730 years. See my earlier post: Our most precise scientific instruments can’t even detect C-14 over about 18 half-lives or 103, 140 years. If dinosaurs are supposedly 65 million years old, there should be no c-14 left, so why do we still detect C-14 in these bones?

What we have to remember, mis hijas, is the mindset of unregenerate men and women to deny their Creator; to suppress that knowledge with fanciful stories of origins through non-directed blind chance, life from non-life, and man from monkeys. In an attempt to deny God’s existence and His revelation in Scripture, unregenerate men and women must replace it with something else. Evolution is that creation-myth for them. Even with the scientific evidence they are finding (blood cells, soft tissue, proteins, DNA and C-14 in dinosaur bones), the belief in the myth remains strong. Dr. Mary Schweitzer couldn’t have illustrated the Siren pull of the myth any better when she said:

It was exactly like looking at a slice of modern bone. But of course, I couldn’t believe it. I said to the lab technician: “The bones are, after all, 65 million years old. How could blood cells survive that long?”

I’ll close with a story that might be illustrative of this point. There was a certain man who believed– although he was very much alive–that he was dead. His family was very, very concerned, because the man kept insisting that he was dead. Thinking to help him the family consulted a psychologist, thinking that if only the man went and talked to a psychologist he could be convinced he was alive. The man agreed, and went to see this psychologist, telling the psychologist the same thing he told his family, that he was dead. The psychologist, thinking he would once and for all disabuse him of this notion that he was dead asked the man, “Do dead men bleed?” The man answered “No, of course not!” The psychologist then proceeded to get a pin from his desk drawer and prick the finger of the man, whereby blood freely flowed from the prick. The man looked at his finger, looked at the psychologist,  and exclaimed “Wow, I guess dead men do bleed.”

Vaya con Dios mis hijas,

Dear ol’ Dad


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