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Discovery Magazine 7/1/2007

It Couldn’t Last That Long!

What happens to a chicken bone that gets left outside in the yard? Most of the time a dog or cat eats it or buries it in the ground. But what would happen if it were buried very quickly? It might turn into a chicken-bone fossil. A fossil is something that is left by a plant, animal, or person. When a fossil forms, the bone and stuff inside the bone (like bone marrow or blood cells) are replaced by minerals that are hard like rock. The minerals form in the exact shape of the bone. So, if our chicken bone fossilized, we would dig up a very hard, rocky replica of our bone.

This process sometimes occurred with dinosaur bones. They are buried in the ground and the actual bones, blood cells, and bone marrow are replaced with minerals. Have you ever wondered how old these fossils from dinosaurs are? Scientists who believe in evolution tell us that the fossils from dinosaurs are over 60 million years old. But that simply is not the truth.

Recently, something happened that helps disprove the idea that dinosaur bones are millions of years old. Scientists uncovered a fossil from a Tyrannosaurus rex. But when they broke the fossil open, it still had soft tissue. They had not been replaced by rocky minerals. We know that soft tissue could not last millions of years buried under ground. It would have decayed or been fossilized.

Evolutionary scientists should admit that they are wrong. They should admit that dinosaur bones are not millions of years old. But that is not what they have done. Instead, they have said that the soft tissue somehow lasted 65 million years. But that cannot be true. An honest person who found soft tissue in a dinosaur fossil would admit that the fossil could not be millions of years old. This find helps us to see that dinosaurs did not live millions of years ago, but were created by God only a few thousand years ago, during the Creation week we read about in Genesis 1.

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