Someone shared a link on Facebook recently to an article on a recent dinosaur find in the Gobi Desert. The article is titled Paleontologists discover Dinosaur Foot with Tissue and Skin and was published in The European Union Times on 21 May 2014. It can be found at http://www.eutimes.net/2014/05/paleontologists-discover-dinosaur-foot-with-tissue-and-skin/
What makes this find so fascinating and much more interesting than most dinosaur finds, is that the dinosaur foot they discovered still had preserved tissue and skin.
Unfortunately I couldn’t find any reference to this outside of popular (and unfortunately creationist) media to verify the truthfulness of this. If any of the readers with subscriptions to scientific journals can get hold of something, it would be greatly appreciated.
I am not a qualified palaeontologist, biologist, pathologist or any other relevant –ologist for that matter, so I cannot comment in any serious fashion on this. Therefore my next sentence should be read for what it is: a layman giving an opinion. Here goes: it does seem little short of miraculous (for lack of a better word) that skin and tissue could be preserved for around 70 million years. I always thought that the only way even a skeleton could survive for so long would be through fossilisation. I didn’t even think it would be possible for soft tissue to survive remotely that long.
That aside, think of the potential consequences. If the skin and tissue could survive, there might even be some DNA in there. Sequencing of dino DNA, potential cloning even. Heck, this is the stuff good movies are made of. We are really living in exciting times.
I really and truly hope this find is real and not some or other hoax. It would be terribly disappointing.