Letter: Dating dinosaur fossils is debatable

Letter to the editor

  • Quinn McGinnis, 5, and her dad, Sean, hunt for fossils at Dinosaur Park Saturday, Oct. 20. The park is open twice a month for amateur fossil-hunters, and several important finds have been made in the last year.
Quinn McGinnis, 5, and her dad, Sean, hunt for fossils at Dinosaur… (Photo by Nate Pesce )
November 08, 2012

The article "Dinosaur hunters know where to look in Laurel" in the Oct. 25 issue of the Laurel Leader begins, "It's true: Dinosaurs once roamed in Laurel. Of course, that was about 110 million years ago. ..."

I wonder if anyone was there to see what the reporter confidently asserts. Or do dinosaur fossils come with little tags attached saying: "Hi, I am 110 millions years old"?

Actually, the idea that fossils are millions of years old originated about 200 years ago among people such as James Hutton and Charles Lyell, who didn't like the Biblical account of Noah's flood. This idea became popular before Darwin's book on evolution and long before any radioactive dating methods were available. It has remained as an item of "faith" since then. However, soft tissue, blood vessels, cells with nuclei and protein fragments have recently been found in dinosaur fossils. (See Dr. Mary Schweitzer, "Blood from Stone," Scientific American, Dec. 2010.) Preservation of such items in dinosaur fossils is much more consistent with a recent global flood than with the dogma that dinosaurs are millions of years old.

John Doane


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