Questioning the official story on when dinosaurs lived
“Wouldn’t it be cool if dinosaurs were still alive?” one young visitor to the Glendive Dinosaur & Fossil Museum exclaimed as the skeletons of T-Rex and Acrocanthosaurus towered over him. With the recent release of the movie Jurassic World, people are once again enamored with dinosaurs and what it would be like with Triceratops and Ankylosaurus roaming the plains of Montana.
According to many paleontologists, the dinosaurs died out approximately 65 million years ago, long before humans walked the planet. While often proclaimed as an irrefutable fact, how can the belief in a 65 million year old extinction event be verified?
Many evidences have been proposed to determine the age of the dinosaurs. Some say that the sediment laid down on top of the dinosaur bones took millions of years to deposit confirming that the dinosaurs died out millions of years ago. The findings of some radiometric dating methods have also been touted as proof of the age of the layers the dinosaur bones are found in.
But what happens when empirical evidence contradicts commonly held beliefs? Within the last ten years, scientists have begun to discover soft tissue (collagen protein, red blood cells, pliable blood vessels, and bone cells) inside dinosaur bones. Not only have they found soft tissue, but they have also discovered Carbon 14 (C-14) still present in uncontaminated dinosaur bone samples collected in the Glendive area.
Why would the presence of C-14 contradict the belief that the dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago? All living organisms absorb C-14 during their lifetime. When the organism dies the C-14 begins to decay and eventually (after approximately 100,000 years) no measureable C-14 would be left. Should there be any C-14 in dinosaur bones? Not if they are 65 million years old. Yet we find C-14 in many dinosaur bones! How is this possible?
From the perspective of those who believe the dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago, the data must be wrong. Some have claimed that we are mistakenly dating a sample that isn’t dinosaur bone or that the sample has been contaminated. But great care was taken in collecting the samples and only reputable labs were used to date the samples and these labs use accepted scientific protocols to remove all possible contaminants before the testing is done.
The Glendive Dinosaur & Fossil Museum presents all exhibits in the context of Biblical history. If the earth was created about 6,000 years ago with a global flood destroying all land creatures other than those on the ark about 4,000 years ago, we would expect to find measurable C-14 in dinosaur bones.
We would encourage you to come visit the museum for this and other exciting discoveries taking place in our area. The museum will be open on November 27, 28 and December 26, 29, and 30 from 10 a.m. to 5p.m. Hope to see you there!
Robert Canen is the Vice President of Administration for the Glendive Dinosaur and Fossil Museum.