Could soft biological tissue be preserved for millions and millions of years? Recent discoveries of soft tissue, including blood cells and blood vessels, in dinosaur fossils has the secular scientific community rethinking their views on soft tissue decomposition and preservation. [1]  These discoveries do not fit within the evolutionary paradigm. Brian Thomas of the Institute for Creation Research writes,


With a lifespan of 30,000 or so years, collagen should not exist in a 68-million-year-old sample… It would seem that the natural preservation of collagen for 68 million years would have required a miracle on the same scale as creation. [2]

Dr. Mary Schweitzer first discovered soft tissue in dinosaur fossils almost two decades ago.  She writes about her soft tissue findings in a recent issue of Scientific American.

Our findings challenged everything scientists thought they knew about the breakdown of cells and molecules. Test tube studies of organic molecules indicated that proteins should not persist more than a million years or so; DNA had an even shorter life span. [1]

Schweitzer’s work has caused many in the scientific community to question soft tissue degradation and look for answers as to how preservation is possible. In fact, some outright rejected her work before examining it.


In fact, one anonymous reviewer of a paper I had submitted for publication in a scientific journal told me that this type of preservation was not possible and that I could not convince him or her otherwise, regardless of the data. [1]


(c) David Monniaux


While evolutionists will continue to search for explanations that fit into their worldview, these discoveries pose no problem for the Bible-believing Christian, for these soft tissues cannot be older than the flood of Noah’s day. Findings like these fit well with what we already know from Scripture – dinosaurs (along with the rest of creation) were created approximately 6,000 years ago. The Flood occurred approximately 4,300 years ago and most of the dinosaur fossils that we have recovered would have been formed at this point in history. These discoveries strike yet another blow to uniformitarian thinking. Dr. John Morris writes,


While not “proving” the young age for the fossil, the discovery is obviously much more compatible with recent rapid burial and fossilization than with an age of millions of years. Indeed, it is hard to imagine how soft tissue could have lasted even 5,000 years or so since the Flood of Noah’s day when creationists propose the dinosaur was buried. Such a thing could hardly happen today, for soft tissue decays rather quickly under any condition. Clearly, non-uniform processes must have been involved. [3]


1. Schweitzer, Mary H. “Blood from Stone.” Scientific AmericanDecember 2010: 62-69.

2. Thomas, B. 2008. Dinosaur Soft Tissue: Biofilm or Blood Vessels? Acts & Facts. 37 (10): 14.

3., accessed 12/28/10.


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