DINO D.N.A.! Dinosaur Fossil is Best Preserved Of Its Kind
In a video from 2017, National Geographic showcases what experts are saying to be the "best preserved of its kind" dinosaur fossil. This incredible specimen is nearly 18 feet long and weighing in at over 3,000 pounds. The "experts" estimate its age to be around 110,000,000 years old. Apparently this fossil came equipped with a birth certificate.
However this find, along with others that are beginning to emerge are painting a very different picture when it comes to the age of these fossilized remains. Take the discovery by Mary Schweitzer of North Carolina State University who in 2005 found collagen fibers in the fossilized leg bone of a Tyrannosaurus rex. The estimates on this discovery place the fossil between 75,000,000 and 95,000,000 years old. The problem that is arising within the scientific community is that at best, under 100% ideal conditions the "experts" say that soft tissue has a maximum lifespan of 1,000,000 years.
How is it that the estimated age of these fossilized remains is not lining up with the lifespan of the soft tissue? Could their estimations be wrong? Could these dinosaurs be much younger than the scientific community is estimating? What is interesting about the dinosaur in the National Geographic video is the manner in which the dinosaur is said to have died.
"Researchers suggest that the nodosaur may have been swept away by a flooded river and carried out to sea, where it eventually sank to the ocean floor." read the article here
A flood you say? Well it seems that they have gotten one detail right.