Interesting Items in the News
A July, 2016 article published in Current Biology has an article on the microscopic analysis of “melanosomes,” those small structures that carry skin pigments, which suggest the color of the dinosaur Psittacosaurus. It reveals a cryptic, dark upper body and a lightly-colored lower body. This is similar to the camouflage on many living lizards. Interestingly, the fossils of Psittacosaurus also include another Chinese specimen showing a large, furry mammal (somewhat like a Tasmanian Devil) with a Psittacosaurus amongst its stomach region. (Hu, Y. et al., “Large Mesozoic Mammals Fed on Young Dinosaurs,” Nature: 433, 2005, pp. 149-152.) So the camouflage didn’t work so well for that particular dinosaur!
Dinosaur fossilized soft tissue is quite rare. Normally soft tissue is quick to degenerate, while bones preserve much better. But a small brown pebble that a fossil hunter in Sussex England discovered almost 10 years ago was recently confirmed as the first example of preserved brain tissue from a dinosaur. Sussex was already famous because the original iguanodont teeth were discovered in the area by Gideon Mantell in 1822. The brain fossil, most likely from a species closely related to Iguanodon, displays distinct similarities to the brains of modern-day crocodiles and birds.
Recently Added to the Park
Genesis Park recently purchased a Chinese two-legged jade dragon statue by winning a Metropolitan Auction on the item. It is fascinating to contemplate that there are two-legged dragon stories from both China and Medieval Europe. They are also represented among the Acambaro figurines from ancient Mexico. While we haven’t found any of these in the fossil record, there are two-legged lizards still alive today. It might be that this represented a mutated version of the great reptilian dinosaurs that appeared post-Flood. In that case, it would be unlikely to leave any fossils before being driven to extinction. For more information on 2-legged dragons, see the Dragons in History page.
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Our Upcoming Expeditions page has been updated to reflect the initiatives planned for the next few years. We are optimistic of an exciting discovery in the near future! The DinoDave website features Dave Woetzel’s speaking schedule and an overview of “The Creation Investigation.”
A couple of recent comments from visitors to Genesis Park:
- Sonia sent this note: “Where is Genesis Park located? I’ve spent awhile searching on the website, and I guess I am just overlooking that information, but I just can’t find it.” [We responded, “Genesis Park is a virtual organization. We hope to someday capture one of the living dinosaurians to prove that their existence. Then maybe we’ll have a real facility showcasing the creature. Till then, it is web-based only.”]
- Tom writes “This page is absolute garbage. I cannot believe the irresponsibility of you and other creationists in trying to perpetuate the idea of creation at all, especially this idea that human beings lived alongside non-avian dinosaurs. …please take this site down. It’s irresponsible and incorrect. Kids read this stuff, and they believe things. Don’t fill their heads with garbage like this. They deserve better, as our whole planet does. …Religion is a waste of your life and your brain.”
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