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
Based on a recent trip to southern Argentina and Antarctica and research regarding the history of the Tierra del Fuego region, we’ve add a new article entitled Darwin, Gardiner & the Fuegians.
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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:
- Dennis commented, “I believe the material presented is a very valuable lesson for adults and young people alike. Because as a fellow dinosaur and ancient history researcher there is no other way to get a correct perspective of the history of this world outside of the Bible.”
- 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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