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TNRTB Classic: Ancient Collagen Explained

A few days ago, I explained why the recovery of cuttlefish fossils containing the organic material chitin fails to support the young-earth model.

The discovery of 35-million-year-old chitin is not the first time paleontologists have unearthed soft-tissue remnants associated with fossils. Researchers have identified the remnants of blood vessels, blood cells, and collagen associated with dinosaur fossils. Young-earth creationists also claim these discoveries as support for their view.

Last summer, I published an article describing how collagen could survive for 65 million years. Check out the article below for more reasons why the persistence of organic materials for millions of years is easily explained and doesn’t challenge the ancient dates of these and other fossils.

Subjects: Scientific Evidence for a Young Earth?

Dr. Fazale Rana

In 1999, I left my position in R&D at a Fortune 500 company to join Reasons to Believe because I felt the most important thing I could do as a scientist is to communicate to skeptics and believers alike the powerful scientific evidence—evidence that is being uncovered day after day—for God’s existence and the reliability of Scripture. Read more about Dr. Fazale Rana