Dinosaur Skin Found

Dinosaur Skin Found

Peter DeRosa — Sept. 9, 2003

Dinosaur skin is a very rare find for paleontologists. The Sternberg family found dinosaur skin samples in 1908. This was a surprising discovery for evolutionists. In the following years, two more finds of mummified dinosaurs would be attributed to the Sternbergs. The hunt for dinosaur skin has continued, about one-tenth of one percent of all dinosaurs collected have skin. If evolution were true, how could dinosaur skin survive exposed to the elements for millions of years to the present?

The question is still unanswered for the evolutionist to this day. How does dinosaur skin fossilize? According to the evolutionist, dinosaur skin fossilizes when a dinosaur dies in or near water. Then, over millions of years, the bones and skin fossilize. The results are fossilized scales or impressions of skin. In some cases the skin is preserved as soft tissue, like the dinosaur Leonardo found this year in Montana. His tissue was so well preserved that the paleontologists had to remove him in one large, 6-ton package. Leonardo is 90% mummified with spots of pigment still in the skin. The dinosaur is said to have died near a lake, and slowly the lake silt covered him and preserved him.

There are big problems with this process in order for a soft tissue fossil to form. Over any period of time, the animal would decompose if left exposed to elements after death. Decay is the biggest enemy for soft tissue fossilization or skin for mummification. The fact that time is the most critical factor for evolution is the downfall of soft tissue fossils. The presence of both skin and fossil bones points to a very complex mechanism for preservation. The fact that dinosaur bones are very dense, and thus hard to fossilize, shows the need for high-energy fossilization or rapid burial. The skin and skin impressions also require rapid burial conditions to form.

This past June, the Lord blessed us with an incredible find in South Dakota: a 90% complete skeleton of an Edmontosaurus, commonly known as a “duck billed dinosaur.” About 10% of the animal’s skin was found, complete with skin impressions. When we first recognized the skin, we immediately looked for its place of origins. The best-preserved sections of skin came from the tail and abdomen. Some other well defined skin samples were recovered from the forearm and skull. This was significant, because this was the first time creationists have been blessed with excavating dinosaur skin. Another important find was an intense ash and sulfur layer that preserved the bones; it was in this stratum that we found the skin samples. The entire site was covered with a clay/gumbo layer, filled with iron hematites. Also, found in and among the bones and stratum were: turtle shell, crocodile teeth and bones, T-rex tooth tips, dromaeosaurid or “raptor teeth”, a ceratopsidae tooth, a compy tooth, and multiple garfish scales. These finds named are a small sample of the overwhelming diversity of fossils and data collected from this site. These clues are very important to the battle against the theory of evolution. The data, I believe, points to a two-stage process brought on by the Biblical flood of Noah’s day. First, a rapid burial of this dinosaur at the opening of the catastrophic event brought dehydration of the skin, consequently, forming the skin impressions we see. Secondly, we see that raging floodwaters covered these dinosaurs. The flood waters are evidenced by the abundance of fish, amphibian fossils, and terrestrial dinosaurs found in the bone-bed. Through this data, we can see evidence for a worldwide catastrophe we call Noah’s Flood.