by Brian Thomas, M.S.
Finding dinosaur DNA is as unthinkable to an evolutionist as finding a flat earth would be to a geographer. Thus, a recent report of possible dinosaur DNA promises to meet resistance, even as similar past reports received.1 What is the best interpretation of all the relevant evidence?
Dinosaur soft tissue fossil experts observed that microstructures that look just like bone cells called osteocytes might contain original DNA. They verified the presence of original proteins, including collagen, and elastin in 2009.2 Now, some of the same researchers are revealing the results of further dinosaur cell exploration. They identified the vertebrate-specific proteins actin and PHEX, as well as DNA in the dinosaur cells. Their results appear in the journal Bone.3
The researchers applied two different DNA-sensitive stains to the osteocyte structures. The stains showed faint but visible DNA in a tight central location inside the long-dead cell remnant. This clearly corresponds to the remains of the cellular nucleus, although the study authors did not specify that.
The Bone study authors also applied an antibody that only binds to a DNA-packing protein called histone H4. It, too, bound to its target in the same central region within the dinosaur bone cell as the DNA showed. The stains and antibody did not bind other parts of the cell, nor the mineral matrix that originally surrounded the fossil….
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