Because of the remoteness and rugged terrain, the bones had to be helicoptered out but were too heavy, so the team reluctantly broke one of the leg bones into two pieces.When he got back to the lab, Horner handed some of the resulting fragments to Schweitzer to analyze.The lab assistant had only tried to eliminate the outer crust on the bone but wound up disintegrating all the hardened minerals.When Schweitzer looked at the only remaining chunk under the microscope, she couldn’t believe its elasticity. If soft tissue and proteins could be found, maybe a complete string of dinosaur DNA would crop up.By Michael Ashcraft — When Mary Schweitzer found soft tissue in dinosaur bone in 2005, her boss got mad.“Dammit, Mary, the creationists are going to love you,” Jack Horner snapped, according to what she wrote for Biologos.
Ultimately, Schweitzer’s discovery upended paleontology. “My God has gotten so much bigger since I’ve been a scientist,” she told Discover magazine. The thing that’s most important to God is our faith.
“I invite the reader to step back and contemplate the obvious,” wrote Carl Wieland on the Answers in Genesis website.
“This discovery gives immensely powerful support to the proposition that dinosaur fossils are not millions of years old at all, but were mostly fossilized under catastrophic conditions a few thousand years ago at most.” For its part, Creation praised Schweitzer’s research as “powerful testimony against the whole idea of dinosaurs living millions of years ago.
The first thing she realized was the dinosaur had been a pregnant mother because of the presence of medullary bone, which is a calcium overproduction to supply the eggs.
(Originally, the fossil had been nicknamed “Bob.”) But the real astonishment came when Schweitzer’s team dissolved some fragments in weak acid, a practice that was never done before because it dissolves bone matter.