Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Augusta Chronicle of Augusta, Georgia. It’s titled What became of dinosaurs? The newspaper has a comments section, but you have to be logged in to read them.
Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. His first name is Gil. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
One subject often discussed in science is how old dinosaurs were and what happened to them. In the April 20 Augusta Chronicle, there was an article on this subject.
We can’t find that article, but it doesn’t matter. Gill says:
Many answers are given, but no one really knows just what happened to the dinosaurs. I once asked Ken Ham, of the Creation Museum, “What happened to the dinosaurs?” and he answered, “They died!”
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! He consulted Hambo! Let’s read on:
While we may not know for sure what happened to the dinosaurs, we are learning more about their age because dinosaur fossils are found with elastic blood vessels.
[*Groan*] Gil is referring to the research by Mary Schweitzer, which has been endlessly twisted, distorted, and misrepresented by creationists. We wrote about it in Dinosaur Fossils Found with Hot Red Meat?, and there’s also a rebuttal to the creationists’ silliness at the TalkOrigins Index to Creationist Claims.
Gil continues, giving us the perverted creationist version of Schweitzer’s research, which he undoubtedly got from a creationist website, probably Hambo’s:
On Nov. 15, 2009, CBS’ 60 Minutes aired a show featuring a 68-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex. Mary Schweitzer, a professor at North Carolina State University, said there were transparent blood vessels, and soft tissue she would have expected to find if it had been modern bone. This is impossible. This bone is 68 million years old. Organic material can’t possibly survive even 1 million years, let alone 68 million.
That was seven years ago, and Gil is still angry. We don’t remember that show, and we have no idea if Schweitzer was part of it or if Gill is just tossing her in as a rebuttal. Probably the latter. Oh, wait — Gil didn’t even need to see the show. We found an article at Hambo’s website which is undoubtedly the source of his information: What was Missing on 60 Minutes Sunday Evening?
But that wasn’t enough of an outrage for Gill. He tells us:
No one questioned that maybe the dating system was off. Because there was no outcry from churches, CBS reran the show Dec. 26, 2010 – the day after Christmas.
Gasp — the day after Christmas! Have they no shame? Gil’s righteous fury is boundless:
The evidence of blood vessels in a 68-million-year-old T-rex is not important! It is the preservation of the theory!
Those infernal evolutionists will do anything to preserve their theory! In Gil’s final paragraph, he clearly explains why evolution is useless:
A theory, if one stops to think about it, cannot explain how life started.
Wow — what a powerful conclusion! Great letter, Gil.
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