A friend of mine just attended the annual Meeting of the Society for Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) held this year in Mesa. Arizona. This is a four-day event starting on October 19 (Wednesday) and ending on October 22, (Saturday). He writes: "For me undoubtedly the major event of the day ... was a 15 minute report by Mary Schweitzer (from North Carolina State University). Schweitzer conformed through a series of tests that the samples taken from the T-rex (MOR 1125) were indeed soft, pliable tissue made up of, matrix, red blood cells, osteocytes and blood vessels (with clearly visible filipoda). She has compared them to the recent ostrich, Moa, and mammoth tissue. The T-rex tissue compares very well to these recent samples. Schweitzer played a Powerpoint movie of a pair of tweezer that were manually stretching the T-rex soft tissue back and forth. The audience was entranced. The T-rex tissue samples unlike the Ostrich samples did not need to be stained to show its properties. The T-rex sample did show several states of preservation. Beside the stretchable tissue and the red blood vessels there were vessels that were crystallized and would break on touching. Schweitzer has examined other T-rex tissue (MOR 555), supposedly 66 million years old and an unnamed Argentine theropod and both showed similar qualities to the T-rex (MOR 1125). She believes that these are common, not isolated phenomenon. Schweitzer is developing a hypothesis for why this remarkable preservation has happened. She contends that the element iron is a key role in the preservation of this tissue (even relating it to what happens with Alzheimer patients). She seemed relieved that there was a possible explanation that these fossils are not “a few hundred years” old." My husband had an experience which relates here. When he was in university in Australia, many years ago, he was talking with one of his professors about the possibility of a recent creation (he was not a creationist at the time). His professor said something along the lines of "Even if it were proven that the earth were created in seven literal days only a few thousand years ago, it would be the DUTY of science to find another explanation." It seems as if Mary Schweitzer is following that dictum! Anything but creation. ANYTHING!!!