Dinosaur Colours

2 Sep 2017

A well preserved nodosaur with skin scales, shoulder spikes, and skin colour has been written up at www.cell.com/current-biology/pdf/S0960-9822(17)30808-4.pdf (or www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(17)30808-4 )... and www.cell.com/cms/attachment/210607284/2081442662/mmc1.pdf

The links were sent in by Robert who also included another one at www.icr.org/article/10194 ... which is a condensed version of the story from a Creationist angle ...

 ... the profile of the head looks somewhat lizard like but it is a nodosaur - a dinosaur with body armour, horns, and bone like scales. Someone suggested it was mummified but it is not as well preserved as an Egyptian mummy for example, but it has preserved the scales in a remarkable fashion. Many dinosaur remains are little more than bones - or the skeleton (or pieces thereof) and this is a remarkable discovery. The icr article is almost solely concerned with the preservation of the remains, suggesting it is anomalous and must therefore be more recent in date. It may well be somewhat younger than uniformitarians allow, hamstrung by their chronology, but quite how much younger is the big question. Most of the arguments offered are about the impossibility of the state of preservation if the remains really go back over a 100 million years ago. They focus on chemical decay - but what happens when an animal body is quickly buried under a heap of sediment. If wood can be preserved in special circumstances, and wood from the dinosaur age is relatively common, why not the bony scales on a dinosaur.