Dried Crinoids

Colorful crinoidsIt’s time to return to the ICR, at last. Monday’s article, by Brian Thomas, is called Evidence Doesn’t Fade from Colorful Fossils – it’s about preserved evidence of coloured tissue in 340 million year old fossil crinoids.

Some crinoid fossils are supposed to be quite colourful – I say “supposed” because while this claim would appear to be true based on what the paper says and cites, none of the pictures I’ve seen are particularly impressive (the picture above is of a living specimen, if you were confused). The paper offers an explanation for how the “biomarker molecules” were preserved, but Thomas doesn’t like it: Continue reading