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A fossilized human finger

09 May

fossilized, human, fingerA fossilized human finger. He was found by a landowner during the work to build a gravel road extracted from the limestone formation of Walnut Cretaceous Comanche Peak Formation. Recent advances in analytical techniques have provided some shocking pictures of the inside of the fossil. These images and other studies show that it is truly a human finger from someone who was rapidly buried during a catastrophic Engagement long ago. The photo above is an image that is instantly surprising rise to a Battle in our mind. Part of us says “this is a finger!” While another said “this is a false”.

The reason for this contradiction is not hard to understand. It actually looks like a finger, but we are conditioned by the “media” people and “educated” to cogent the soft tissues can not be fossilized and that man would not come onto land when the rock Cretaceous of Where does the Finger alleged, was formed.

Let’s start by answering the first dilemma. The soft tissue of the finger is fossilized and preserved with exceptional detail even when the organism is quickly buried immediately or shortly before death. This fact can be observed in well-preserved fossils of worms that were found in different countries, and whose picture below proves the existence.

With the conditions of rapid burial, the body of individual cellules can mineralize and harden individually, preserving microscopic details of the plant or animal origin. How to see inside of a fossil?
There are two methods.
The first, called sectioning, is to use a fine diamond saw to cut through the fossil in the section we want to study, and then clean the surface of the knife and the differences in tissues and in colors as shown above in the first photo.

When done well, this method shows very fine interior details. Unfortunately, this system “breaks” the fossil and causes problems for other types of test.

The second system, though less destructive, is to use some forms of radiation such as X-rays to penetrate the rock and record on film density variations inside. Simple techniques of X-rays can not show distinct differences between the bone and stone, which tend to have similar density. The CT scanner is an improvement which overcomes these limitations by focusing on a thin portion of the samples.

This is the method adopted for internal pictures of fossils found in this article.

The hand is a magnificent set of levers (bones), cables and pivot and pulley (joins). It allows a pitcher throwing a ball to curve in a specific location or a violinist to play a concert of Paganini. Some of these “devices” are present in the scanner makes a finger and fossilized shown here.

The side view of the monster black areas that are interpreted as the inner parts of bone and bone marrow. These areas have less density compared to the surrounding stone, and are more easily penetrated by X-rays, causing a darkening of the image. In the picture you can see also the slightly less dark areas due to isolation. The top view clearly shows the area of the nail and cuticle, including a very fine bow where the nail is located under the skin of the cuticle. And the second part of our mental battle then? This fossil is absolutely human in appearance, also indoors and out. but it was found in Cretaceous rock, dated ago about a hundred million years. This suggests three possible solutions:
Some dinosaurs had fingers almost human.
A prehistoric mollusk had internal and external characteristics identical to a human finger.
Or humans, as shown by other evidence, were already present during the Cretaceous Period.

 
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