Recently, AIG was falsely accused of misrepresentation. However, below is an indication of common reporting which is misleading. In addition to that, even while the scientific reports are presumably accurate,
> The hadrosaurid remains are almost entirely disarticulated, show little evidence of weathering, predation, or trampling, and are typically uncrushed and unpermineralized (Fiorillo et al. 2010; Gangloff and Fiorillo 2010).2 [emphasis mine]
> Permineralization refers to the most common process of fossilization where the spaces in the bones are filled by minerals and the remains are turned to stone. So, when the scientists say that the bones are “typically…unpermineralized,” what they mean is that we are not dealing with fossils, but comparatively ‘fresh’ dinosaur bones (quibbles about the definition of ‘fossil’ notwithstanding). One might think this would be newsworthy information! But quite to the contrary, the AP article reported the findings in this way:
> A paper published on Tuesday concluded that fossilized bones found along Alaska’s Colville river were from a distinct species of hadrosaur (the guardian.com)
…1 [emphasis mine]
*> Not only did the fact that they were unfossilized not make it into the article, but it actually states falsely that the bones were fossilized. You can be sure that almost none of the people who read that online article will take the time to go back and check its accuracy against the original published paper. Paul Price, *http://creation.com/unpermineralized-hadrosaur-bones-alaska
Like the findings of dinosaur tissue and dinosaur dna this is unusual and unexpected. These fossils were found in the 1960s and thought to be mammals, not dinos. What evidence is there that we can expect non-fossilized remains to survive this long without complete deterioration? Certainly these animals were not frozen initially, since they lived and presumably died in a warm environment… the claim is that the environment in which they died was at least about 5-9C, if not warmer. Furthermore, the bones are disconnected, not whole-scale frozen as the mammoths appeared to be.