Nov. 2017 Update: Corner says Mike Getty died of a heart attack.
On today's episode of RSR, Bob Enyart and Fred Williams report on the four published papers in some of the world's more prestigious science periodicals, including the journals Microbiology and Science, on living bacteria recovered from within fossils dated as 40 million, 120 million, and even 250 million years old. (Of course, widely-published discoveries of biological material from within many dinosaur bones of a half-dozen different species, of extant and still-soft original biological tissue, indicate that dinosaurs like the Thornton triceratops are only thousands and not millions of years old. And likewise, living bacteria from within amber, rock salt, etc., falsifies the claimed millions-of-years ages of those specimens.)
* Authorities Investigating Unexpected Death at Dinosaur Site: Because pathogens can survive in fossils dated (obviously incorrectly) as hundreds of millions of years old, authorities investigating the unexpected death of Mike Getty, a Denver Museum of Nature and Science fossil preparator, should consider whether he was infected by any decomposing biological matter that may still exist within the triceratops he was excavating. As Brian Switek at the Smithsonian magazine points out, paleontologist will sometimes put a specimen on his tongue in determining whether it is a small rock or a chip of bone. Until any possible cross-infection from the triceratops to Mr. Getty is ruled out, the museum should therefore caution its staff against that practice at this location.
* Local, National, and Int'l Media Reporting on Getty's Passing: The Denver Post and local TV news, the NY Daily News, the Fox News Channel, many science news outlets, and Britain's Daily Mail which reported on Mike Getty "contracting a mystery illness" and his sudden passing from unknown causes at the Thornton, Colorado triceratops excavation site. The Denver science museum said that, "All emergency management and safety protocols were followed in accordance with best practices." RSR recommends that as authorities investigate the cause of death, they should not overlook the possibility of a pathogen, bacterial contagion, etc., that may have passed from the triceratops itself to Mr. Getty.
* Update a Week Later: Roles of Endogenous Retroviruses published at cell.com in Trends in Microbiology describes what evolutionists interpret as a "retrovirus that infected our ancestors 100 million years ago". They believe that event left its signature in our human DNA. Update 2020: More than a hundred peer-reviewed journal papers have documented the preservation of ancient organisms' still-soft biological tissue (see bflist.rsr.org) including 54 papers published in 29 science journals about the preservation of original dinosaur soft tissue, showing that this is no isolated phenomenon. So the above question is valid. Was Mike Getty, dying so suddenly on the dig site, possibly infected by an ancient virus (but not one that easily jumps from human to human), perhaps when he put his tongue on a piece of dinosaur bone.
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* Vostok as Mentioned on Today's RSR Episode: For yet another confirmed RSR creation science prediction, see rsr.org/predictions#vostok.