Friday, 17 February 2017

Exceptionally Well Preserved Cambrian Soft Tissues Defy Belief in Millions of Years

Image courtesy of Smokeybjb, Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0).

Joel Kontinen

We might not expect to find soft tissue in fossils that are assumed to be 500 million years old.

But this has happened, and not just once or twice but repeatedly and recently it happened again.

A paper published in Nature reports on hyoliths that it defines as “abundant and globally distributed ‘shelly’ fossils that appear early in the Cambrian period and can be found throughout the 280 million year span of Palaeozoic strata.”

The abstract mentions “exceptionally preserved soft tissues [that] include an extendable, gullwing-shaped, tentacle-bearing organ surrounding a central mouth.”

While finding soft tissue in dinosaur bone has become rather commonplace, researchers have discovered exceptionally well preserved soft tissues in many other animals as well, for instance in birds, fish and marine reptiles.

This suggests that life on Earth is a lot more younger than evolutionists would have us believe.


Moysiuk, Joseph et al. 2017. Hyoliths are Palaeozoic lophophorates. Nature 541, 394–397.