“A small inlet in the country of Scotland became the center of attention this week after supposed dinosaur footprints were found tracking in massive lines back and forth on the plot of land. The land has been in recent news for finding several large “Plesiosaur” skeletons, completely intact under a shallow waterway. After removal and radio-carbon dating by some of the top Paleontologists in The European Scientific Institute of Science, the skeletons examined were dated at 273 million years old.
273 million years old makes this discovery the oldest dinosaur bones found in the world, to date.
A team of college students from the European Scientific Institute were selected to further study the land, and to potentially unearth additional ground breaking finds.
They were not disappointed.
Reports showed over 700 footprints by dinosaurs ranging from the size of a chicken, all the way up to nearly Prius-sized prints in the soil. The rain water collected within the footprints, making some tracks very difficult for the students to find. They immediately began mixing cement into the rainwater, to try and preserve the delicate prints into more manageable molds.” said iflscience.org
“Imagine you have a negative of a photograph,” senior Paleontologist student Brett Deffram explained, “it’s difficult to make out the images, so you put it through a chemical process and turn it into a photograph that you can really see. That’s what our aim is with these molds of the footprints.”
“The students seemed to be racing the clock as the soft rainfall eroded away dozens of prints before they had a chance to properly fill them.
“It seemed very strange,” Deffram continued, “the Plesiosaurs were some of the oldest dinosaur bones ever found, yet these footprints that were visible to the naked eye, just seemed to wash away right before our eyes.”
He was not the only student that found it strange. Without the completed molds of all 700 footprints, the students scrambled to preserve the few salvageable prints that remained. As they hovered in attempts to cover the drying cement and shield it from the rain, they saw several figures running by, in large trench coats.
“I wasn’t sure what to think,” student Sarah O’Donnell stated of the figures, “they tried to shuffle between the trees, holding these big, bulky coats. At first I was fearing for my life.”
Both O’Donnell and Deffram noticed small items falling from the coats. Leaving their posts, they ran to investigate.
“I picked up one of the items that had fallen from the coat, and saw that it was a bone,” said Deffram, “or at least I thought it was a bone.”
As they caught up with the people who had dropped the bones, they called for them to stop. The students and their mentors were the only ones allowed on the property, because of the serious nature of preserving any and all finds.” said iflscience.org
“When I saw the face of the man who had dropped the bone, I instantly recognized him as the same man who found the Plesiosaurs,” O’Donnell continued, “he was a local legend. At least for those of us majoring in Paleontology.”
“When the man tried to face the pair, his trench coat ripped open.
“It was a mess of plaster, shaping tools, paper cutouts to trace dinosaur shapes, wads of cash, and a Windows CD and instruction manual for a 3D printer,” at this point O’Donnell had her head down as she spoke, “that’s when it hit me that it was all fake. The fossils, bones, footprints, everything. All for money.”
It has oftentimes been stated that the field of Paleontology is a dying breed of pseudoscience, kept alive by the Big Museum complex. Revered as similar to Astrology or Phrenology, less and less students were opting into the field during the early 1900’s.
THE FUNDING FOR THE FIELD AND THE SALARY FOR THE PALEONTOLOGISTS HAS INCREASED 10 FOLD IN JUST THE PAST 5 YEARS, ALONE.
The advent of Haliburton and Big Oil may have very easily been the catalyst needed to resurrect the ideas of “fossils.” What better way to convince the populous of a mythical creature than to fund it with government spending and the idea of “fossil fuels.”
Soon, museums across the globe were taking their part of the “fossil” pie and cashing in on the big time spending. Paleontology was born and suddenly the few small bone fragments (ie early dinosaurs) found by just one person grew overnight into an entire industry.
Over recent years, 3D printing has streamlined the process into something that can be quickly reproduced on a mass scale. What was one day a craft utilizing plaster and molds, can be replicated in under 60 seconds with this technology.
The funding for the field and the salary for the Paleontologists has increased 10 fold in just the past 5 years, alone.” said iflscience.org
“The money is still tempting,” O’Donnell mentioned at the end, “who wouldn’t want fame and fortune? I just don’t know if I’d be able to live with myself.”