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Research Article

Dinosaurian Soft Tissues Interpreted as Bacterial Biofilms

  • Thomas G. Kaye mail,

    tomkaye@u.washington.edu

    Affiliation: Department of Paleontology, Burke Museum of Natural History, Seattle, Washington, United States of America

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  • Gary Gaugler,

    Affiliation: Microtechnics Inc., Granite Bay, California, United States of America

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  • Zbigniew Sawlowicz

    Affiliation: Department of Geology, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

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  • Published: July 30, 2008
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0002808
  • Published in PLOS ONE

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Collagen

Posted by JoeF on 31 Jul 2008 at 06:08 GMT

Tom,

Nice paper. I am not sure about the collagen comparisons. Isn't Schweitzer's work more convincing that it is animal collagen based on sequence data? The title of the paper you cited only referred to sequence regions that are homologous between the collagen like proteins in animals and bacteria..in this regard doesn't Schweitzer have more support for the claim of animal collagen. What are your thoughts.


RE: Collagen

TomKaye replied to JoeF on 31 Jul 2008 at 17:37 GMT

Joe,

We are not experts on the biochemistry that the Schweitzer team used to detect collagen. We are taking that data at face value as true and not arguing against their protein detections.

Tom