Professors and students alike had praised his work managing the microscope lab.His suit alleged he was excluded from a secret meetings of the microscopy committee.In a “smoking gun” email, university officials suggested they could ease Armitage out of his part-time position by making it full-time, Reinach said.A colleague described the process as a “witch hunt,” according to . The university alleged his firing was simply a restructuring of their biology department and not a case of religious discrimination.But CSUN lost its bid to have the judge summarily throw the case out of court as groundless in July of last year.So CSUN settled with Armitage for 9,500 in 2016, according to .
You can just erase evolution off the whiteboard because of soft tissue in dinosaur bones.” Armitage was hired as a microscopist to manage CSUN’s electron and confocal microscope suite in 2010.
His findings seconded groundbreaking discoveries by noted molecular paleontologist Mary Schweitzer, who triggered an earthquake in the world of paleontology when she published about soft tissue in dinosaur bones in 2005.
(Schweitzer subsequently postulated that iron is responsible for preserving the soft tissue.) Armitage’s February 2013 study was published in the peer-reviewed , a journal of cell and tissue research. A biology professor had come into his office and said, “We are not going to tolerate your religion in this department.” Armitage fought back.
Back at CSUN, he put the fossil under his microscope and made the startling discovery: unfossilized, undecayed tissue was present.
If the dinosaur were 65 million years old, the soft tissue could not have possibly remained, he says.