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.
Now California State University at Northridge has paid Armitage a six-figure sum to settle his wrongful termination suit based on religious discrimination.
While the university admits no wrongdoing, Armitage’s attorney said they feared losing a protracted lawsuit because of a “smoking gun” email that backed the plaintiff’s case.
Armitage’s complaint, and this voluntary settlement is not an indication of wrong-doing,” according to a CSUN statement published in .
I’ve talked to countless single men over the years about their experiences with women, especially those in midlife and beyond.“Evolution is structure supported by two pillars: one is chance, and the other is time.Chance is required because we obviously can’t say that a thinking force created life on earth. If you kick out one of those two pillars the whole structure collapses,” Armitage noted.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.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 .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.He engaged students in his lab with Socratic dialogue over the issue of the earth’s age based on his and others’ research, he said.In May 2012, Armitage went on a dinosaur dig at the famous fossil site of Hell Creek in Montana, where he unearthed the largest triceratops horn ever found there.