Archaeopteryx – The Thorn in Evolution’s Side

14 09 2006

Time for another trip into AnswersInGenesis.org. This time it is an article entitled: Vertebrates: animals with backbones. This article was first published in 2006 – so we can be sure that all of the claims are accurate as of today. Or can we? The article discuses Archaeopteryx as the possible missing link between reptiles and birds. It then uses it to try to disprove the theory of evolution.

Is there any clue in Archaeopteryx as to how reptilian scales evolved into feathers? No, none at all. When we find feathers as fossils, we find fully developed and functional feathers. Feathers are quite complex structures, with little hooks and eyelets for zippering and unzippering them. Archaeopteryx not only had complete and complex feathers, but feathers of several different types! As a matter of fact, it had the asymmetric feather characteristic of strong fliers. An evolutionist once claimed that penguin wings showed the transition from scale to feather. Their small feathers do overlap like scales (or roofing shingles!), but their microstructure and development are 100% feather. He might as well have claimed the feathers evolved from shingles!

I don’t think anyone has recently claimed that Archaeopteryx is the missing link. Archaeopteryx is however an early ancestor of birds. This article has this to say about feathers:

Two species of dinosaur have recently been found in northeast China which possess feathers (Qiang et al. 1998). Protoarchaeopteryx robusta and Caudipteryx zoui show regiges, rectrices and plumulaceous feather inpressions. Further, they are not birds, lacking a reverted (backwards facing) big toe (see number 2 below) and a quadrratojugal squamosal contact, having a quadrojugal joined to the quatrate by a ligament and a reduced or absent process of the ishium. These and other characters group Protoarchaeopteryx and Caudipteryx with maniraptoran coelurosaurs rather than birds.

Basically it comes down to this: regardless of whether or not Archaeopteryx is the missing link between dinosaurs and birds, it doesn’t prove or disprove the theory of evolution.  Unlike creationists, who claim to know the truth – science understands that they don’t.  Scientists use theories to explain things.  As new evidence is discovered the theories are tweaked.  Genesis is never tweaked.  The theory of evolution was never and will never be riding on the back of Archaeopteryx.  You’d think someone who supposedly used to teach college biology would know that – or at least do their research.

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15 09 2006
Kate

Now I hate to criticize your methods here, but you are jumping into the meat of their discussion without ever telling me about their bat-shit-crazy introduction to dinosaurs!!!

http://www.answersingenesis.org/docs/2.asp

“The Bible tells us that God created all of the land animals on the sixth day of creation. As dinosaurs were land animals, they must have been made on this day, alongside Adam and Eve, who were also created on Day Six (Genesis 1:24-31). If God designed and created dinosaurs, they would have been fully functional, designed to do what they were created for, and would have been 100% dinosaur. This fits exactly with the evidence from the fossil record.

Evolutionists declare that no man ever lived alongside dinosaurs. The Bible, however, makes it plain that dinosaurs and people must have lived together. Actually, as we will soon see, there is a lot of evidence for this.”

WHAT!!! They think that dinosaurs lived with people? And their proof of that is that people wrote about dragons? What about carbon-fucking-dating? These nut bags get their panties all in a bunch about how evolution can’t be true because they can’t find fossil evidence of missing links, but they don’t much mind that there is overwhelming fossil evidence indicating that humans and dinosaurs were separated by millions of years?

I have to go to the hospital now. My head just exploded.

15 09 2006
Mitchell

Actually this was covered when I explained how they managed to get the dinosaurs onto the arc. (they used teenagers so they would fit). And they don’t believe carbon dataing cause it conflicts with their book.

18 09 2006
Kate

have you seen this article

http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/story?id=2455343&page=1

“Speaking in tongues, weeping for salvation, praying for an end to abortion and worshipping a picture of President Bush — these are some of the activities at Pastor Becky Fischer’s Bible camp in North Dakota, “Kids on Fire,” subject of the provocative new documentary, “Jesus Camp.”

“I want to see them as radically laying down their lives for the gospel as they are in Palestine, Pakistan and all those different places,” Fisher said. “Because, excuse me, we have the truth.”

“A lot of people die for God,” one camper said, “and they’re not afraid.”

“We’re kinda being trained to be warriors,” said another, “only in a funner way.”

18 09 2006

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