“And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.”
Over a decade ago, I was presented with a humorous cartoon picture of a dinosaur running uphill, flapping its arms. The picture stated it was an evolutionary view on how dinosaurs may have evolved into birds. However, at the time, I could not find a reference for this idea, so I regretfully did not use the image. Perhaps I should now try and seek it again because of a recent published study on the subject.
Researchers at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, have been studying a fossil of caudipteryx, which they claim is the “most primitive, non-flying dinosaur known to have had feathered ‘proto-wings’.” Caudipteryx was about the size of a peacock and is classified as a therapod, so it is assumed to be related to the giant tyrannosaurus. However, this classification is in doubt, and it is thought by some, including some eminent evolutionists, that caudipteryx is, in fact, a bird, so the idea of it having feathers is not in the least bit radical.
Meanwhile, the Beijing researchers built a robot caudipteryx and had it running on a treadmill. They also had it fitted with small wings. Tremors produced by the running were observed to make the wings flap.
The key to this research is their statement that this was a “key point in evolutionary history”. Evolutionists desperately want to prove the connection between dinosaurs and birds and will believe anything in order to do so.
Prayer: Thank You, Father, that we can trust absolutely what You have said about how You created this world. Amen.
Author: Paul F. Taylor
Ref: PLOS. “Running may have made dinosaurs’ wings flap before they evolved to fly: New evidence suggests that passive wing flapping may have arisen earlier than gliding flight.” ScienceDaily, 2 May 2019. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190502143530.htm>. Image: Caudipteryx , CC BY-SA, 3.0 Unported.
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