The Hummingbird Dinosaur
“As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.”
Another day, another dinosaur! A recent article in Nature announced the discovery of a tiny dinosaur skull. The article starts with these words:
Dinosaurs were big, whereas birds –which evolved from dinosaurs – are small…. The smallest dinosaurs weighed hundreds of grams, but the smallest living bird, the bee hummingbird, weighs only 2 grams.
The newly discovered dinosaur has been given the name Oculudentavis khaungraae. Its tiny skull was found encased in Burmese amber. Evolutionists have suggested a date of 99 million years old for this fossil.
Pictures accompanying some articles show a tiny creature, looking a bit like a hummingbird, but with a long beak, filled with tiny teeth. The pictures show the creature’s wings outstretched, covered with feathers. Interestingly, the article keeps switching between referring to the creature as a dinosaur and as a bird. Although not stating the case as such, the article seems to suggest this fossil is some sort of missing link between dinosaurs and birds because evolutionists believe that birds evolved from dinosaurs.
Sober judgment requires us to point out a few problems. The fossil does not have wings or feathers; it is just a fossil skull. And if the creature is a bird, then its evolutionary date requires it to have been living about 30 million years before dinosaurs are supposed to have died out.
Instead, we should see this new creature as part of God’s wonderful design. He made it for His good pleasure.
Prayer: Father, we pray You will guide those who study and classify animals. May there be more such people who honor and glorify Your Name. Amen.
Author: Paul F. Taylor
Ref: Rice, D. (2020), New species of tiny ‘bird-dinosaur’ discovered trapped in 99-million-year-old amber, < https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/03/11/tiny-bird-dinosaur-discovered-trapped-99-million-year-old-amber/5014221002/ >, accessed 3/13/2020. Image: CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported.
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