New Feathered Fossil, But Not Simple Evolution

Posted on January 26, 2013 in Birds, Darwin and Evolution, Dinosaurs, Fossils

You would think evolutionists would celebrate this new “feathered dinosaur” instead of furrowing their brows.

Eosinopteryx brevipenna, a new fossil from China, was pretty small, according to the artist reconstruction on Live Science – less than a foot.  It looks something like a sparrow with a long tail.  Its reduced feathers suggest it was flightless.  Is it a transitional form at last?  No.  It throws out the classification of Archaeopteryx as a transitional form:

This discovery sheds further doubt on the theory that the famous fossil Archaeopteryx — or ‘first bird’ as it is sometimes referred to — was pivotal in the evolution of modern birds,” researcher Gareth Dyke, a senior lecturer in paleontology at the U.K.‘s University of Southampton, said in a statement.

“Our findings suggest that the origin of flight was much more complex than previously thought,” the article continued.  Its reduced plumage “suggests that feathering was already diversified by the Late Jurassic, adapted to different ecological niches and purposes.”  This would seem to suggest that Eosinopteryx was secondarily flightless, but the paleontologist argues it shows dinosaurs did not use their feathers for flight.

One cannot trust artist reconstructions, but just about everything in the drawing and the fossil looks suitable for a bird classification.  Why is it even being called a dinosaur?  Any why do almost all of these weird, mosaic fossils come from China?  Couldn’t some of them fly out of the reach of hoaxers?  Just asking.  Anyway, if it confuses the evolutionary story, that should be cause enough to be skeptical.

 

 

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rockyway January 26, 2013

Why is it even being called a dinosaur?’

- Anyone know? Is it simply because of the supposed age of the creature? Is it because this creature supposedly existed before birds came on the scene?

The term dinosaur seems to rely far more on date than on characteristics. i.e. “Any of various extinct, often gigantic, carnivorous or herbivorous reptiles of the orders Saurischia and Ornithischia that were chiefly terrestrial and existed during the Mesozoic Era.”

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