September 8, 2023 | David F. Coppedge

Cool Dinosaur Tricks

Here’s how to trick people into thinking
dinosaurs evolved: use Science Fudge.



Dinosaurs bones are found all over the world, but they don’t come with videos and photos in family albums. The bones are usually scattered, incomplete and hard to identify. They usually appear to have been buried in a watery catastrophe. Lest one think dinosaurs were created and got buried in a great Flood, Darwinists have to be creative. Here are tricks of the masters driving the Darwin Dinosaur Bandwagon. They know how to pump up the crowd to love their just-so stories about “dinosaur evolution.”

  • First and foremost of all, censor all non-Darwinian views.
  • Never ask questions that a creationist would ask. Avoid mentioning soft tissue!
  • Give the dinosaur a new species name even though it looks similar to others.
  • Celebrate diversity and inclusion. Give every nation its own dinosaur.
  • Hire a good artist. Tell him/her what is needed for visual propaganda.
  • Imagine parts not represented on bones, like imaginary feathers.
  • Color the dinosaur with stripes and other markings to make it look evolved.
  • Use evolutionary words like primitive, ancestral, related, cousin, lineage, etc.
  • Spread the dinosaurs out on the timeline to avoid impressions they were contemporaries.
  • Raise the perhapsimaybecouldness index.
  • Mention any unhelpful details last in the article.
  • Don’t mention sharks and fish in the fossil bed unless you have to.
  • Use ample Jargonwocky to nudge people to think the narrative is science.
  • Tell readers that the discovery “sheds light on evolution.”
  • Leave some mysteries requiring futureware research.
  • Toss in “climate change” if you can.

Now, some examples of the tricks being performed.

Europe’s very own dinosaurs: The enigmatic Late Cretaceous rhabdodontids (PenSoft Publishers via, 30 Aug 2023). Rhabdodontids are found only in Europe. This allows Europeans to claim their “very own” dinosaurs that were different.

Although they died out well before the mass extinction in Western Europe (about 69 million years ago), potentially due to environmental changes that affected the plants they fed on, they survived much longer in Eastern Europe and were among the last non-avian dinosaurs still present before the end of the Cretaceous (66 million years ago).

Fossils of “primitive cousins of T rex” shed light on the end of the age of dinosaurs in Africa (University of Bath, 23 Aug 2023). “Fossils of two new abelisaurs have been discovered in Morocco,” this press release shows with prominent artwork of stubby-armed dinosaurs, “showing the diversity of dinosaurs in this region at the end of the Cretaceous period.” They must be “primitive” to fit the narrative. But then, dinosaur expert Nick Longrich spills the beans about their burial site:

Both were part of a family of primitive carnivorous dinosaurs known as abelisaurs, and lived alongside the much larger abelisaur Chenanisaurus barbaricus, showing that Morocco was home to diverse dinosaur species just before a giant asteroid struck at the end of the Cretaceous, ending the age of dinosaurs.

Dr Nick Longrich, from the Milner Centre for Evolution at the University of Bath, led the study. He said: “What’s surprising here is that these are marine beds.

“It’s a shallow, tropical sea full of plesiosaurs, mosasaurs, and sharks. It’s not exactly a place you’d expect to find a lot of dinosaurs. But we’re finding them.”

New reptile shows dinosaurs and pterosaurs evolved among diverse precursors (Nature, 16 Aug 2023). Do the bones of a dinosaur they named Venetoraptor look like a precursor of pterosaurs? Pretend that it is one of “other… precursors” but don’t name them. Turn on the Jargonwocky to make the Stuff Happens Law sound scientific.

Combining anatomical information of the new species with other dinosaur and pterosaur precursors shows that morphological disparity of precursors resembles that of Triassic pterosaurs and exceeds that of Triassic dinosaurs. Thus, the ‘success’ of pterosaurs and dinosaurs was a result of differential survival among a broader pool of ecomorphological variation. Our results show that the morphological diversity of ornithodirans started to flourish among early-diverging lineages and not only after the origins of dinosaurs and pterosaurs.

Pterosaurs appear abruptly in the fossil record, fully equipped for powered flight.

Researchers find fossilized nonflying precursor to pterosaur in Brazil (, 17 Aug 2023).  The artwork in this report about Venetoraptor makes it look like it is running and trying to flap its arms to fly.  It looks nothing like a pterosaur otherwise, except for some fingers slightly longer than others. The reporter never listed the requirements for powered flight. The artist gave it imaginary feathery fuzz on its imaginary head. The abrupt appearance of pterosaurs fully capable of powered flight is a long-standing problem for evolution.

The find adds more evidence to theories that lagerpetids are more closely related to pterosaurs than dinosaurs. Such theories suggest that eventually, a common ancestor between lagerpetids and pterosaurs arose, leading to the latter dominating the skies.

Newly discovered dinosaur roamed South-East Asia 200 million years ago (New Scientist, 26 July 2023). The artist gave this one a pink head and green body. Scientists gave it a new genus and species name to give bragging rights for Asians. Otherwise, it looks like other theropods.

Scientists explore dinosaur ‘coliseum’ in Denali National Park (University of Alaska, 12 Aug 2023). This find is quite remarkable: hundreds of dinosaur tracks on a wall 20 stories high. How did the tracks get that way? The “official” explanation is that the layers of tracks represented a “sequence of time” that occurred over “thousands of years.” And yet trackways are rarely preserved. Did conditions stay the same here for a period equal to all of human history? The story must stretch out over time.

In the Late Cretaceous Period, the cliffs that make up The Coliseum were sediment on flat ground near what was likely a watering hole on a large flood plain. As Earth’s tectonic plates collided and buckled to form the Alaska Range, the formerly flat ground folded and tilted vertically, exposing the cliffs covered with tracks….

Based on the tracks, a variety of juvenile to adult dinosaurs frequented the area over thousands of years. Most common were large plant-eating duck-billed and horned dinosaurs. The team also documented rarer carnivores, including raptors and tyrannosaurs, as well as small wading birds.

One of the longest dino tracks in the world revealed by drought in Texas state park (Live Science, 1 Sept 2023). The Paluxy River bed in Texas, known to creationists for a long time, was in the news again. A photo of a very crisp, clear dinosaur track is shown exposed when the river was in drought recently. Reporter Jennifer Nalewicki never asks how a constant flow of water over tracks like this could last for thousands of years, let alone millions.

Fujianvenator prodigiosus, a bird-like dinosaur discovered near Nanping in China, had unusually long legs and did not seem equipped for flight (artist’s impression). Credit: Mr. Chuang Zhao

Chinese paleontologists find new fossil link in bird evolution (, 6 Sept 2023). The award for creative license by an artist goes this time to Chuang Zhao, illustrator of Fujianvenator prodigiosus, a “new feathered dinosaur” or bird-o-saur from China. The artist gave it imaginary feathers all over its body, even though the abstract in Nature never mentions feathers or even integumentary structures of any kind. The artist dipped into his palette to color the creature’s head crest in blue, green, yellow, orange and red, with stripes and pheasant-like colors on its wings, back, and tail feathers. Even though it doesn’t fit expectations, it evolved!

The new species, named Fujianvenator prodigiosus, exhibits a bizarre assembly of morphologies that are shared with other avialans, troodontids, and dromaeosaurids, showing the impact of evolutionary mosaicism in early bird evolution.

Mosaicism means a weird combination of unrelated traits, the platypus being the classic example. How does that fit “bird evolution”?

Jude Coleman’s piece at Nature News was a bit more honest, saying that this ‘weird’ dinosaur “prompts [a] rethink of bird evolution.”

The fossil is as old as the ‘first bird’, Archaeopteryx, and might have specialized in running or wading instead of flying….

Many palaeontologists consider the first bird to be a 150-million-year-old feathered dinosaur called Archaeopteryx, fossils of which were found in Germany. But this study adds to mounting evidence that by the time of Archaeopteryx, dinosaurs had already diversified into different kinds of birds, Loewen says.

So Archaeopteryx was surrounded by other specialized birds that had “diversified” (evolved) according to the narrative. The creature had long legs like a roadrunner or a wading bird. Again, there is no mention of feathers that the artist had displayed all over his imaginary vision. The abstract in Nature makes some mention of other fossils found in the same formation:

During our fieldwork in Zhenghe where F. prodigiosus was found, we discovered a diverse assemblage of vertebrates dominated by aquatic and semi-aquatic species, including teleosts [fish], testudines [sea turtles] and choristoderes [semiaquatic reptiles].

Flood anyone?

Bones are real, but the illustrations and narratives constitute Science Fudge, a term we introduced into the Darwin Dictionary in 2017. It means, “the product of fudging data in a theoretical crapshoot (crapshoot: “a risky or uncertain matter”). Reporters, finding the you-know-what on the ground, spray perfume on it and hold it up to the public as the latest Science Fudge.”






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