Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Do Any Fossils Prove That Birds Evolved From Dinosaurs?

By Russ Miller

Never has an intermediate fossil of a reptile evolving into a bird been found. Thousands of fossilized reptiles and birds are documented, yet not a single transitional fossil has been discovered that proves one species morphed into the other creature.

The overall fossil record is an enemy to Darwinism.

All higher kinds of plants and animals appear abruptly in the fossil record with no transitional types linking one group to another. The amount of transitional forms involved in the evolutionary transformation from reptiles to birds, over millions of years, should add up to an incredible number.

Although the only fossil evidence presented has not held up to even scant scientific scrutiny, it still has misled billions of people into believing in Darwinian-style evolution.

After one embarrassing candidate that was passed off as a reptile-to-bird missing link was proven to be a fraud put together by a cash-poor farmer in China, "The 'Missing Link' That Wasn't" by Tim Friend appeared in USA TODAY, 2-3-2000.

In the article, Friend wrote:

"...this ' true missing link between dinosaurs and birds'sprouted its...tail not 120 million years ago but only shortly before being smuggled out of China; has children believing in feathered dinosaurs that never existed, prominent scientists calling each other names and two respected science publications under assault."

Unfortunately, the fraudulent claims hit the newsstands about once a year. After being used to mislead millions of people they then quietly disappear.

The primary candidate presented by Darwinists as the missing link between reptile and bird is Archaeopteryx.

There is no doubt that Archaeopteryx was an odd bird but there is also no honest doubt that it was 100% bird. It had well-developed feathers for flight, and feathers are very complex structures.

Researchers now know for a fact that reptile DNA does not contain the information to form feathers. The dagger through the heart of Darwinism here is that real science knows of no way for nature to add appreciable amounts of new and beneficial genetic information to an existing gene pool, much less the millions of pieces of data required to change a reptile into a flying bird.

Another crushing blow to the claim that Archaeopteryx was a missing link between reptiles and birds is that scientists have found several fossils of completely modern birds below the strata layers which contained Archaeopteryx.

"...scientists found bird bones farther down the geologic column than Archaeopteryx." (Nature 322; 8-21-1986; Science 253; 7-5-1991.)

Since Darwinists believe those layers of rock formed slowly and that the fossils found in those strata represent our evolutionary paths, finding modern birds in layers below those that contain Archaeopteryx should have removed him from consideration as any sort of transitional kind.

The late paleontologist, Dr. Colin Patterson of the British Museum of Natural History, wrote a book titled Evolution. In reply to why he had not included any pictures of transitional forms in his publication, Dr. Patterson wrote:

"I fully agree with your comments about the lack of direct illustration of evolutionary transitions in my book. If I knew of any, fossil or living, I would certainly have included them. I will lay it on the line, there is not one such fossil for which one could make a watertight argument." (C. Patterson, from a letter to Luther Sunderland, April 10, 1979, as published in Darwin's Enigma (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 4th ed. 1988, page 89.)

Russ Miller is author of The GENESIS Report Series. Register at http://www.new-earth-thought.com/ to receive FREE his 50 Facts vs. Darwinism e-mail series.

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