3 February 2001

POINTS OF ORIGINS: Fossils of a Feather

by Dr. Glenn Jackson

There's been a lot the past year about the "dino-to-bird" theory in evolution. John Ostrom of Yale and Jack Horner of Montana State have made this theory famous. Jurassic Park patterned one of the scientists after Horner, and used his theory in the story.

National Geographic has had several features on this. The July 1998 issue showed three fossils that evolutionists use as proof, but had to admit their dating methods say birds had already been around for millions of years before these fossils. The November 1999 issue said that a new fossil proved that "birds are dinosaurs, just as sure as humans are mammals." The October 2000 issue had to admit that somebody had broken the tail off of a dinosaur fossil and glued it onto a bird fossil. That fossil was a fake.

US News & World Report July 3, 2000 (page 47) showed a fossil, which was "75 million years" before birds, had feathers, and was before most dinosaurs. Alan Brush of University of Connecticut believes the dino-bird theory, but says of this fossil, "It looks like a feather, but so does a fern." (Science News, June 24, 2000, page 405). Dr. Horner objects, "I don't care if feathers went all the way back to turtles, it doesn't mean dinosaurs couldn't have feathers, too." (By the way, recent DNA research has forced evolutionists to give up on turtles being the "oldest" reptiles. Of all other reptiles, their DNA is most like the crocodile, which supposedly evolved much later.)

The Dec. 8, 2000 issue of Science describes another new fossil bird that has tail feathers that look like very long scales. Some think that this proves feathers evolved from scales. "We just don't know," says Robert Reisz of University of Toronto. Richard Prum of University of Kansas says it's "too high up on the evolutionary tree to tell us much of anything about the origins of feathers."

Why do evolutionists hope so much that birds came from dinosaurs? Because they had to come from someplace, and dinosaurs are the best that they can do. Why do they believe that humans came from fish? Because they had to come from someplace, and evolutionists tell me they do not believe in miracles, like God creating birds on the fifth day in Genesis. They say they don't believe in miracles. Well, what do you call fish that can turn into people? Keep an eye on folks who say they don't believe in miracles, while the things they do believe sound pretty far-fetched. What they believe, takes a large amount of faith. The lack of scientific proof leaves them no other choice.

Dr. Glenn Jackson holds four degrees in science and education from George Mason University and University of Virginia. He has taught elementary through college level sciences for over twenty years and in four states. He is a lifetime member of both American Mensa and the Creation Research Society.

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