5 September 2001

POINTS OF ORIGINS: No Dino-Bird Connection!

by Dr. Glenn Jackson

Last time, we talked about how all these years we've had it wrong about dinosaur noses about where they were placed on the head by "artists' conceptions" seen in all the textbooks. Evolutionary ideas had failed to predict correctly, just where those noses belonged. Today I have another tidbit for you about dinosaur noses. (Remember, this is stuff that today's evolutionists do not want you to know, but it's all backed up by good science reporting.) We warm-blooded mammals lose precious body water every time we breathe out. To help cut down on this loss, your nasal passages are equipped with moisture-conserving "turbinate" structures which can be seen even in a skull with no flesh on it. All warm-blooded creatures (mammals and birds, that is) have these turbinates. Cold-blooded reptiles do not. Now, new CT imaging techniques have been used to analyze dinosaur skulls and guess what? No turbinates (US News & World Report, 8/18/01, p44). This is bad news for many evolutionists, who believe that birds evolved from dinosaurs. Of all ideas in evolution theory, this dino-bird connection or "missing link" has been the most famous and entertaining for the past 3 years.

Birds also have a very different lung system from any other animal. Instead of breathing just simply in and out like you and I do, birds breathe the air "through" their lungs and into a waiting sack on the other end of the air tube. They then force the air back through the lung for a second time, on its way back out. This is very unique and very efficient, because it gets more oxygen out of each breath of air. It is very different from all we can tell about dinosaur lungs, and very different from any other reptile lung. This is just more evidence that hummingbirds are not related to T. rex. Plus, this structure is not necessary for flight. Bats (which are mammals) fly just fine without these unusual lungs. So why did "survival of the fittest" decide that birds should get this kind of lung, anyway?

Speaking of missing links, a new fossil has been declared to be in the direct line of the family tree leading up to humans (USN&WR, 6/11/01, p12). The 5/25/01 issue of Science magazine reports that Hadrocodium wui is our ancestor. This little fellow (only about the size of a paperclip, full-grown) had three bones in the inner ear like all mammals have. It also had a large brain, a mammalian jaw hinge, and matching upper and lower teeth. Everything about this fossil is way more "modern" than evolutionists expected for something that is supposed to be 195 million years old. Mammals just weren't supposed to be so far along by that time, according to evolutionists. (Science News, 5/26/01, p324)

You know why this fellow is such a perfect little mammal? Because mammals started out as mammals, not as reptiles and not millions of years ago but only about 6000 years ago. Evolutionists don't like to hear us give dates like that. They like "millions of years," because that's how long it would take for the imaginary process of evolution to do its work, even if it were true (which it isn't). Listen, if you know just a little science, Darwin's tired old theory begins to look worse and worse every year. New discoveries definitely do not support this worn-out urban myth they just bring more troubles for those who keep trying to convince us all, and even themselves, that they are still right. Keep thinking.

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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