T. REX HAD SCALES, NOT FEATHERS
Many evolutionists today teach that birds evolved from theropod dinosaurs, a
group that includes the T. rex and Velociraptor. Many museums and dinosaur
books now depict these creatures with downy feathers in a bid to illustrate
the supposed evolution of feathers. To their dismay, a recent study involving
fossilized dinosaur skin from T. rex and four other tyrannosaurids revealed
only scales in every single case. No feathers were found—nor have they ever
been found in this group. This was contrary to evolutionary expectations, since
alleged ‘extensive feather coverings’ had been claimed for dinosaurs supposedly ancestral to tyrannosaurids. So what did the researchers do? Simple—just
changed the story. They concluded that these bigger theropod dinosaurs
must have first evolved feathers, and then lost them again, reverting to scales.
Contrary to this convoluted just-so story, the Bible tells us that dinosaurs did
not evolve into birds. Each and every creature was created to reproduce after
its own kind.
Bell, P. et al., Tyrannosauroid integument reveals conflicting patterns of gigantism and feather
evolution, Biology Letters 13: 6, June 2017 | doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2017.0092.
BIRD HATCHLING DISCOVERED IN AMBER
An amazing piece of Burmese amber, found at the Angbamo site in northern
Myanmar, has revealed a hatchling of an extinct group of birds known as
Enantiornithes. Most of the skull and neck, bones of a wing and hindlimb,
skin and soft tissue of the tail, the right foot with claws, and a number of
fully formed flight feathers
Claimed to be 99 million years
old, the bird in amber has a full
set of flight feathers. There is no
evidence that it was any ‘less-evolved’ than modern birds.
Those operating within an evolutionary/long-age framework have also failed
to provide any realistic answer for the copious amount of amber that is found.
However, the time of the global Flood (Genesis 6–8) provides an excellent mechanism for such exquisite and rapid preservation of vast numbers of organisms in
amber. During this time a mass of uprooted trees carried along by flood waters,
crashing into each other, would have released large amounts of tree resin into the
water. The sticky tree resin would have engulfed any organism small enough to
be trapped in it such as this baby enantiornithine; freezing the hatchling in time.
See also creation.com/amber-needed-water.
Xing, L. et al., A mid-Cretaceous enantiornithine (Aves) hatchling preserved in Burmese amber
with unusual plumage, Gondwana Research, June 2017 | doi: 10.1016/ j.gr.2017.06.001.
Romey, K., Baby bird from time of dinosaurs found fossilized in amber, nationalgeographic.com,
NEW PLANET HOTTER THAN MOST STARS
Astronomers from Ohio State University and Vanderbilt University have discovered a planet with a surface temperature hotter
than most stars. The planet KELT-9b has a surface temperature of 4,600 K (~ 4,300°C or 7,800°F; cf. the sun’s surface is 5,722
K; most stars are red dwarfs with a surface temperature < 4,000 K). The planet must have a warm yellow glow.
The astronomy team presented their results in the journal Nature and also at the American Astronomical Society spring
meeting (2017). They found that the planet, which is 2. 8 times bigger than Jupiter—but only half as dense—would be
continually bombarded by stellar radiation from the nearby star, the bright blue KELT-9.
The planet orbits so closely that its ‘year’ is only 1.5 days, and it is tidally locked to the central star
KELT-9, which at least shields the night side from the intense radiation. But the day side is so hot
that molecules such as water, carbon dioxide, and methane can’t form there—and if they could
form on the night side, it would probably only be temporarily.
The environment of this planet is a far cry from the ideal environment God has
created for life on Earth. Certainly life as we know it could not exist on a planet such
as KELT-9b. And with its atmosphere constantly blasted with high levels of ultraviolet
radiation, it is an unlikely place to find any sort of life.
A planet hotter than most stars, sciencedaily.com, June 2017.
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