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Birds' Unique Leg Structure Says No Evolution

Genesis 1:21: "And God created ... every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good."

Countless television programs, textbooks, and popular articles talk about how birds evolved from dinosaurs. It appears that this claim has now been decisively proven impossible.

Researchers at Oregon State University have made a fundamental discovery about how birds breathe. Unlike other land animals, birds walk and run by bending their knees. All other land creatures can move both their thigh bone as well as bend their knees to walk and run. This included the dinosaurs, such as the theropods from which birds were supposed to have evolved.

Researchers discovered why birds have immovable thigh bones. Birds need twenty times as much oxygen as cold-blooded animals. To supply this need, birds are designed with unique lungs and supporting musculature. Researchers found that if birds had the usual muscle structures and could move their thighs, their high-performance lungs would collapse. This makes it unlikely, say even the evolutionists at Oregon State University, that birds evolved from dinosaurs. Besides, they point out, birds appear earlier in the fossil records than the theropods they were supposed to have evolved from.

Of course, the Bible has always taught that birds were specially made by God and did not evolve from any other creature.

Prayer: Lord, You have designed all things well. Do not let Your people be fooled by those who deny Your works. Amen.

Notes: Oregon State University (2009, June 9), "Discovery Raises New Doubts About Dinosaur-Bird Links. Science Daily.

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