“And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.”
An article in the Los Angeles Times about a recent fossil find began:
If it walks like a duck and swims like a duck, it might be a dinosaur.
The writer was referring to a fossil called Halszkaraptor escuilliei, which the paleontologists think shows traits of both therapod and aquatic bird – a sort of dinogoose. These scientists did not discover the fossil. They purchased it from Mongolia in an area where certain other fossil purchases have proved controversial.
Scientists claim that the bird has a beak-like structure, which, they say, cannot be a beak because it contains teeth. It should be noted that there are other dinosaurs that have beak-like structures, and, indeed, other animals such as the platypus. The LA Times article states that the creature “probably sported plumage”. Their reason for this statement can only be question-begging because the article admits that “no feathers survived on this specimen”. Even the phrase “no feathers survived” is a biased statement. The specimen featured no feathers, but this can only mean that feathers had not “survived”, if it was known for sure that feathers originally existed. There is no such evidence, so once again we see that statements are made from an evolutionary starting point with no justification for that starting point being given.
God made such a wide variety of creatures in the world that, as Bible-believing Christians, we have no trouble accepting that here, perhaps, is a new type of dinosaur that we have not previously known. We are not obliged to attribute qualities to the creature just because of any a priori commitment.
Prayer: We are amazed, Lord, at the incredible variety of creatures that You created to be on this world with us. It is to You that we give all the honor and glory. Amen.
Note: Ref: This weird, water-loving dinosaur has claws like a velociraptor and a neck like a goose, < http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-duck-like-dinosaur-20171206-htmlstory.html >, accessed 12/20/2017. Image: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Imported.
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