Thursday, October 29, 2015

I Found This To Be True...

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the American Museum of Natural History in NYC. I especially was interested in their famous dinosaur displays. What I found there were some nice displays that show the amazing creatures dinosaurs were....and a lot of fairy-tale like stories of their history. My husband and I talked with a lot of other visitors who noticed the same thing. We discussed with them the Biblical perspective of their presence on earth and the likely reason for their demise (The Biblical Flood and harsh world following).  

Can't See the Forest for the Trees
At the 75th annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, held this year in downtown Dallas, the world's foremost fossil experts presented scores of research summaries. Researchers described extinct giant mammals from Argentina, one-of-a-kind bird fossils from China, and good-old North American classic dinosaurs. Amazingly, almost all of these fossil descriptions included phylogenetic (evolutionary) tree diagrams. Today's paleontologists show a religious-like devotion to fit their finds in an evolutionary tree. And with equally amazing regularity they describe problems with this process of constructing evolutionary trees. Are these problems significant enough to cast doubt on the whole exercise?
One poster described a duck-bill dinosaur (hadrosaur) called Tanius from China and provided two different phylogenetic tree options—an inadvertent but open admission that they don't really know which scenario is correct. Maybe neither. The poster authors wrote, "Tanius sinensis shows a complex of derived and primitive characteristic generating considerable character conflict and resulting in a loss of resolution among non-hadrosaurid hadrosauroids."1 In other words, instead of revealing itself as between other evolutionary forms, Tanius looked quite unique.
*Mr. Thomas is Science Writer at the Institute for Creation Research.
Article posted on October 28, 2015.