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NEW DINOSAUR: Fossil Fingers Solve Bird Wing Mystery? [Dinosaur gives Creationists the finger]
NatGeo ^ | Wednesday, June 17, 2009 | John Roach

Posted on 06/17/2009 3:50:48 PM PDT by xcamel

June 17, 2009—The fossil hand of a long-necked, ostrich-like dinosaur recently found in China may help solve the mystery of how bird wings evolved from dinosaur limbs, according to a new study.

The ancient digits belonged to a 159-million-year-old theropod dinosaur dubbed Limusaurus inextricabilis. Theropods are two-legged dinos thought to have given rise to modern birds.

Although it was a distant relative of Tyrannosaurus rex, the newfound dinosaur was a small herbivore, said study co-author James Clark, a biologist at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The animal was about 5.6 feet (1.7 meters) long and had relatively short, clawless forearms.

"Its head is [also] unusual because it doesn't have any teeth, so it would have had a beak of some sort, although not a sharp one," Clark said. (Related: "New Dinosaur Was Nut-Cracking 'Parrot.'")

Primitive feathers may have covered the dinosaur's body, but there is no direct evidence for that, noted Clark, whose work was funded in part by the National Geographic Society. (The National Geographic Society owns National Geographic News.)

(Excerpt) Read more at news.nationalgeographic.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: bird; dino; godsgravesglyphs; missinglink
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1 posted on 06/17/2009 3:50:49 PM PDT by xcamel
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To: xcamel

Another Chinese “fossil”?

How long before this is exposed as yet another hoax?


2 posted on 06/17/2009 3:54:04 PM PDT by Westbrook (Having more children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: GodGunsGuts

Thought this would be of interest to you......


3 posted on 06/17/2009 3:54:12 PM PDT by Natural Law
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To: Westbrook

Exactly right. LOL. Now why can’t you be a good atheist, confess God is dead and let us abort babies and enslave people? Come eat the apple of knowledge... you can be like God.


4 posted on 06/17/2009 3:56:29 PM PDT by momincombatboots (The last experience of the sinner is the horrible enslavement of the freedom he desired. -C.S. Lewis)
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To: xcamel

Has this post been approved by the Bible Police?

...oh wait, they’re on their way now...


5 posted on 06/17/2009 3:56:55 PM PDT by frankenMonkey (www.citizendirect.org - this domain name for sale)
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To: xcamel

bfltr


6 posted on 06/17/2009 3:57:19 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: momincombatboots
Now why can’t you be a good atheist...

You do realize that many Christians believe in some sort of evolution, be it old earth creation, ID, or TE.. even the Catholic church recognizes Theistic Evolution.

7 posted on 06/17/2009 3:58:44 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: frankenMonkey

8 posted on 06/17/2009 4:00:18 PM PDT by xcamel (The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it. - H. L. Mencken)
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To: xcamel

Right .... then their bones became hollow and they grew feathers. DAMN ..(slapping my forehead) ... why didn’t I think of that?


9 posted on 06/17/2009 4:02:05 PM PDT by layman (Card Carrying Infidel)
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To: layman
feathers first, then lighter bone structures, and a modified respiratory system for longer, higher altitude flight.
10 posted on 06/17/2009 4:05:45 PM PDT by xcamel (The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it. - H. L. Mencken)
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To: mnehring
"You do realize that many (nominal) Christians believe in some sort of evolution...

It is impossible to believe the words of Christ, and also believe evolution. One or the other has to be a superficial belief.

11 posted on 06/17/2009 4:06:22 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (The beginning of the O'Bummer administration looks a lot like the end of the Nixon administration)
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To: editor-surveyor

So says you....


12 posted on 06/17/2009 4:07:00 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: xcamel

oh i see it now!!! and those fingers grew into 2, inches, and then 4 inches then 20 feet... then sprouted feathers and then they could fly!

makes perfect sense... where are THOSE fossils now?

Wouldn’t an ‘evolving’ wing be a detriment to you health? until it became an ACTUAL wing?


13 posted on 06/17/2009 4:11:48 PM PDT by Mr. K (physically unabel to proofreed (<---oops))
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To: Mr. K

Ask the emu, ostrich, or kiwi.
(and a few hundred various extinct ones from 1 to 35 MYA)


14 posted on 06/17/2009 4:15:20 PM PDT by xcamel (The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it. - H. L. Mencken)
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To: editor-surveyor

Just ‘cause you said so, right?


15 posted on 06/17/2009 4:21:30 PM PDT by Julia H. (Remember when dissent was patriotic?)
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To: xcamel

Cool!!!! Anyone looking at those fossils could tell that the feathers they may have had, but were not found, were bright blue and yellow!

And they were found just at the right time, too.


16 posted on 06/17/2009 4:26:07 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: editor-surveyor
So says you and God ....
17 posted on 06/17/2009 4:26:55 PM PDT by Iscool (I don't understand all that I know...)
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To: mnehring

Yes, he has spoken. We are honored to be able to read his pronouncements.


18 posted on 06/17/2009 4:29:04 PM PDT by muir_redwoods ( Hey, remember the last head of state who dictated the design of automobiles?)
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To: xcamel

I had a high school teacher who used to tell the class, “you folks have a retention span of zilch. “ He must have been talking about you. One week:http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2270471/posts and http://www.bio-medicine.org/biology-news-1/Discovery-raises-new-doubts-about-dinosaur-bird-links-8763-1/ . Now as a way of eating crow, just have that bird you flipped in the title removed by the moderator.


19 posted on 06/17/2009 4:43:45 PM PDT by gusopol3
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To: gusopol3
“new information” is an entirely foreign concept to you, isn't it.

sheesh.

20 posted on 06/17/2009 4:47:03 PM PDT by xcamel (The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it. - H. L. Mencken)
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