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  • Missing Link or Another Fish Story?

    11/25/2014 4:40:02 AM PST · by fishtank · 6 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 11-24-14 | Frank Sherwin
    Missing Link or Another Fish Story? by Frank Sherwin, M.A. * Recently there has been some celebration from the Darwinian community regarding a discovery of a fossil 1 that allegedly links terrestrial animals to their future aquatic relatives: the ichthyosaurs. Cartorhynchus lenticarpus is proclaimed by some evolutionists to be an amphibious ancestor of the ichthyosaurs, aquatic reptiles whose name means "fish lizards." Rachel Feltman of the Washington Post was jubilant, saying this "fossil could prove a problem for creationists."2
  • Insects were the first creatures to fly: study

    11/09/2014 4:52:04 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 27 replies
    Uncover California ^ | November 09, 2014 | Andrea Cordell
    An evolutionary insect family tree created by a team of 100 researchers revealed that insects were the first creatures to fly around 400 million years ago. The comprehensive insect family tree covering insects from all around the globe was created as part of a project called 1K Insect Transcriptome Evolution (1KITE). According to researchers involved in the 1KITE project, insects came into existence around 500 million years ago, around the same time when plants started to emerge on Earth's surface. And, it was roughly 406 million years ago, in the early part of Devonian era, when insects got wings and...
  • Free Republic is a fringe right-wing Christian fundamentalist site

    12/11/2009 5:57:16 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 3,107 replies · 45,595+ views
    12/11/2009 | Jim Robinson
    Free Republic is a fringe right-wing Christian fundamentalist site... or so they say... and they might even be right. We don't go for any of that godless left-wing big government socialist malarkey. And we do put our faith and trust in God, not government. We are pro-God, pro-Life, pro-Family, pro-Country and pro-Liberty. We do not believe that government or science knows what's best for us or our children. We will make our own decisions thank you very much. Every once in a while some group of posters get together and try to bend Free Republic to their will. Now, we...
  • Chupacabra Skeleton: Finally, Scientific Proof!

    08/02/2014 7:32:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Technabob ^ | July 29th, 2014 | Conner Flynn
    You’ve been trying to convince your friends that the Chupacabra is real, but no one believes you. You know what you saw! The chupacabra sucked that goat dry and left it’s bloodless carcass lying in the road. And it isn’t your fault that a bunch of government guys wearing black and sunglasses came and cleaned up that dead goat carcass and threatened you if you talked. chupacabra skeleton 620x461magnify Well, now you have some proof to show your friends. This chupacabra skeleton should convince them. It makes a great display piece. Just don’t let the government here you talking about...
  • Russians lose track of spaceship full of bonking lizards

    07/26/2014 4:02:18 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 49 replies
    Northern Rivers Echo ^ | 7-27-2014 | James Vincent
    RUSSIAN scientists have lost contact with an experimental satellite filled with geckos that was to be the focus of new research on animal sex in zero-gravity. The Foton-M4 spacecraft was launched from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome on 19 July and made several orbits of the planet before it stopped responding to commands from Roscosmos, Russia's Federal Space Agency. "So, there is only one-way communication," a spokesperson for mission control was quoted as saying by news agency ITAR-Tass, adding that engineers were looking to fix the problem in case life systems were disrupted, killing the creatures on board. The five geckos on...
  • Was T. rex a chicken and baby killer?

    08/07/2009 4:31:02 PM PDT · by decimon · 13 replies · 324+ views
    Live Science ^ | Aug. 7, 2009 | Charles Q. Choi
    Although past research has suggested Tyrannosaurus rex was related to chickens, now findings hint this giant predator might have acted chicken too. Instead of picking on dinosaurs its own size, researchers now suggest T. rex was a baby killer that liked to swallow defenseless prey whole. Fossil evidence of attacks of tyrannosaurs or similar gargantuan "theropods" on triceratops and duck-billed dinosaurs has been uncovered before, conjuring images of titanic clashes.
  • Fossil is 'earliest tree-dweller' [ Suminia getmanovi ]

    08/04/2009 1:40:23 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies · 565+ views
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, July 29, 2009 | Victoria Gill
    A 260-million-year-old fossil is the oldest known tree-dwelling creature, according to researchers. Scientists described the finding as the earliest evidence in the fossil record of an "opposable thumb"... they described how the animal's elongated hands and fingers would have helped it to grip and climb... The fossilised creature, named Suminia getmanovi, has been dated to late Permian period, 100 million years earlier than the first known tree-dwelling mammal. It was first discovered in Russia in 1994. But for lead author Jorg Frobisch, from the Field Museum in Chicago, US, said this study was the first opportunity to examine its whole...
  • Penguins "Fed Up" With Media Attention

    07/21/2009 10:18:27 PM PDT · by This Just In · 6 replies · 399+ views
    ecoEnquirer ^ | July 21, 2009 | ecoEnquirer
    Penguins "Fed Up" With Media Attention Angry penguin named "Pete" seen rushing toward arriving scientists and ordering them to return home. (Penguin Island, Antarctica) With public interest in Antarctic penguins at an all-time high, it now appears that future scientific research into the habits of these fascinating creatures could be threatened by legal troubles. The first team of penguin researchers of the 2006 season were met by a single representative of the "Darwin" brood who rushed the startled scientists, yelling "Get out! We are fed up with you foreigners spying on us every year!". With the flip of a flipper,...
  • 'Early bird' project really gets the worm

    07/15/2009 1:22:35 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies · 534+ views
    PhysOrg ^ | June 26th, 2008 | Louisiana State University
    For example, we now know that: Birds adapted to the diverse environments several distinct times because many birds that now live on water (such as flamingos, tropicbirds and grebes) did not evolve from a different waterbird group, and many birds that now live on land (such as turacos, doves, sandgrouse and cuckoos) did not evolve from a different landbird group.Similarly, distinctive lifestyles (such as nocturnal, raptorial and pelagic, i.e., living on the ocean or open seas) evolved several times. For example, contrary to conventional thinking, colorful, daytime hummingbirds evolved from drab nocturnal nightjars; falcons are not closely related to hawks...
  • Searchers shovel Northwest dirt seeking giant worm

    07/11/2009 3:42:16 PM PDT · by don-o · 24 replies · 3,776+ views
    AP - Yahoo News ^ | July 11, 2009 | NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
    MOSCOW, Idaho – The giant Palouse earthworm has taken on mythic qualities in this vast agricultural region that stretches from eastern Washington into the Idaho panhandle — its very name evoking the fictional sandworms from "Dune" or those vicious creatures from the movie "Tremors." The worm is said to secrete a lily-like smell when handled, spit at predators, and live in burrows 15 feet deep. There have been only a handful of sightings. But scientists hope to change that this summer with researchers scouring the Palouse region in hopes of finding more of the giant earthworms. Conservationists also want the...
  • Ice Sheets Can Retreat 'In A Geologic Instant,' Study Of Prehistoric Glacier Shows

    07/10/2009 2:41:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 68 replies · 1,545+ views
    Science News ^ | June 22, 2009 | University at Buffalo
    Modern glaciers, such as those making up the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, are capable of undergoing periods of rapid shrinkage or retreat, according to new findings by paleoclimatologists at the University at Buffalo... The proof of such rapid retreat of ice sheets provides one of the few explicit confirmations that this phenomenon occurs. Should the same conditions recur today, which the UB scientists say is very possible, they would result in sharply rising global sea levels, which would threaten coastal populations...The researchers used a special dating tool at UB to study rock samples they extracted from a large fjord...
  • Miniature carnivore dinosaurs roamed North America (the size of a small chicken)

    03/17/2009 2:16:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 1,585+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 3/17/09 | Jean-Louis Santini
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – Meat-eating dinosaurs the size of a small chicken roamed areas of North America 75 million years ago, according to research by Canadian paleontologists. The mini-dinosaur, similar in appearance to the Velociraptor, is named Hesperonychus elizabethae and is the smallest carnivorous dinosaur known to have lived in North America. "Hesperonychus is currently the smallest dinosaur known from North America," said University of Calgary paleontologist Nick Longrich. "Its discovery just emphasizes how little we actually know, and it raises the possibility that there are even smaller ones out there." Longrich, together with University of Alberta paleontologist Philip Currie, are...
  • Rabbit-Size Elephant Ancestor Found -- Oldest Known

    06/25/2009 10:10:39 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 53 replies · 2,395+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | June 23, 2009 | Mark Anderson
    After the dinosaurs perished, life on Earth didn't take long to bounce back, a new study suggests. A newfound 60-million-year-old creature called Eritherium azzouzorum—the oldest known elephant ancestor—bolsters the case that whole new orders of mammals were already around less than 6 million years after global catastrophe ended the age of reptiles some 65.5 million years ago. Paleontologist Emmanuel Gheerbrant discovered the rabbit-size proto-elephant's skull fragments in a basin 60 miles (100 kilometers) east of Casablanca, Morocco. Elephant ancestors, he said, now join the likes of rodents and early primates as some of the first known mammals to walk the...
  • Dinosaurs May Have Been Smaller Than Previously Thought (Svelteosaurus)

    06/24/2009 4:19:47 AM PDT · by decimon · 32 replies · 1,035+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | June 22, 2009 | Unknown
    The largest animals ever to have walked the face of the earth may not have been as big as previously thought, reveals a paper published June 21 in the Zoological Society of London’s Journal of Zoology.
  • Atheism, for Good Reason, Fears Questions (Temple of Darwin atheists at war with theistic evos?)

    06/20/2009 6:18:21 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 143 replies · 2,633+ views
    Discovery Institute ^ | June 19, 2009 | Dr. Michael Egnor
    Atheism, for Good Reason, Fears Questions --snip-- That theists and open-minded agnostics and atheists on the pro-Darwinist side of this debate are finally engaging the same fundamentalist atheist dogma that intelligent design proponents have engaged for several decades is a good sign. Fundamentalist atheists are of course fighting back ferociously, because they understand, as perhaps the accomodationists don’t, the profound implications of an understanding of the natural world that is not causally closed. Teleology is obvious in nature. Atheists and materialists intrinsically deny the reality of teleology-- Aristotelian final causation-- in nature, yet nothing in the natural world can be...
  • Fossil Solves Mystery of Dinosaur Finger Evolution

    06/17/2009 2:31:39 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 52 replies · 2,838+ views
    LiveScience.com on Yahoo ^ | 6/17/09 | Jeanna Bryner
    Bird wings clearly share ancestry with dinosaur "hands" or forelimbs. A school kid can see it in the bones. But paleontologists have long struggled to explain the so-called digit dilemma. Here's the problem: The most primitive dinosaurs in the famous theropod group (that later included Tyrannosaurus rex) had five "fingers." Later theropods had three, just like the birds that evolved from them. But which digits? The theropod and bird digits failed to match up if you number the digits from 1 to 5 starting with the thumb. Theropods looked like they had digits 1, 2 and 3, while birds have...
  • Creationism and Creation - still on the move: Treasure trove of NEW SPECIES discovered

    06/17/2009 11:50:08 AM PDT · by rface · 17 replies · 1,505+ views
    MONGABAY ^ | June 16, 2009 | Jeremy Hance
    Near the once-contentious border of Ecuador and Peru in the mountainous forests of the Cordillera del Condor, scientists from Conservation International (CI) conducted a Rapid Assessment Program (RAP), uncovering what they believe are several new species, including four amphibians, one lizard, and seven insects. “The species that we discovered on this expedition are fascinating ......... [ snip ] tiny frog white-faced gnome katydid a new beautiful poison arrow frog a new lizard a new salamander a "glass" or "crystal" frog [ snip ] Scientists documented 18,516 previously unknown species in 2007 In a survey of the island-nation of Madagascar they...
  • The 'Birds Come First' hypothesis of dinosaur evolution

    06/15/2009 6:27:50 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies · 718+ views
    Tetrapod Zoology ^ | June 8, 2009 | Darren Naish
    Here, we look at a rather different proposal: the decidedly non-standard, non-mainstream Birds Come First (or BCF) hypothesis proposed by George Olshevsky. Rightly or wrongly, BCF has never been discussed in the technical literature (I have at least alluded to it in historiographical articles (Naish 2000a, b)), and all of George's articles on it have been in the 'grey' or popular literature (Olshevsky 1991, 1994, 2001a, b). Thanks, predominantly, to his activity on the dinosaur mailing list (a popular discussion list for dinosaur aficionados and researchers), George's BCF hypothesis was once well known and much discussed, and perhaps considered seriously...
  • Evolution can occur in less than 10 years

    06/11/2009 11:19:01 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 69 replies · 1,536+ views
    Guppies are small fresh-water fish that biologists have studied for long. UC Riverside-led study shows wild Trinidadian guppies adapted in less than 30 generations to a new environment RIVERSIDE, Calif. – How fast can evolution take place? In just a few years, according to a new study on guppies led by UC Riverside's Swanne Gordon, a graduate student in biology. Gordon and her colleagues studied guppies — small fresh-water fish biologists have studied for long — from the Yarra River, Trinidad. They introduced the guppies into the nearby Damier River, in a section above a barrier waterfall that excluded all...
  • What 'Ida' give for a missing link

    06/09/2009 9:22:31 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 7 replies · 605+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 8, 2009 | Casey Luskin
    Opinion What 'Ida' give for a missing link By: Casey Luskin, OpEd Contributor 6/8/08 As a follower of the evolution debate, I love it when new “missing links” are found. Not only does the media plunge headfirst into a crusade for Darwin, but suspiciously, it is only after unveiling the breakthrough that evolutionary biologists admit how precious little evidence they previously held for the evolutionary transition in question. Take the recent media coverage of a fossil primate named “Ida,” hailed as the “eighth wonder of the world,” whose “impact on the world of palaeontology” is being compared to “an asteroid...
  • Birds Didn’t Evolve from Dinosaurs (Evos forced to invent an even older common ancestor!)

    06/09/2009 5:33:16 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 354 replies · 4,314+ views
    CEH ^ | June 9, 2009
    June 9, 2009 — “The findings add to a growing body of evidence in the past two decades that challenge some of the most widely-held beliefs about animal evolution.”  That statement is not being made by creationists, but by science reporters describing work at Oregon State University that cast new doubt on the idea that birds evolved from theropod dinosaurs.  The main idea: their leg bones and lungs are too different.     Science Daily’s report has a diagram of the skeleton showing...
  • Rare prehistoric pregnant turtle found in Utah

    05/08/2009 5:57:53 PM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies · 1,537+ views
    AP ^ | May 08, 2009 | MIKE STARK
    Paleontologists say a 75-million-year-old turtle fossil uncovered in southern Utah has a clutch of eggs inside, making it the first prehistoric pregnant turtle found in the United States. At least three eggs are visible from the outside of the fossil, and ...studying images taken from a CT scan in search of others inside. the turtle was probably about a week from laying her eggs ...
  • Cretaceous Chicken: Bus-Sized Dinosaur Breathed Like Birds Do

    09/30/2008 3:08:33 PM PDT · by Justice Department · 32 replies · 1,592+ views
    foxnews ^ | September 30, 2008
    Dinosaur that lived 85 million years ago was size of a bus, but breathed like a bird A huge carnivorous dinosaur that lived about 85 million years ago had a breathing system much like that of today's birds, a new analysis of fossils reveals, reinforcing the evolutionary link between dinos and modern birds.
  • Huge Flying Reptiles Ate Dinosaurs

    05/27/2008 9:37:16 PM PDT · by pissant · 53 replies · 446+ views
    Live Science ^ | 5/27/08 | jeanna Bryner
    With a name like T. rex, you'd expect to be safe from even the fiercest paleo-bullies. Turns out, ancient, flying reptiles could have snacked on Tyrannosaurus Rex To uncover these feeding habits, Witton and Portsmouth colleague Darren Naish analyzed fossils of a group of toothless pterosaurs called azhdarchids, which are muchbabies and other landlubbing runts of the dinosaur world. A new study reveals a group of flying reptiles that lived during the Age of Dinosaurs some 230 million to 65 million years ago did not catch prey in flight, but rather stalked them on land. Until now, paleontologists pictured the...
  • New four-winged feathered dinosaur?

    01/28/2003 1:54:40 PM PST · by ZGuy · 17 replies · 1,528+ views
    AIG ^ | 1/28/03 | Jonathan Sarfati
    Papers have been flapping with new headlines about the latest in a long line of alleged dinosaur ancestors of birds. This one is claimed to be a sensational dinosaur with feathers on its hind legs, thus four ‘wings’.1 This was named Microraptor gui—the name is derived from words meaning ‘little plunderer of Gu’ after the paleontologist Gu Zhiwei. Like so many of the alleged feathered dinosaurs, it comes from Liaoning province of northeastern China. It was about 3 feet (1 meter) long from its head to the tip of its long tail, but its body was only about the size...
  • Feathered ancestor of T. rex unearthed [Transitional species]

    10/06/2004 2:08:54 PM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 114 replies · 2,445+ views
    Nature Magazine ^ | 06 October 2004 | Zeeya Merali
    Ancestors of the fearsome Tyrannosaurus rex were clothed in delicate feathers, a fossil discovered in China suggests. The find may come as a surprise to people used to images of Tyrannosaurus as a scaly monster. But many palaeontologists have been predicting just such a find ever since the first evidence of a dinosaur with a feathery coat came from the same site in Liaoning in 1995. The 130 million-year-old fossil is the oldest member recorded from the tyrannosauroid family, and the first in the group with a feather-like covering. The discovery of its skull and other fragments is reported today...
  • Meat-eating Dinosaur From Argentina Had Bird-like Breathing System

    09/30/2008 9:49:28 AM PDT · by Soliton · 20 replies · 581+ views
    Science Daily ^ | Sep. 30, 2008
    The remains of a 30-foot-long predatory dinosaur discovered along the banks of Argentina's Rio Colorado is helping to unravel how birds evolved their unusual breathing system. University of Michigan paleontologist Jeffrey Wilson was part of the team that made the discovery, to be published Sept. 29 in the online journal Public Library of Science ONE and announced at a news conference in Mendoza, Argentina. The discovery of this dinosaur builds on decades of paleontological research indicating that birds evolved from dinosaurs. Birds have a breathing system that is unique among land animals. Instead of lungs that expand, birds have a...