A â€œ100 Million Year Old Birdâ€? Is Still a Bird
Jun 20, 2006
Birds are incredible flying (and occasionally non-flying) machines. The Creator has designed these creatures with specialized flight apparatus, an amazing respiratory system, not to mention unbelievable migration and navigation abilities. Creationists see these creatures as having been designed and created as 100% birds, while evolutionists are forever in heated debates regarding bird origin:
Another Bird Fossil
Creation Scientists are Ecstatic
A recent CNN.com story says “the new fossils demonstrate that Gansus clearly is a bird . . . . the oldest example of the nearly modern birds, . . . .similar to loons or diving ducks” (CNN.com 2006). With such repeated graphic descriptions, there seems to be no reason to claim this bird is a “missing link.” National Geographic.com crows that Gansus “is strikingly similar to today's birds, considering that it lived alongside dinosaurs” (Norris 2006). Indeed, a majority of evolutionists maintain birds evolved from dinosaurs and today, are dinosaurs: "So, in fact, birds are not some separate biological entity, distinct and apart from 'reptiles.' Birds are dinosaurs" (Fastovsky & Weishample 1996).
But this fossil discovery shows these birds “lived alongside dinosaurs” supporting not Darwinism, but the creation model that states dinosaurs have always been dinosaurs and birds have always been birds. According to creationism, finding the two groups together is natural and to be expected.
National Geographic.com goes on to state that “Soft tissues were also preserved, including flight feathers and webbing—like a duck's—between the bird's toes.” NG also says, “Moreover . . . the preserved skin of the webbed feet shows the same microscopic structure seen in aquatic birds today.” One cannot even imagine delicate bird tissue remaining soft (unfossilized) for even thousands of years, let alone secular science’s claim of 100 million years. Creationists maintain soft tissue means very recent death and burial.
GeoTimes.org is another evolutionary publication that states, “[T]he fossils of the surprisingly modern-looking bird . . . could fly in the same way modern birds can . . . G. yumenensis now has the distinction of being the oldest-known bird that is really, really modern in its anatomy” (Yauck 2006). In fact, an artist’s colorful reconstruction of this fossil in the GeoTimes and National Geographic articles shows a beautiful bird.
Creation scientists maintain that God created birds as birds. The recent discovery in China of Gansus yumenensis supports this claim.