Dinosaurs Ancestors To Modern Birds – Theory Debunked?
Dr. Alan Feduccia of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his team of researchers have examined fossilized remains of dinosaurs in China and concluded that there is no evidence to suggest there are feathers of any type present in the remains and that directly linking modern birds to dinosaurs is a serious mistake.
“We all agree that birds and dinosaurs had some reptilian ancestors in common,” said Feduccia, professor of biology in UNCâ€™s College of Arts and Sciences. “But to say dinosaurs were the ancestors of the modern birds we see flying around outside today because we would like them to be is a big mistake.
“The theory that birds are the equivalent of living dinosaurs and that dinosaurs were feathered is so full of holes that the creationists have jumped all over it, using the evolutionary nonsense of â€˜dinosaurian scienceâ€™ as evidence against the theory of evolution,” he said. “To paraphrase one such individual, â€˜This isnâ€™t science . . . This is comic relief.â€™”
The study appears in the current issue of the Journal of Morphology.
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