Creationists have never accepted Archaeopteryx for what it seems to be — a transitional fossil between dinosaurs and birds. Wikipedia says:
Despite their small size, broad wings, and inferred ability to fly or glide, Archaeopteryx had more in common with other small Mesozoic dinosaurs than with modern birds. In particular, they shared the following features with the dromaeosaurids and troodontids: jaws with sharp teeth, three fingers with claws, a long bony tail, hyperextensible second toes (“killing claw”), feathers (which also suggest warm-bloodedness), and various features of the skeleton. These features make Archaeopteryx a clear candidate for a transitional fossil between non-avian dinosaurs and birds.
We’ve written a few times before about the denial of creationists — see, for example: Discoveroids Deny Dinosaur to Bird Evolution.
Now we’re going to hear from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. He just posted this at Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry: If It Looked Like a Bird and Flew Like a Bird . . . It Must Be a Dinosaur! Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
There’s a test called “the duck test,” and it’s very complicated. You ready? This is how it goes: “If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and swims like a duck, then it probably is a duck.” But because they begin with the wrong starting point (man’s word), evolutionists have changed this test into this: “If it looked like a bird, had feathers like a bird, and flew like a bird, then it was probably a dinosaur.”
Yes, that’s exactly how we do it. Then he says:
Because evolutionists believe birds descended from dinosaurs, they are often desperate to classify fossils that are bird-like as transitional to dinosaurs. And Archaeopteryx, a small bird known only from a few fossil specimens, has been at the forefront of this battle.
Hambo has brilliantly exposed our weak spot. He tells us:
A recent article in the BBC [Archaeopteryx flew like a pheasant, say scientists] highlighted research that showed that Archaeopteryx could fly like a modern pheasant or quail. Investigations on its fossil bones with high-powered X-ray beams showed its bones were mostly hollow (like modern birds). The researchers found its wing bones matched that of modern birds with the ability to take off quickly and fly a short distance, like pheasants.
The article also says that Archaeopteryx lived about 150 million years ago, but Hambo doesn’t mention that. He continues:
So let’s apply the duck test to Archaeopteryx. This magpie-sized creature had hollow bones like a bird, feathers like a bird, the ability to fly like a bird, and other features some birds are known to have. Now this may be stretching it, but maybe, just maybe, it was actually a bird!
Gasp — if Archaeopteryx was a bird, that means it wasn’t a transitional species! Let’s read on:
Some evolutionists insist Archaeopteryx is a transitional form or even a flying dinosaur because it had teeth, claws on its wings, and a long, bony tail. However, these features occur in other extinct or living birds.
Well, it had a few typically dinosaur features too, but we can’t argue with the duck test. And now we come to the end:
Archaeopteryx wasn’t some kind of pre-bird dinosaur. It was a bird that was designed by its Creator to do what it was designed to do and do it well.
Fascinating! We’re left wondering if Noah took Archaeopteryx on the Ark along with the dinosaurs, but he probably did. There was plenty of room.
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