We found an ark-load of creationism in one little post from from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. The title is Fossil Bird Uncovered with Unlaid Egg Inside, and it’s at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), Hambo’s creationist ministry. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
After examining a fossil left in a box in storage for ten years, scientists made a surprising discovery — this fossilized bird, found in lower Cretaceous sediment, was preserved with her unlaid egg still inside her. There was also evidence of medullary bone, “a calcium-bearing tissue that aids in eggshell formation.” This is strong support for the idea that so-called ancient birds (this one dated at a supposed 110 million years) created and laid eggs in a similar fashion to today’s birds.
“So-called” ancient birds, and a “supposed” 110 million years. A slow beginning, but it quickly gets better. Hambo says:
The scientific paper [You can read it on-line:] An Early Cretaceous enantiornithine (Aves) preserving an unlaid egg and probable medullary bone] on this find, published in Nature Communications, is unequivocally reporting on a true bird. The researchers know it’s a bird, and all the popular summaries of the research mention that it’s a bird. [Okay, okay, it’s a bird!] Yet the scientific paper refers to an evolutionary link that dinosaurs allegedly have with birds, from the beginning of the paper right through to the end, with phrases such as: [examples omitted].
Then he scoffs at the silly scientists:
Evolutionists are so committed to their blind-faith belief [Hee hee!] that birds are dinosaurs because of a supposed shared evolutionary ancestry that a discussion of an actual bird laying a bird’s egg somehow tells us about dinosaur reproduction. This is a totally ridiculous leap!
Good, huh? He continues:
Birds aren’t dinosaurs. [Right!] They were created on day five of creation week, while land animals (including what we today call dinosaurs) were created on day six.
That settles it! Case closed! But Hambo goes on:
This exciting fossil find tells us nothing about dinosaur evolution, though it does show that birds in the past reproduced the same way as birds in the present.
At this point you’re probably expecting Hambo’s post to start winding down — but he makes a sudden shift and brings up even more creationism. Here it comes:
The discovery also points to rapid burial. [That’s a hint.] This bird died, possibly because of an often-fatal condition usually caused by extreme stress, known as “egg binding” (the egg inside this bird was malformed), and was quickly buried before scavengers or microbes could break the bird down. The body was probably buried during the global flood of Noah’s time — and perhaps the stress that caused the egg binding was the rising floodwaters that eventually buried her.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! You didn’t see that coming, did you? This was one of Hambo’s best.
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