|Dinosaur and Bird...|
David Menton, is still a liar. A report came out today in Nature that may change the thinking of how the early transition from Dinos to birds occurred, but leave it to creationists to lie about it and wet their pants. The Wackos over at World Net Daily, of the "Where's the Birth Certificate" fame interviewed our favorite people at AIG to see how they could manipulate the data and have it fit into their nice little belief system.
The Nature article details, that since the discovery of Archaeopteryx in 1861, many other 'feathered dinosaurs' have been discovered including the most recent Xiaotingia zhengi described by Xing Xu, a palaeontologist at the Institute of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Palaeoanthropology in Beijing. With this new discovery, Xu suggests that feathered dinosaurs, such as Archaeopteryx and X. zhengi may not actually be early bird transitions, but more closely related to a Velociraptor, and should be thought as 'bird-like' dinosaurs and not 'dinosaur-like' birds.
This is where our good friends at AIG, Ken Ham and David Menton, begin their cherry-picking quest to have this data somehow disprove evolution. Ham states, "This and other since-discredited assumptions about evolutionary process still are being taught as fact in schools." His evidence for this? By saying that at an evolutionary science meeting he attended that the consensus was that Archaeropteryx is just a bird. You can listen to this in the embedded audio clip in the article. Hand waves, with no evidence. Then Ken's best friend David Menton (of the Liar, liar pants on fire fame) goes on to play Barney to Ham's Fred. "What he's arguing is that … thanks to his new discovery, Archaeopteryx should be classified a dinosaur, not really a bird at all. … We're supposed to forget everything we have known [about] Archaeopteryx." The piece doesn't say whether Menton believes it to be a dino, bird, rock with carvings made by man, but I'm sure there is a creationist consensus somewhere.
The story then continues to talk about how similar birds are to dinosaurs, something either the folks at WND didn't realize they were doing, or are just to blind to notice. Either way, victory science! For the real entertainment, go to the comment section. That is where the real crazy lives. Ken Ham and David Menton are just lairs and con-artists. The blind, dumb, thick-headed people that would actually accept anything at face-value and gladly pay the $20 to enter the creation museum live in that comment section.
I understand, that science is hard sometimes, and that we don't always get it right the first time. Luckily however, there are smart people out there constantly testing and challenging established ways of thinking.
I'm also glad sometimes for Ham, he's very entertaining.