Saturday, September 22, 2012

Feathered Dinosaurs Upsetting to Creationists

The traditional view of dinosaurs has been changing in recent years based on new evidence, which indicates that dinosaurs had feathers and links them ever more closely to birds.In an article in Slate on September 19, 2012, Brian Switek documents the changing picture of dinosaurs that is emerging as a result of new science. Evolutionists, welcome new evidence and data so they can have a more accurate understanding of what the dinosaurs were like and how they lived.

Biblical literalists, often called creationists, are upset by the changing picture of dinosaurs and have launched a campaign to "Take dinosaurs back."

"The dinosaurs of our childhood aren’t around anymore. The sluggish, swamp-bound pea-brains that haunted museum halls and trundled through picture books have been eviscerated by agile, hot-blooded, and, often, feathery dinosaurs that more accurately reflect what Tyrannosaurus rex and kin were actually like. What’s more, thanks to a heap of lovely fossils, we now know that even the most fearsome of the tyrant dinosaurs were closely related to the avian dinosaurs—the birds—that flit around our backyards today."

 Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis—said, “Dinosaurs have been held hostage for decades” by his mortal enemy, the nefarious “secular humanists.”  Ham is upset that natural history museums,  which actually run research programs and contribute new facts and hypotheses to our understanding of prehistoric life, unlike the Creation Museum that uses the traditional evidence of dinosaurs as a static, dumb slow-moving creature.

The first dinosaurs evolved about 230 million years ago, and, with the exception of birds, perished about 6

The creationists argue that dinosaurs were created on Day 6 of creation week 6,000 years ago, with birds being brought into existence on Day 5. the idea that dinosaurs might have had feathers extend the birds, which further confuses "creationism science," one of the great oxymorons of our time.

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