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Web Site of the Month - January 2017
by Lothar Janetzko

Did a Dinosaur Get Its Feathered Tail Caught in Amber?
https://answersingenesis.org/dinosaurs/feathers/did-dinosaur-get-feathered-tail-caught-in-amber/?utm_source=articlesmedia&utm_medium=email&utm_content=featurebutton&utm_campaign=20161217&mc_cid=01ee0d0c24&mc_eid=a29551800f

Answers in Depth

This month’s website review looks at an article found in 1:1 Answers IN GENESIS about what the popular media is proclaiming to be a new evolutionary breakthrough. Here are just some of the headlines.

Here is some background about this new discovery:

“The feathered tail specimen known as DIP-V-15103 was discovered by Chinese paleontologist Lida Xing while shopping in an amber market in Myanmar (formerly Burma). He purchased a piece of Myanmar Mid-Cretaceous amber that contained a tiny feathered tail piece as well as various insects. Without knowing its in situ origin, right away, 'he knew he had something special' and declared it to be the tail from a 99-million-year-old feathered theropod (bipedal) dinosaur. Had it merely been a piece of bird tail with feathers, it would have been of only passing interest. But a real dinosaur with undisputed feathers clearly attached to the tail is a very different matter.” The fossil in the amber is not a whole dinosaur tail, but a small piece of a tiny feathered tail measuring about 1.4 inches in length and contains 8 vertebrae. Xing says, “It is estimated that this would make this presumed relative of T.rex about the size of a sparrow.”

The article then critically examines the findings published by Xing, et al. in Current Biology (December 8, 2016). You can find a link to these published findings in the article and links to articles about this discovery published in Science and Nature Communications.

The article first discusses osteology, which is the study of the structure and function of the skeleton and bony structures of an organism. Here you will find a discussion about tail vertebrae and Archaeopteryx believed by some to be a fossil of an extinct bird and others as a transitional fossil between dinosaurs and modern birds. The author points out that “the presence of several tail vertebrae in a fossil is not necessarily evidence that the fossil is a dinosaur rather than a bird.”

The next topic discussed in the article is plumage. Xing, et al., refer to the feathers found in amber as “primitive plumage”.

Myology and balance are the final topics discussed in the article.

Whatever it is that is found in the amber purchased Lida Xing, it certainly has generated a lot of press and interest by both evolutionists and creationists. Just search the Internet about this discovery and you will find a wealth of information that makes for interesting reading.

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Web Site of the Month - February 2017
by Lothar Janetzko

How to Defend Evolutionism Against Creationism
http://www.wikihow.com/Defend-Evolutionism-Against-Creationism

Wiki How tells you how to do anything.

This month’s website review looks at an article that describes methods evolutionists should use to defend evolutionism against creationism. From the introduction, you can gain basic insight into how evolutionists should deal with issues raised by creationists. “The idea of evolution has been around since the 1800s and is widely accepted around the world. Still, there are many people who hold religious explanations for the origins and growth of life. Some take a literal reading of scripture (called Young Earth Creationists) while others use more complex, pseudo-science (Intelligent Design). If you find yourself in a debate, be sure to anticipate these groups’ claims. Try to reconcile religious arguments while defending the science behind evolution.” What follows in the article are three methods that evolutionists are encouraged to use.

Method 1: Reconciling Religious Claims

This method recommends that you should

  1. Separate faith and science
  2. Acknowledge evolution’s limits
  3. Point to other creation myths
  4. Accept that evolution and God do not have to be contradictory

Method 2: Defending Science

This method suggests that evolutionists

  1. Familiarize themselves with creationist claims and how to refute them
  2. Urge your friend to understand the philosophy of science
  3. Reiterate that evolution is sound science
  4. Calmly and clearly rebut other claims

Method 3: Dealing with Intelligent Design

This final method points out that evolutionists should

  1. Note that Intelligent Design (ID) is not science
  2. Undercut claims about complexity and function
  3. Deal with the argument from chance
  4. Attack ID’s central logical problem

The details provided when discussing the three methods make for interesting reading and really show how evolutionists are encouraged to try and refute any claims made by creationists regarding the validity of the theory of evolution.

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Web Site of the Month - March 2017
by Lothar Janetzko

Creation vs. Evolution - Which Does Science Support?
http://www.truenews.org/Creation_vs_Evolution/creation_vs_evolution.html

TrueNews.org - Be Informed. Make a Difference.

This month’s website review looks at an article about creation vs. evolution found on the TrueNews.org website. Since the outcome of the 2016 Presidential election, the subject of fake news has made headlines. I find it interesting that a site like TrueNews.org exists and that it provides insight into topics such as

  1. Church and State
  2. Creation vs. Evolution
  3. Education
  4. Family Values
  5. Global Warming
  6. Homosexuality
  7. Legal Aid
  8. Liberalism
  9. Media Bias
  10. Politics
  11. Taxes
  12. U.S. History

The article provides a summary of the current ongoing debate between creation and evolution. It starts out by stating that “The subject of origins, or how we got here, is one of the most fundamental questions that can be asked. Why we are here is a question science cannot answer, but is just as important. How we answer these questions provides the basis for how we think about things – it defines our ‘world-view’”.

The article continues by contrasting the world-view of creationists and evolutionists. At the heart of creationism is the belief that people were created by God, while evolutionists believe people exist because of many random, chance events.

The topic of Natural Selection (Survival of the Fittest) is then discussed. The point is made that there is no evidence that a species has ever turned into another species.

The area of science education is discussed in detail. Many educators insist that evolution must be taught as fact and creationists’ views have no place in the classroom. “However, there is no place in science or education for indoctrination, dogmatism or authoritarianism from either side…there is no justification for teaching that the evolutionary view of nature is the only one which is admissible for scientists.”

Throughout the article, you will find links to additional material and at the end there is a list of links to “excellent sites for scientific information about creation”.

On the main page of the site you will also find links to books that you may find interesting in learning more about the ongoing debate between creation and evolution.

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Web Site of the Month - April 2017
by Lothar Janetzko

Darwinism as an April Fool Prank
http://crev.info/2015/04/darwinism-as-an-april-fool-prank/

“Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution. April Fool!”

For this month’s website review about creation and evolution, I decided to search the Internet for articles about this subject and April Fool jokes and pranks. I found it interesting that many articles and even videos can be found that cover this subject. Just search the Internet with your favorite search engine and I’m sure you will find many interesting articles.

The article featured in this review is found on the CREATION EVOLUTION HEADLINES website. It points out that “You have to be careful what you read today, because normal-looking articles may end up with ‘April Fool’ at the end”. This is especially true when looking at articles on April 1. The article, however, chooses to look at “serious claims by evolutionists”.

The first topic that is discussed is that humans are related to corn. This was reported on in Science Daily. It is reported that “four stranded DNA-protein is conserved in plants and animals”. The conclusions reached by evolutionists about how long it has been since plants split from animals, and the resulting implications are discussed. You can find a link to the Science Daily article should you desire to learn more about the claim that “When it comes to plants and animals, sometimes the two are more alike that you’d think.”

The next topic discussed also comes from a Science Daily headline which reads: “Language of gene switches unchanged across evolution.” Here you learn all about the language of gene switches and that the author of a study observed “in spite of more than 600 million years of evolution, almost all known DNA words found in humans and mice were recognized by fruit fly transcription factors.

Survival of the weakest is discussed next about a headline on PhysOrg: “‘Most attractive’ male birds don’t have the best genes.” This headline reports on new UCL research conducted by geneticists. Just click on the link to the article and learn how these geneticists arrived at the results reported in the headline. It certainly makes for interesting reading.

The final headline discussed is one about the Coelacanth as reported on The Conversation. “This prank goes back 77 years. Evolutionists had been saying that the Coelacanth, an extinct bony-finned fish, was an evolutionary missing link to a land creature.” In 1938, however it was re-discovered living in South Africa. From the article on The Conversation you learn that the fish which “has been spotted in the waters of East Africa, including South Africa, Madagascar, Comoros and Tanzania, also lives in Indonesian waters.” Also, in Indonesia they are planning to build a center for Coelacanth research. What’s interesting is that the researchers in Indonesia say they are “curious to learn more about Coelacanth’s reproductive system, feeding habits, growth, genetics and migration, because all that information can reveal more about the evolution of living species” despite the fact that “this fish has retained its features for 400 million years” and has not evolved.

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