Cryptozoology - Creation vs Evolution - Dinosaurs

6/03 - Scott writes
Mr. Niednagel - If you are truly interested in reporting the truth, why not include this quote from Dr Fedduccia concerning Archaeopteryx? - "The Archaeopteryx fossil is, in fact, the most superb example of a specimen perfectly intermediate between two higher groups of living organisms--what has come to be called a 'missing link', a Rosetta stone of evolution...."

First off, critiques as well as compliments are welcome here at That's how we grow.

The question Scott puts forth regards the recent TA article titled, "Are You My Mother?" In the article, Dr. Alan Feduccia of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill quotes that, in essence, dinosaurs are not the ancestors of birds. Although there are a number of ways to answer this question, I will try to get to the heart of the matter.

In response, I wish to ask a rather simple question. Namely, is it wrong to quote an individual on one particular subject while leaving out another quote of that same individual on another particular subject? As most (if not all) would agree, of course it isn't.

Now, although Dr. Alan Feduccia may think highly of Archaeopteryx (after all, he is an evolutionist), it is no secret that Feduccia is a strong disbeliever in dinosaur to bird evolution. Indeed, the quote shared above even reveals this, with him stating "Archaeopteryx is . . . the most superb example of a specimen perfectly intermediate between two higher groups of living organisms..." Notice, did he say perfectly intermediate between birds and dinosaurs? No. Why? Because he doesn't believe Archaeopteryx is such (rather, it evolved separately). Therefore, it isn't wrong to quote Feduccia in an article pertaining solely to dinosaur to bird evolution if that's what he believes about the subject.

Feduccia doesn't believe birds came from dinosaurs. Period. In fact, with direct reference to Archaeopteryx, Feduccia says, "Paleontologists have tried to turn Archaeopteryx into an earth-bound, feathered dinosaur. But it’s not. It is a bird, a perching bird. And no amount of 'paleobabble' is going to change that."

And how right he is, regardless of his belief in evolution.

Thanks for writing,

Jordan Niednagel


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