Long flight feathers adorn the hind legs of Microraptor gui (Image: Xing Xu)
A stunning set of six fossils discovered in China could rewrite our understanding of how and why birds first took to the sky. The fossils clearly show a small dinosaur that had flight feathers covering its legs, as well as tail and arms, forming an extra pair of wings never before seen by palaeontologists.
News of the find comes just days after scientists published work showing that baby partridges flap their tiny wings to help them climb steep slopes, an insight that may explain why wings first evolved. Together, the two discoveries may represent one the most significant advances in the contentious study of avian evolution for decades.
"We need to be prepared to change some cherished notions" about the evolution of flight, palaeontologist Larry Witmer of Ohio University told New Scientist.
Experts have traditionally been split between two mutually exclusive theories. Flight either began...
Per Dan Ford's note, a very small sample of forgeries from the "fossil record" includes another "bird" from China (National Geographic got duped by it), Nebraska man (one tooth from a pig), Java man (orangutan, I believe), Piltdown man (pig tooth), and numerous others.
Then you get the Haeckel diagrams that claimed that fish embryos looked like human embryos. False, but you'll still find these and other frauds in biology textbooks and pro-abortion documents.
Let's not forget the reason that China is doing so much great evolutionary "research": a critical foundation of Marxist ideology is atheism, which in turn requires a story of origins. Obviously, they can't use ours, so they must align themselves with Darwin.
Every mention of `fossil' in this article should be in "quotes" to signify the dubious nature of "fossils" from this area of China. The Evolutionists themselves are now publishing papers alerting scientists to distrust Chinese "fossils" due to the documented FRAUD in MANY supposed transitional "fossils" that were later found to be elaborate FORGERIES. China gets lots of $$$$$$ for "fossils", and has a vested interest in creating them. The 'artisans' in this area of China are the best in the world. Also, western evilutionists have been very gullible, not instisting on proper documentation, authentication of "fossils" in situ. Caveat Emptor.
I sure like that part about "other animals that learnt to fly whilst jumping to earth from trees"! What a hoot! What happened before one of them finally grew wings? Why they all would have splattered their little brains all over the ground! How would they have evolved then, if all of them died trying to learn how to fly?
And by the way, it sure would have been interesting to see a dino/bird while it was evolving...half wing, half leg...which one would the predator catch? The dino who doesn't have full wings/legs? Or the dino with all four legs to run? You do the math....
"Evolution is a fairy tale for grown-ups. This theory has helped nothing in the progress of science. It is useless." AMEN! Prof. Louis Bounoure (Former President of the Biological Society of Strasbourg and Director of the Strasbourg Zoological Museum, later Director of Research at the French National Centre of Scientific Research) as quoted in The Advocate, Thursday 8 March 1984, p.17.