A new fossil has been discovered and featured in National Geographic raising more controversy and grasping for paint brushes in the Dino to Bird debate.
“So here you have a form that’s reduced the first finger, and it is right in this period of transition in the evolution of theropods,” Clark said. The find helps fill in what had been seen as a “chink” in the otherwise widely supported theory that birds descended from dinosaurs, said Hans Dieter.”
“Sues, a paleontologist at Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History who was not involved in the research. “Having a fossil that shows that there are three digits plus this sort of little residual digit … is almost a perfect structural intermediate” linking theropods and birds, he said.”
As you can see, the artwork filled the fossil with feathers even though there is no direct evidence. It is true, developmental stages of birds can be observed but not with dinosaurs. The story of the toes does nothing to remedy other aspects of this hypothesis.
It has been observed that theropods have lizard-hips rather than bird like hips. Birds have an immobile femur which theropods don’t have. The immobile femur is required so the bird can breath or the fact that birds have been found in the fossil record before most dinosaur species existed.
At some point in time way into the future, paleontologists will reconsider their long-held belief and eventually cave into another false belief, “birds evolved along side dinosaurs.” Birds multiplied alongside dinosaurs.
“Frankly, there’s a lot of museum politics involved in this, a lot of careers committed to a particular point of view even if new scientific evidence raises questions,” Ruben said.
True, money is a huge motivator in science especially when one makes a pretty good living doing research, in this case research that has been falsified but the story continues.