Bird Non-Evolution from Dinosaurs

first_img(Visited 68 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Losing traits won’t make a dinosaur fly, and other conundrums in the presumed dinosaur-to-bird evolutionary story.Could Dinosaurs Fly? (Laura Geggel on Live Science). Michael Habib really wants to get dinosaurs airborne. “As long as the creature’s wing size, weight and muscles met certain criteria, it could likely fly,” he speculates. “But these feathery creatures would be no match for today’s birds, which can fly long distances.” Does he have evidence to back up his speculation? No, just some bone measurements. He could make dinosaur fossils fly by throwing them.Foraging differences let closely related seabirds coexist (Phys.org). Frigate birds are amazing long-distance flyers that can fly for months over the ocean, but cannot swim . They are a far cry from dinosaurs, demonstrating the challenge to evolutionists to explain them by mutations and natural selection (see Evolution News & Views about the challenge to neo-Darwinism posed by frigate birds).5 Times Evolution Ran in ‘Reverse’ (National Geographic). “Regressive evolution?” That’s when Darwin takes away things—evolution by subtraction. It’s not exactly a good way to create progress from dinosaurs to powered flight. On NG’s list are penguins and birds without teeth.No teeth? No problem: Dinosaur species had teeth as babies, lost them as they grew: Discovery may explain why birds are toothless (Science Daily). Speaking of tooth loss, these evolutionists are not surprised that birds lack teeth. Some dinosaurs lost them, too. And your point is?Anomalously high variation in postnatal development is ancestral for dinosaurs but lost in birds (PNAS). Here’s another story of trait loss that doesn’t help the narrative that birds evolved from dinosaurs. “Surprisingly, the earliest dinosaurs and their close relatives possessed an extremely high amount of variation, higher than either crocodylians or birds.”Phylogenomics and Morphology of Extinct Paleognaths Reveal the Origin and Evolution of the Ratites (Current Biology). This is another story of trait loss: the origin of flightlessness in large ground birds, like the moas of New Zealand. The authors treat us to a tale of “overseas dispersal” by these birds, and subsequent gigantism. Interesting, but we’re looking for evidence that dinosaurs evolved into flying birds.Geoscientists size-up early dinosaurs, find surprising variation (Phys.org). Cataloguing dinosaurs requires assumptions and arbitrary criteria. This article assumes birds are the living relatives of dinosaurs without providing evidence. As for the question “Why were there so many dinosaur species?”, Nick Longrich on The Conversation is not surprised; in fact, he thinks more will turn up. He does not automatically count birds in their number. “So it seems reasonable to guess that there were between 50,000 and 500,000 species of dinosaurs – without including Mesozoic birds, which might double the diversity.”Biologists follow ‘fossilizable’ clues to pinpoint when mammal, bird and dinosaur ancestors became athletes (Science Daily). Active mammals, birds and dinosaurs seem to have smaller red blood cells (RBCs). What does that prove? Not much about dinosaur-to-bird evolution.Similar environmental pressures can result in similar solutions to problems in these very different groups of animals,” says Huttenlocker. “In this paper, we’re just focusing on one little nugget of that. But the forerunners of mammals and birds were able to exercise and be athletes in the Permian-Triassic world.”New prehistoric bird species discovered (Science Daily). This discovery isn’t going to help evolutionists, because the species “would have been a cross between a large seagull and a diving bird like a cormorant, but likely had teeth.” And that was as far back as 90 million Darwin years ago. If it was flying and diving already, it wasn’t a dinosaur by any stretch of the imagination.Predicting the basis of convergent evolution (Science Magazine). This paper weaves the magic wand of “convergent evolution” to explain why different groups of birds, from hummingbirds to waterfowl, “evolved” high-altitude adaptation. Nothing about dinosaurs here.Migrating birds pile up along Great Lakes’ shores (Phys.org). This tells more about living birds, which show not only flight but spectacular navigational skill. “Birds prefer to migrate at night—so much so that if day breaks while they’re over water, they’ll turn back toward the nearest shore rather than pressing on,” scientists learned. Hard to call these critters living dinosaurs.We looked all over for weeks to find evidence that birds evolved from dinosaurs, but couldn’t find any. We’ll keep looking.last_img read more

Lionel Messi hits 50th hat trick to give Barca 4-2 win at Sevilla

first_imgMississippi players kneel during anthem in response to rally ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Barcelona had drawn four of its previous five matches and its only goal in three games had been a penalty by Messi. A setback in Seville would have given Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid the chance to spark up the title race when they play on Sunday.Instead, Messi almost singlehandedly ensured Barcelona opened a 10-point gap over Atletico and a 12-point advantage over Madrid.Barcelona also rediscovered its scoring form in time for a critical week of back-to-back clashes with Madrid. The fierce rivals meet in the second leg of their Copa del Rey semifinal on Wednesday after a 1-1 draw at Camp Nou, before clashing again in the league next weekend.“We went through a patch when we weren’t playing our best and that makes everything more difficult. We were having trouble converting our chances,” Messi said. “When everything flows, things go well for us, as we saw today. Today we were back to playing like we know how. We played a great match.”Sevilla outplayed Barcelona through much of the first half and was twice ahead thanks to Jesus Navas and Gabriel Mercado.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Sevilla went ahead twice, but Messi hit back each time before he netted a third goal with five minutes remaining.After taking his league-leading tally to 25 goals, Messi added an assist for Luis Suarez to round off the win before the whistle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesIt was Messi’s 44th hat trick for Barcelona, to go with another six for Argentina, according to the club.“This doesn’t mean the league is ours yet. There is a long way to go, but it was very important to win here to protect the advantage we have over our rivals,” Messi said. “The game turned against us but we knew how to pull it out.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Sixth-place Alaves drew 0-0 with relegation-threatened Celta Vigo, while Athletic Bilbao won 1-0 against Eibar. Raul Garcia scored a first-minute goal for Athletic, which is up to eighth.center_img But Messi responded both times with strikes that produced the same result: goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik helplessly pawing thin air as the ball sailed over his head.Messi cancelled out Navas’ 22nd-minute opener four minutes later with an exquisite volley, as the Argentine blasted Ivan Rakitic’s cross into the top corner of the net.Messi equalized a second time in the 67th after Rakitic recovered the ball, laid off for Ousmane Dembele, who found Barcelona’s all-time top scorer alone on the edge of the area and he curled the ball into the corner.Messi finally put Barcelona in charge when he nonchalantly chipped the ball over Vaclik.“Not only did Messi score three great goals, it was how he scored them,” said Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde. “There was a lot at stake in this match. We weren’t playing well and then he appeared. That is Messi.”Sevilla fell into fifth place, with Getafe moving up into the Champions League spots after beating Rayo Vallecano 2-1.UMTITI RETURNSDefender Samuel Umtiti played his first match for Barcelona after being sidelined since late November with a left knee problem that has plagued him since helping France win the 2018 World Cup.Umtiti, who played the full 90 minutes, has only made nine appearances for Barcelona this campaign.OTHER RESULTS LATEST STORIES PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Barcelona forward Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during La Liga soccer match between Sevilla and Barcelona at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville, Spain. Saturday, February 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Miguel Morenatti)BARCELONA, Spain — Just when Barcelona was at its worst, Lionel Messi gave one of his best performances of the season.Messi scored his 50th hat trick for club and country on Saturday in a 4-2 victory at Sevilla, helping Barcelona to take a big step toward retaining the Spanish league title.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

2013 X-Blades National Touch League

first_imgAustralia’s best Touch Footballers have converged on the BCU International Stadium in Coffs Harbour to compete in the 2013 Touch Football Australia X-Blades National Touch League (NTL). Over 100 teams across 14 divisions will participate at the event, while the 2013 event signals the return of the Elite Eight Series, which was first played in 2011. The NTL, which will be held between Wednesday, 13 March and Saturday, 16 March, returns to Coffs Harbour, which has previously held the event from 1997-2008. To view the updated draw, please head to the NTL website, which can be found by clicking on the following link – www.ntl.mytouchfooty.com. Stay tuned to www.austouch.com.au in the lead up to the event for all of the latest news and information. You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2013)Instagram –search for ‘Touch Football Australia’YouTubewww.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated Fileselite_8_and_ntl_media_release_-_web-pdfRelated Links2013 X-Blades NTLlast_img read more

Womens basketball preview Six new players ready to shine on promising OSU

OSU then-sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) dribbles the ball during a game against Nebraska on Feb. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern File PhotoWhen the Ohio State women’s basketball team faces Ashland University in an exhibition game on Sunday, fans will finally get to see the new wave of talent donning the Scarlet and Gray.Gone are guards Cait Craft — who provided both defense and leadership — and Ameryst Alston, who was second on the 2015-16 team in scoring at 18.3 points per game. Forward Kalpana Beach and center Lisa Blair have departed the program as well.But the Buckeyes will debut six new players this season, starting with freshmen guards Kiara Lewis and Jensen Caretti, and forward Tori McCoy, who all ranked within the top-31 in their class by ESPN.“I think all three of our freshmen are going to really contribute this year,” OSU coach Kevin McGuff said. “They’ve got a lot of talent. They are going to be really great in our program.”OSU will also welcome the additions of three transfers. Redshirt junior forward Stephanie Mavunga (previously at North Carolina) and redshirt sophomore guard Sierra Calhoun (Duke) will jump right into the Buckeyes’ lineup. Redshirt junior guard Linnae Harper (Kentucky) will have to wait until the end of OSU’s fall semester before hitting the court.All six players bring plenty of on-the-court talent to the Buckeyes, but Mavunga also believes that she has taken on an important vocal leadership role with the team.“That’s one of the biggest things that drives a team to really be great,” Mavunga said. “If the team is really quiet out there, especially on defense, then you don’t really know what’s going on.”With the additions of Mavunga and McCoy, OSU now boasts more size in the interior, something that hurt last year’s team. In the Buckeyes’ season-ending, 78-62 Sweet-16 loss to Tennessee in the NCAA Tournament, Volunteers’ center Mercedes Russell put up a game- and career-high 25 points.“We’ve got a little bit more presence around the basket,” McGuff said. “We need to utilize people and get them the ball.”New faces, new depthWith the talented additions, OSU is looking at one of its deepest rosters in recent memory. Throughout this offseason, Buckeyes’ coaches and players have been harping on the team’s new depth and what it could mean for the program.“I think it put us in a little bit better position here early on, hopefully,” McGuff said.OSU wasn’t in too great of a situation early on last year, dropping its first two regular season contests. The Buckeyes fell 88-80 to No. 2 South Carolina in the season opener on the road and followed it up with a 100-56 loss to No. 1 UConn in the home opener.McGuff believes that the competitive nature of this year’s team, thanks to depth, will help the team get off to a better start this time around.“Ultimately, that’s got to be what really drives this team — the competitive environment we have on a daily basis,” McGuff said.Mitchell expanding her roleAssociated Press preseason first-team All-American junior guard Kelsey Mitchell earns plenty of national praise, but there may be no one who speaks more highly of her than her coach.“She’s, in my opinion, the best player in college basketball,” McGuff said. “She obviously scores a lot of points, but she also makes others around her better.”The praise is warranted. Mitchell has accomplished quite a bit in her two seasons at OSU, including breaking her own single-season scoring record in her sophomore year after breaking the record the year before.She is widely regarded as one of the better players in all of women’s college basketball, but she never lets the spotlight shine too bright.“I just show up every day,” Mitchell said. “I just go to school, play basketball, go to school, play basketball. I don’t try to think ahead; I don’t try to think too far behind.”Mitchell said that she is excited for this year’s Buckeye team and what some of the newcomers can bring to the program.“I think the one thing that separates us from other teams is that we are down to try anything, whatever the team needs,” Mitchell said. “I think our new people will do that.”Sunday’s preseason game against Ashland will tip off at 1 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center, preparing OSU for its regular-season opener against Duquesne on Friday, Nov. 11 at St. John Arena. read more

Paco Lopez Levante proud to beat Barcelona with or without Messi

first_imgLevante manager Paco Lopez says he is proud of his team’s performance as they defeated Barcelona 2-1 in the Copa del Rey Round of 16 first leg on Thursday night.Levante dominated control in a match where Barcelona star player Lionel Messi was not listed to play a part and many soccer followers suggest Barcelona’s decision to rest key players accounted for the outcome of the Match.Lopez has now played down such claims and feels the victory was no less commendable even in the Argentine’s absence.“For a team like ours, defeating Barcelona is always based on merit and I am not going to take anything away from it.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“We are aware that the best player in the world was not present, but I am very proud of my team, very proud,”  Lopez told Marca.Levante made some changes to their lineup as eight new faces played a part in the game.Barcelona look set to concentrate on LaLiga title race.last_img read more

Drop Cover Hold message spread TCI Wide by DDME

first_img#MagneticNewsMedia#EarthquakeAwarenessWeek Recommended for you Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Related Items:#EarthquakeAwarenessWeek, #MagneticNewsMedia TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOAcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 13, 2017 – Earthquake Awareness Week did more than host activities in Providenciales; in a rare opportunity the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies visited several other islands with the message of Drop, Cover and Hold – its what you do if an earthquake hits.On Thursday though, it was a series of scenarios as the DDME welcomed stakeholder input in the aim to develop a national plan for handling an earthquake event.  Kayana Bowen of the DDME called it a worthwhile exchange;  “It’s very heated right now at the moment, because persons are saying that they have a command, they know what their role and responsibility is, however, when you actually come to the table and faced with the situation you realize that you’re stumped.  So the good thing about it is we have other stakeholders around the table who are providing feedback, giving them ideas who are discussing what are better ways to approach things and do things to make sure they respond effectively.”As many as 25 stakeholders were represented at the session held at the DDMEs office.   Thursday, January 12 also marked the seventh anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti, which some had reported was felt even here in Providenciales at the time.   The TCI was put under a tsunami watch in 2010 due to the quake in Port Au Prince, which killed nearly half a million people and displaced one million others. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissionerlast_img read more

The life of Mr Bongo Jack Costanzo

first_img Posted: October 1, 2018 Dave Scott Categories: Dave’s World Of Wonder, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter October 1, 2018 RELATED: Dave’s World of Wonder- Legacy of Jack Costanzo KUSI’s Dave Scott was live from the Music Box in Little Italy Monday afternoon. The life of “Mr. Bongo,” Jack Costanzo Dave Scott, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Today, San Diego celebrates the life of a great musician, Jack “Mr. Bongo” Costanzo.Costanzo was greatly known for introducing the bongos to American jazz music.He sadly passed away in August, but today his loved ones celebrate his life.last_img read more