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Move over T. Rex! Make way for the small dinos!
About this creation
Historically, big dinosaurs have always garnered the most attention. T. Rex, Brachiosaurus, Stegosaurus, Triceratops--everyone knows the names of these giants. However, in recent years, small dinosaurs have invaded museums, magazines, and science specials. Names like Sinocalliopteryx, Sinosauropteryx, and Scipionx have become common names in scientific literature, largely due to the rise of evolutionary theories regarding the origin of birds. Reports of "feathered dinosaur" fossils from Chinese fossil beds occur regularly, seemingly giving support to the idea that dinosaurs are direct descendants of small theropod dinosaurs, such as those mentioned above.

However, more detailed research has begun to cast a shadow of doubt on the idea of "feathered dinosaur" evolution. For example, in 2005, the Journal of Morphology published a paper which revealed a close match between collagen protein fibers in decaying animal skin and the supposed "protofeathers" found on many dinosaur fossils. On the other hand, these "protofeathers", being mere filaments, do not posses the characteristics of true feathers, and thus, do not support the claim that these dinosaurs were on their way to becoming birds.



Theropod dinosaurs, such as the one modeled in this LEGO creation, also have an entirely different anatomy than that of birds. The center of gravity in theropod dinosaurs is balanced over the thighs, near the back of its body. However, the center of gravity in birds is located between the wings near the front of the body. Dinosaurs likely walked with both the thighs and the knees, however, birds are designed to walk with their knees, in order to prevent damage to the birds delicate air-sack breathing system. These two anatomies are incompatible.



All things considered, is it really plausible to assume that dinosaurs evolved into birds? The fossil evidence does not support the idea, and such a transition would require a rapid leap in the supposedly slow and gradual evolution of living things, one which is not warranted by observable scientific data. The evidence seems to be much more consistent with the idea that dinosaurs and birds have always been distinct animal kinds and are not related. This seems to be in harmony with the Genesis account of Creation, which records that God made birds "after their kind" a day before he made land animals like dinosaurs "after their kind".

Of course, if the Bible deserves our trust when it talks about physical things like dinosaurs and birds, doesn't it deserve our trust when it talks about our origin and destiny? According to the Bible, God originally made made perfect, with no blemish and no rebellion. However, in Genesis 3 we read that the first man, Adam, rebelled against his Creator, thereby introduction death, the consequence of rebellion, into the world. This rebellion, called sin, has been passed down to all mankind, and thus, death also has been passed onto all mankind. However, 2,000 years ago God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to come and live a perfect life, to die on a Cross, paying the punishment for our rebellion, and then rise on the third day, proving that He had conquered sin's death penalty. Now He offers you the free gift of salvation and eternal life on the basis of what Christ has done for you. All you have to do is repent (turn from sin) and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.



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  April 26, 2014
Quoting Bob the inconceivably invincible It seems subjective to judge them as non-dinosaurs based solely on the presence of feathers when all other evidence points the other way, and there is no reason to believe other dinosaurs did not have feathers.
What evidence do you have to support the conclusion that Microraptor and Anchiornis aren't just special kinds of birds?
Quoting Bob the inconceivably invincible Physical death is accompanied by spiritual since the fall of Adam; the two have become intertwined because of the fall. Therefore, by defeating one, the other is defeated as well. Jesus's resurrection is a mystery we can never understand, but we know that through it death is conquered, and we can come to God.
Quoting Bob the inconceivably invincible Man would return to the dust, instead of going to be with God.
What Scriptural evidence do you have to support this interpretation of the Fall, the Curse, and sin's death penalty? Scripture is pretty clear that sin didn't just affect mankind's spirit. Romans 8:21-22, along with several other passages of Scripture, speak of the whole creation as being in need of redemption, and speak of the world to come as a restoration of the original world (i.e. Acts 3:21). But if the original world was full of death and pain, how can the world of Revelation 21-22 be a restoration of it?
Quoting Bob the inconceivably invincible A world without death is not "very good" because it is not sustainable. Animals and people would reproduce but never die, thus filling up the earth, and completely taking up all its resources.
I don't think that such a problem is warranted by Scripture. Genesis 1 says that God commanded man and the animals to "be fruitful and multiply" and "fill the earth." Surely, our all-knowing God could have made a way of avoiding this situation that doesn't involve violating His life-giving, holy, and just character. In the end, God knew that Adam and Eve would sin and bring death into the world, so this really isn't an issue.
  April 26, 2014
Quoting Foundations Creation Club Builders Thanks for commenting. One question I have for you is why Microraptor or Anchiornis are considered "non-avian dinosaurs"? Considering certain fossils "dinosaurs" when they have clear feathers seems rather subjective.
It seems subjective to judge them as non-dinosaurs based solely on the presence of feathers when all other evidence points the other way, and there is no reason to believe other dinosaurs did not have feathers.
Quoting Foundations Creation Club Builders As far as theistic evolution goes, it is important to remember that death is called "the last enemy" in 1 Corinthians 15:26. Jesus died and rose physically, not spiritually, which doesn't make sense if the death that was the punishment for Adam's sins was only spiritual.
Physical death is accompanied by spiritual since the fall of Adam; the two have become intertwined because of the fall. Therefore, by defeating one, the other is defeated as well. Jesus's resurrection is a mystery we can never understand, but we know that through it death is conquered, and we can come to God.
Quoting Foundations Creation Club Builders Genesis 3 clearly states that Adam's body would return to dust, speaking clearly of physical death. Also, Romans 8:22 says that all of creation, not just man's spirit, was affected by man's sin and the Curse.
Man would return to the dust, instead of going to be with God.
Quoting Foundations Creation Club Builders Lastly, the completed creation was called "very good" (Gen. 1:31) by God, which utterly removes any possibility that God used evolution, a process of mutation (imperfection) and natural selection (destruction of the "weaker races").
A world without death is not "very good" because it is not sustainable. Animals and people would reproduce but never die, thus filling up the earth, and completely taking up all its resources.
 I made it 
  April 26, 2014
Quoting Bob the inconceivably invincible I like the MOC, but I would have to disagree with you interpretation of the Bible and of scientific evidence. The status of Sinosauropteryx's protofeathers as true protofeathers or collagen fibres is disputed amoung scientists , I think there's slightly more evidence for the protofeather interpretation, but its not clear. Some other non-avian dinosaurs (like Anchiornis and Microraptor) have what are clearly feathers. The evidence of a dinosaur-bird transition is pretty convincing. Evolution does not destroy any of the fundamentals of Christianity: It never postulates that there was no Eden and a fall of man. The death of all those animals is not a problem, because death, in itself, is not evil. It is the spiritual death that is separation from God which was brought into the world by Adam's sin. I think evolution is a beautifully designed tool God used to create life on this Earth.
Thanks for commenting. One question I have for you is why Microraptor or Anchiornis are considered "non-avian dinosaurs"? Considering certain fossils "dinosaurs" when they have clear feathers seems rather subjective. As far as theistic evolution goes, it is important to remember that death is called "the last enemy" in 1 Corinthians 15:26. Jesus died and rose physically, not spiritually, which doesn't make sense if the death that was the punishment for Adam's sins was only spiritual. Genesis 3 clearly states that Adam's body would return to dust, speaking clearly of physical death. Also, Romans 8:22 says that all of creation, not just man's spirit, was affected by man's sin and the Curse. Lastly, the completed creation was called "very good" (Gen. 1:31) by God, which utterly removes any possibility that God used evolution, a process of mutation (imperfection) and natural selection (destruction of the "weaker races").
  April 26, 2014
Quoting Declan Muller How do we know? We don't. However, we also don't know if god exists either. So, I'll follow my own path and respect others on theirs. I'll stick to science as a choice, as you'll stick to religion as yours. Whoever is right does not matter, as long as we are happy with the choices we make.
Whoever's right doesn't matter if you're right, but it does if we're right. It's strange to me that you see a choice between science and Christianity: they are in perfect harmony, you don't choose one to reject the other.
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  April 26, 2014
I like the MOC, but I would have to disagree with you interpretation of the Bible and of scientific evidence. The status of Sinosauropteryx's protofeathers as true protofeathers or collagen fibres is disputed amoung scientists , I think there's slightly more evidence for the protofeather interpretation, but its not clear. Some other non-avian dinosaurs (like Anchiornis and Microraptor) have what are clearly feathers. The evidence of a dinosaur-bird transition is pretty convincing. Evolution does not destroy any of the fundamentals of Christianity: It never postulates that there was no Eden and a fall of man. The death of all those animals is not a problem, because death, in itself, is not evil. It is the spiritual death that is separation from God which was brought into the world by Adam's sin. I think evolution is a beautifully designed tool God used to create life on this Earth.
  March 20, 2014
How do we know? We don't. However, we also don't know if god exists either. So, I'll follow my own path and respect others on theirs. I'll stick to science as a choice, as you'll stick to religion as yours. Whoever is right does not matter, as long as we are happy with the choices we make.
 I made it 
  March 19, 2014
Quoting Declan Muller When you put it that way, I don't have a basis. I guess it's just 'the thing I believe in', just as the bible is yours. I believe that everyone on this planet has the right to live they way they want to live. Besides, religion does a lot of good nowadays; raising money for charity, giving people a sense of belonging or forgiveness. I mean sure, it's not my kind if thing, as I prefer science, but I have no reason to stop other's from following their own lifestyle, wether it be in religion, housing, friendship or any aspect.
How does atheism provide a basis for science? I mean, if there is no God, how do we know that our senses are trustworthy? How do we know that natural processes will operate they same way today as they did yesterday, and that they will operate the same way tomorrow? As a Christian, I see it as the duty of human beings to do science. God made man in His image and told us to "subdue" and "have dominion" over His creation, which would include studying nature and developing technology based on our discoveries. I have a basis for why nature is orderly and operates consistently: because the One who made it is orderly and unchanging. But if we are products of purposeless, mindless evolution, what basis is there for studying nature and developing technology?
 I like it 
  March 19, 2014
When you put it that way, I don't have a basis. I guess it's just 'the thing I believe in', just as the bible is yours. I believe that everyone on this planet has the right to live they way they want to live. Besides, religion does a lot of good nowadays; raising money for charity, giving people a sense of belonging or forgiveness. I mean sure, it's not my kind if thing, as I prefer science, but I have no reason to stop other's from following their own lifestyle, wether it be in religion, housing, friendship or any aspect.
 I made it 
  March 19, 2014
Quoting Declan Muller Well, both sides have their arguments. In the end, just respect others for who they are. Besides, your opinion doesn't make your MOC any different.
Thanks for being respectful. However, I would like to know what your basis is for respecting other people's beliefs. As a Christian, I have a logical, absolute foundation for respecting others. Christ said to do unto others as I would have them do to me. I know that I am no better than anyone else, however, I am much better off; I have been forgiven based on Christ's death on the Cross. As an atheist, what is your basis for being respectful of other people's beliefs?
 I like it 
  March 19, 2014
Well, both sides have their arguments. In the end, just respect others for who they are. Besides, your opinion doesn't make your MOC any different.
 I made it 
  March 19, 2014
Quoting Declan Muller Great MOC, but why isn't it that people believe that God created evolution? Huh? Doesn't that work? I mean sure, I'm an athiest, but I respect people's religion. Still, I think that a balance between god and science is in order. If you explain the wounders of science with god, then I don't mind. Still, it's just my opinion. After all, I am an athiest...
Thanks for your comment. G. Richard Bozarth wrote in the American Atheist Magazine back in 1979 that, "Christianity has fought, still fights, and will continue to fight science to the desperate end over evolution, because evolution destroys utterly and finally the very reason Jesus earthly life was supposedly made necessary. Destroy Adam and Eve and the original sin, and in the rubble you will find the sorry remains of the Son of God. If Jesus was not the redeemer who died for our sins, and this is what evolution means, then Christianity is nothing." While there are scores of Christians that accept evolutionary ideas, they do so inconsistently. Evolution is rooted in a belief in naturalism, and requires millions of years of mutations and natural selection (death) to (supposedly) work. Whereas, biblical Christianity is rooted in the belief that there is a supernatural Creator, who created a "very good" creation in six days, and that man's rebellion against the Creator brought death into the creation, but that God sent the Fittest (Jesus Christ) to come and die for the unfit (us sinners) so that our fine could be paid. These two beliefs are incompatible, regardless of what some theologians may say.
 I like it 
  March 19, 2014
Great MOC, but why isn't it that people believe that God created evolution? Huh? Doesn't that work? I mean sure, I'm an athiest, but I respect people's religion. Still, I think that a balance between god and science is in order. If you explain the wounders of science with god, then I don't mind. Still, it's just my opinion. After all, I am an athiest...
 I made it 
  March 12, 2014
Quoting Silver Falcon Deleted my comments eh? Well, at least leave this one. For anyone reading this comment, do your own research before making your decision on whether or not dinosaurs evolved into birds. There are many interesting scientific papers out there on the topic, and I highly suggest you to read them.
I deleted your comments because you violated Mocpages commenting rules numerous times. And this time, I have to agree with you. Do your own research, and remember the difference between data gained through observation and interpretation.
  March 12, 2014
Deleted my comments eh? Well, at least leave this one. For anyone reading this comment, do your own research before making your decision on whether or not dinosaurs evolved into birds. There are many interesting scientific papers out there on the topic, and I highly suggest you to read them.
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  March 10, 2014
Nice job! It looks great!
 
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