Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Dino-Era Bug Has Not Changed Its Eating-Habits for “130 Million Years”

Ancient bugs might have feasted on dinosaur blood.



Joel Kontinen

Some bugs had nasty habits “130 million years” ago, a recent paper published in the journal Current Biology suggests.

The paper reported on “a new family of true bugs including two new genera and species from the Early Cretaceous Yixian Formation in Northeastern China.”

The researchers admit that mammals, birds and dinosaurs lived at that time but they do not know what the bugs feasted on.

Evolution should be about change. But many studies suggest that stasis or non-evolution of even habits (in this case, eating blood) seems to be the norm in the animal kingdom.

Source.

Yao, Yunzhi et al. 2014. Blood-Feeding True Bugs in the Early Cretaceous. Current Biology. (Published online July 24).




Monday, 28 July 2014

Hot Exoplanets Challenge Planet-Formation Theories

An artist's impression of hot Jupiter HD 188753. Image courtesy of Yves LC, Wikipedia.




Joel Kontinen

Naturalistic planet-formation theories are in crisis. The more astronomers get to know about exoplanets or planets outside our solar system, the more obvious it becomes that ours is a very privileged system, fine-tuned for life.

A recent paper based on measurements from the Hubble Space Telescope and published in Astrophysical Journal Letters suggests that previous theories are wrong.

According to Nature news, the research “re-analyses observations of the exoplanets HD 189733b, HD 209458b and WASP-12b, which are 20–270 parsecs (60–870 light years) away from Earth. As each exoplanet crossed in front of its host star, Hubble observed the spectrum of infrared light filtering through the planet’s atmosphere. A team led by Nikku Madhusudhan, an astronomer at the University of Cambridge, UK, then used atmospheric models to determine the combination of elements that produced each planet’s spectrum.

The results suggest that the environments of all three hot Jupiters are drier than Jupiter itself. HD 209458b, which yielded the most precise measurements, seems to be the driest — its atmosphere is 1,000 times drier than Jupiter's, and 100 times drier than the Sun's.”

Astronomers believe that planets “ should accumulate molecules such as water faster than their host stars, write the authors. Hot Jupiters typically form in water-rich areas of solar systems and migrate toward their host stars.”

It seems that they will have to give up their theory and think of something else.

In any case, the research suggests that our system is special. Unfortunately, this is something that some scientists are unwilling to accept, as it means that our system is fine-tuned for life, just like the Book of Genesis indicates.

Source:

Zastrow, Mark. 2014. 'Hot Jupiter' measurements throw water on theory. Nature news (24 July).



Saturday, 26 July 2014

Soft Stone Age Brain Puzzles Experts

Can the human brain really remain soft for thousands of years? Image courtesy of Wikipedia (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license).



Joel Kontinen

Recently, Norwegian archaeologists found “something rather grey and clay-like” in a human fossil that they think hails from roughly 7,900 years before our time.

They suspect that it is brain mass.

If it turns out to be what they believe, it would present some interesting questions for evolutionists, who could hardly have expected brains to remain soft for aeons.

The many discoveries of soft tissue in dinosaurs, “dino-era” marine reptiles and dolphin-like creatures , salamanders, mammoths and even birds have made it extremely difficult to hold on to the belief that these fossils are as old are they are assumed to be.


Source:

Stone Age brain stuns experts. News in English.no. July 10, 2014.



Thursday, 24 July 2014

Today’s Evolution Story: Fighting Causes Moose to Evolve Big Antlers

A new evolution story features the moose. Image courtesy of USDA Forest Service.




Joel Kontinen

There seems to be no end in sight for Darwinian just so stories attempting to explain why animals have a certain feature.

The latest fable is about the moose. According to New Scientist,

Moose are the largest species of deer in the world. Males are up to 40 per cent heavier than females. During spring the males also grow the largest antlers of any living animal.

The males' size and antlers have evolved because they compete so furiously for females
.”

While evolution-of-the-gaps might be a popular explanation, in attempting to explain everything, it does not actually explain anything.

Some stories border on the weird.

Source:

Marshall, Michael. 2014. Zoologger: Moose dribble turns off grass's toxic defences. New Scientist (23 July).


Tuesday, 22 July 2014

The Stones Cry Out: Bible History Is True

Jehu, King of Israel, gives tribute to King Shalmaneser III of Assyria. Image courtesy of Steven G. Johnson, Wikipedia.



Joel Kontinen

The Bible tells us about real history. It relates the story of real people who lived at a particular stage in history. The Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III, currently kept at the British Museum, includes an interesting detail: a vassal ruler prostrates himself before the Assyrian king.

This happened during the time when Hazael, King of Syria, fought against Jehu, King of Israel in the 9th century B.C.

In 841 B.C Jehu obviously went to ask the Assyrian ruler to help him against Hazael. The text on the Black Obelisk says:

The tribute of Jehu, son of Omri: I received from him silver, gold, a golden bowl, a golden vase with pointed bottom, golden tumblers, golden buckets, tin, a staff for a king [and] spears."

Omri was the name Shalmaneser III used of the royal house of Israel.

Even if people keep silent, old stones will shout out: the Bible is true. The Black Obelisk also shows that the Jews were living in the Promised Land 2,800 years ago.

And before Jehu’s time, King David for instance built a royal palace in Jerusalem.




Sunday, 20 July 2014

Ancient Fossils, Modern Brains, No Evolution

Laggania cambria is an anomalocaridid related to the ones recently found in China. Image courtesy of H. Zell, Wikipedia.



Joel Kontinen

Contrary to what evolutionists might claim, there is nothing completely new under the sun. Evolution should be about change, but the more we get to know about ancient creatures, the more obvious it becomes that stasis (i.e. lack of change) is surprisingly common.

According to Nature news, “Marine predators from the Cambrian era had brains wired like some in living inverterbrates.”

The article went on to say:

Three stunningly well-preserved fossils found in China now show that the anomalocaridid brain was wired much like that of modern creatures called velvet worms, or onychophorans.”

In other words, there was hardy any brain evolution.

The new fossils, described today in Nature, suggest that the … neural architecture found in onychophorans … has changed little over more than half a billion years of evolution.”

Living fossils are or at least should be an embarrassment to Darwinian evolution.

Source:

Callaway, Ewen. 2014. Ancient fossils sport modern brains. Nature news (16 July).

Friday, 18 July 2014

Conservative Living Fossil: No Change in Swim Stroke for “270 Million Years”

Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum). Image courtesy of Scott Camazine.



Joel Kontinen

When evolutionists want to convince others that their worldview is credible, they often define evolution as change over time. Their definition is misleading, as they really mean that all living beings are the descendents of the first living unicellular creature.

Still, the fossil record shows that animals tend to be very conservative. They are reluctant to change their habits.

A recent article in New Scientist says: “Amphibians have been using the same swimming technique for 270 million years, a set of ancient footprints reveals.”

The article discussed the discovery of ancient fossilised tracks in the Italian Alps. Assumed to be “between 270 and 283 million years old,” the tracks are practically identical to what modern salamanders would make.

Massimo Bernardi at the Science Museum in Trento, Italy, who found the tracks with his colleagues, says that the tracks “are the first fossil record of an animal that old switching from walkingto swimming.”

Salamanders are living fossils. When it comes to swimming and walking, they have had a tendency to stick to good old habits.

Source:

Hecht, Jeff. 2014. Amphibians' swim stroke has lasted 270 million years. New Scientist (15 July).