News Reports Oldest Constellation? How Birds began to fly?

From: Glenn Morton (
Date: Wed Jan 22 2003 - 01:13:44 EST

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    There is a report on the BBC which suggests that a 32,000 year old carving
    represents the Hunter of the Sky (Orion). The report can be found at

    The Times (London) on Jan 17, 2003, p. 10 had an article on how feathered
    dinosaurs learnt to fly. The article says "Professor [Ken} Dial developed
    the idea, which fills in one of the missing links of the evolutionary path
    from dinosaurs to birds, after observing chukar partridges, which are poor
    at flying. Chukars, which weigh about a pound (0.45 kg) each, can run up
    vertical inclines such as bailes of hay, without flying, by beating their
    wings. Flightless dinosaurs, he reasoned, were ideally equipped to do the
    same thing, sporting feathered 'partial wings' in place of forearms."
            "'The big dilemma has always been how do you explain the partial wing,'
    Professor Dial said. 'It turns out the proto-wings--precursors to wings
    birds have today--actually acted more like a spoiler on the back of a race
    car to keep the animal sure-footed even while climbing nearly vertical

    This answers the question creationists always ask about what is the value of
    a half-evolved wing. Dial's study will be published in Science.


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