half-evolved feathers

Glenn Morton (grmorton@waymark.net)
Sat, 04 Apr 1998 14:09:16 -0600

I just ran into the following data which contradicts one of the favorite
anti-evolutionary claims. The claim is as follows, Morris and Parker state,

"There are no true transitional forms (that is, in the sense of
forms containing incipient, developing or transitional structures
- such as half- scales/half feathers, or half-legs/ half wings)
anywhere among all the billions of known fossil forms." ~Henry M.
Morris and Gary E. Parker, What is Creation Science?, (El Cajon:
Master Books, 1987), p. 11

Feduccia and Wild relate:

"Megalancosaurus, in combination with Longisquama, a Lower
Triassic thecodont with featherlike scales and furcula, render
this group (basal archosaurs, including thecodonts) the most
liekly candidate for proximity to avian ancestry."~A. Feduccia
and R. Wild, "Birdlike Characters in the Triassic Archosaur
Megalancosaurus," Naturwissenschaften, 80(1993):564-566

It would appear that the antievolutionary claim is not verified by
observational data.


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