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From a research paper: “It’s amazing how clear cut the change from ‘no dinosaurs’ to ‘all dinosaurs’ was.”


David Klinghoffer offers an introduction to Günter Bechly’s recent talk “Evidence Against Neo-Darwinism from the Fossil Record,” in which Bechly offers that quote from a paleontology paper at Nature Communications:

The paper acknowledges an “explosive increase in dinosaurian abundance.” As Dr. Bechly says, that’s the kind of observation you wouldn’t be surprised at coming from the dreaded “creationists,” and yet it’s a straightforward finding of mainstream paleontology. Watch the rest below, and enjoy.

David Klinghoffer, “Dinosaurs and More: Bechly on the Fossil Record vs. Neo-Darwinism” at Evolution News and Science Today

See also: Günter Bechly: Paper says Cambrian Explosion took only 410,000 years From the paper’s media release: Moreover, the scientists’ data series reveal that the development of the fauna took place within a very short period. The transition from the “Ediacara biota” – multi-celled but very simply organisms – to the diverse Cambrian life forms occurred over less than 410,000 years.

Here are the links to the Science Daily press release and the Nature paper
Dinosaurs ended -- and originated -- with a bang! - April 16, 2018 Excerpt: It is commonly understood that the dinosaurs disappeared with a bang -- wiped out by a great meteorite impact on the Earth 66 million years ago. But their origins have been less understood.,,, Lead author Dr Massimo Bernardi, Curator at MUSE and Research associate at Bristol's School of Earth Sciences, said: "We were excited to see that the footprints and skeletons told the same story. We had been studying the footprints in the Dolomites for some time, and it's amazing how clear cut the change from 'no dinosaurs' to 'all dinosaurs' was." https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180416105803.htm Dinosaur diversification linked with the Carnian Pluvial Episode Massimo Bernardi, Piero Gianolla, Fabio Massimo Petti, Paolo Mietto & Michael J. Benton - Nature - (2018) Excerpt: We argue then that dinosaurs diversified explosively in the mid Carnian, at a time of major climate and floral change and the extinction of key herbivores, which the dinosaurs opportunistically replaced. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-018-03996-1
Also, the vast majority, >95%, of the fossil record is of marine invertebrates. Yet in that vast majority there isn't any evidence for universal common descent. ET
In case anyone is interested, this is the paper. Bob O'H
Semi-OT: nice evidence that Darwin was considered absurd in the 1880s. Note the parody inscription on the bottom.... https://www.vintag.es/2021/04/aesthetic-teapot.html polistra
'clear cut'-insects 'evolution: From a mainstream article: “There’s been quite a bit of mystery around how insects first arose, because for many millions of years you had nothing, and then just all of a sudden an explosion of insects,” said study first author Sandra Schachat, a graduate student at Stanford’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences (Stanford Earth). Schachat said it’s notable that the first two winged insects in the fossil record are a dragonfly-like insect and a grasshopper-like insect. These represent the two main groups of winged insects: dragonflies have “old wings,” which they cannot fold down onto their abdomens, and grasshoppers have “new wings,” which are foldable. “The first two winged insects in the fossil record are about as different from each other as you could possibly expect,” Schachat said. “This suggests that, once winged insects originated, they diversified very, very quickly. So quickly that their diversification appears, from a geological perspective and the evidence available in the fossil record, to have been instantaneous.” full article: https://news.stanford.edu/2018/01/23/insects-took-off-evolved-wings/ martin_r
Another clear cut From no bones to bones/skeletons Or from no insects to insects martin_r

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