Combined with being an entrepreneur, small business owner, and father of 4 children that are still at home, there's not a lot of time, and this isn't anywhere near my most popular blog.
But, as I keep reading interesting articles on evolution—and seeing interesting videos—I can't resist commenting even if few people see it.
I guess I'll just learn to keep it short, although with the links it's already taken a little time to write the first couple paragraphs.
Anyway, scientists have found one more transitional form, this one a sauropod. A sauropod is one of those really big, 4-legged dinosaours, which was mainly the brontosaurus when I was growing up.
That was over 30 years ago, though, so now Brachiosaurus and Diplodocus are the most well-known sauropods ... and there's a new one.
This find is so new that the presentation on it isn't to be given until Sunday (Oct. 31).
An abstract has been written on Yizhousaurus sunae, though. The entire skull plus a lot of the skeleton are preserved. It was found in China, as a lot of recent discoveries have been.
This sauropod was about 9m (29 ft.) long, though I can no longer find the article I read that length in. The abstract says no such thing.
This is one more of millions of examples of transitional fossils that dishonest anti-evolutionists—who are almost always "Christians" as well, which is very sad—say don't exist. As the abstract puts it, Yizhousaurus sunae "fills a critical gap in the early evolution of sauropod dinosaurs."
The Nature of Transitional Fossils
Of course, by filling one big gap, this nearly complete skeleton creates two more gaps, one on either side of itself, that anti-evolutionists will use to argue that transitional fossils don't exist.
The Nature of Christians
It's very sad, really, that most anti-evolutionists are Christians. Somehow, many Christians seem to think that if they are defending God's reputation—or if they think they're defending God's reputation—then it's okay to be purposely ignorant, embarrassingly close-minded, and openly deceitful.
The Nature of Christ
I believe that King Jesus is the Truth. He's not just true, he is the Truth.
Thus, I believe that he never espouses dishonesty.
I believe that what The Truth says is true.
Thus, I believe that it's true that those who keep seeking find and those who keep asking receive. I believe that this is especially true when you are pursuing truth.
Pursuing truth will not lead to deception. Pursuing truth will lead to the Truth.
Thus, we can stand up for what's true. We can even be wrong in our pursuit of the Truth, and we will not suffer or fall away for it. Seeking, by definition, suggests that you will first look in the wrong places. That is how you seek. If you don't wind up believing a falsehoods, or at least experimenting with a few falsehoods, then I submit that you have never sought truth.
Yizhousaurus sunae is a "basal sauropod." Due to the high proliferation of the articles on this find, I was unable to quickly find an explanation of what a basal sauropod is. I did find that they are classified "solely on the basis of fragmentary postcranial material."
Postcranial means back of the skull (basically).
However, it would be nice to know what distinguishes a basal sauropod from other sauropods.
If you happen to read this article and you know, please comment!