by Barry Newton
I never thought I would live to see winged victory in a prestigious scientific journal. But there it was in full glossy color staring out at me from the pages of Scientific American.
An artist’s rendition of modern waterfowl milling about in the foreground as duck-billed dinosaurs grazed in the background was shockingly stark, not as some joke against creationists. Rather, it was a serious affirmation of the discovery that modern birds cohabited alongside of dinosaurs. Imagine that!
From my point of view the article’s title, “Winged Victory,” seemed all too appropriate. Sure the author intended a different meaning, but what could be a better title for the recognition that modern birds actually lived alongside of dinosaurs? That’s victory for bird history. Now what we need from the scientific establishment is mammal victory, marsupial victory and, of course, human victory.
The article did contain several memorable statements, including these:
- “Modern birds, long thought to have arisen only after the dinosaurs perished, turn out to have lived alongside them.”
- “Thus enlightened, researchers have begun reexamining fossil collections from this time period, looking for additional examples of early modern birds.”
Those holding to creation have been enlightened for a long time. But do not look to this article as a major concession and triumph for creation. While it does concede ducklike birds lived alongside of dinosaurs before a proposed asteroid is claimed to have wiped out dinosaurs, the article predictably remains thoroughly saturated with a naturalistic, evolutionistic framework and message.
But who knows the future? As compelling evidence continues to mount, maybe, just maybe, I’ll live to see human victory.