Double Your Ark Encounter Donation Impact
What? Another feathered dinosaur claim?
Some scientists believe the supposed “proto-feathers” are really just collagen fibers

What? Another feathered dinosaur claim?

on July 29, 1998

Many news agencies have reported on two fossils found in Northern China that are claimed to be feathered theropods (meat-eating dinosaurs). The fossils, Protarchaeopteryx robusta and Caudipteryx zoui, are claimed to be “the immediate ancestors of the first birds.”

We should remember that the media often sensationalize “proofs” of evolution, but the later disproofs hardly rate a mention, even by other evolutionists. For example, in Creation 19(3):6 June 1997, we reported a retraction of another recent “feathers on dinosaur” claim. We also reported very strong evidence from the forelimb and lung structures that dinosaurs could not have been the ancestors of birds (Creation 20(2):41 March 1998).

The two latest discoveries are “dated” at 120 to 136 million years while Archaeopteryx, a true bird, is “dated” at 140 to 150 million years. How can these “bird ancestors” be far younger than their descendants?

Evolutionary ornithologists Larry Martin and Allan Feduccia, strong critics of the dino-to-bird dogma, believe that the fossils are more likely to be flightless birds similar to ostriches. Caudipteryx even used gizzard stones like modern plant-eating birds, but unlike theropods.


  • Ji Qiang, P.J. Currie, M.A. Norell and Ji Shu-An, “Two feathered dinosaurs from northeastern China,” Nature 393(6687):753-761, 25 June 1998. Perspective by K. Padian, same issue pp. 729-730.
  • Washington Post, 25 June 1998.


Get the latest answers emailed to you or sign up for our free print newsletter.

See All Lists

Answers in Genesis is an apologetics ministry, dedicated to helping Christians defend their faith and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Learn more

  • Customer Service 800.778.3390