Did Dinosaurs Have Feathers?

Hall of Life—Dinosaur Exhibits

on February 15, 2016

In many museums, the curators have fashioned some dinosaurs with feather-like coverings, instead of scales. This is mainly due to their belief that dinosaurs are the ancestors of birds. However, we know from the Bible that birds were created a day before dinosaurs, and therefore cannot be their descendants.

Although it may be possible that God created some reptiles with feathers, this would showcase the creativity of the Creator. It is not evidence for the genetic information increase that would be needed for reptiles to turn into birds.

A November 1999 National Geographic article (“Feathers for T. rex?” 196:5, pp. 98–107) illustrated a baby T. rex and a Deinonychus with feathers. In a prominent heading, the article proclaimed: “We can now say that birds are theropods just as confidently as we say that humans are mammals.” This was based on a fossil illegally exported from Liaoning Province, China, tentatively named Archaeoraptor liaoningensis, allegedly a “feathered dinosaur.” It was later found that Archaeoraptor was a fraud—a combination of two extinct birds. In a letter to National Geographic over the Archaeoraptor scandal, Dr. Storrs Olson (curator of birds at the Smithsonian) wrote:

The idea of feathered dinosaurs and the theropod origin of birds is being actively promulgated by a cadre of zealous scientists acting in concert with certain editors at Nature and National Geographic who themselves have become outspoken and highly biased proselytizers of the faith. Truth and careful scientific weighing of evidence have been among the first casualties in their program, which is now fast becoming one of the grander scientific hoaxes of our age—the paleontological equivalent of cold fusion.

His entire letter is reprinted at https://answersingenesis.org/dinosaurs/feathers/sensationalistic-unsubstantiated-tabloid-journalism/.

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