Three New Fossil Finds Challenge Evolution

first_imgThree fossil discoveries challenge evolutionary dogma, and the articles admit it.Turtle: Bone BedTurtle stasis:  A pile of Jurassic turtles turned up in China.  It’s another case of earlier animals displaying no evolution.  The “Huge Deposit of Jurassic Turtle Remains” (Science Daily) more than doubles the number of turtle fossils known from that time.  Some 1800 specimens were found all jammed together, stacked on top of one another in a “bone bed” said to be 160 million years old. Live Science says that some of the densest concentrations contain 36 turtles per square meter.The locale, now one of the world’s driest regions, has also yielded fossils of sharks, crocodiles, mammals and several dinosaur skeletons.  A local flood was invoked to explain the deposit: the turtles, waiting at a waterhole for the rains, died.  “Many of the turtles were already dead and their bodies rotting. When the water arrived, it came with a vengeance: a river of mud, washing the turtles and sediments along with it and dumping them in one place, as the paleontologists read the site and its layers of stone.”  In a separate piece, Live Science posted five photos of the bone bed.Wikipedia says that turtles are “believed to have existed” in the late Triassic (220 million years ago), but the only candidate transitional form in the fossil record is one that already had a backshell and an incomplete carapace, “similar to an early stage of turtle embryonic development” – i.e., pretty far along toward turtledom.  “Prior to this discovery, the earliest-known fossil turtles were terrestrial and had a complete shell, offering no clue to the evolution of this remarkable anatomical feature. By the late Jurassic, turtles had radiated widely, and their fossil history becomes easier to read.”Coelacanth: Living FossilCoelacanths again:  The bony-finned fish Coelacanth “has one of the longest lineages—400 million years—of any animal,” PhysOrg reported.  A new fossil turned up in Texas, dated 100 million years old, though members of the family extend back into the Devonian.  Because of its bony fins, it was long thought to be the closest fish to humans (echoed in the PhysOrg article).  It was also thought to have gone extinct 70 million years ago.  Reports of its rediscovery as a “living fossil” in 1938 are well known.  The fins are not used for anything like walking, though.The article points to the serious questions about evolution and geologic history, without doubting evolution itself:  “The discovery of living coelacanths in the Indian Ocean after being presumed extinct for 70 million years highlights one of the great mysteries of ocean life. Where were they all that time?”  Not wanting to leave evolution in doubt, the statement continued, “The new fossil from Texas is a step toward understanding this fascinating history.”  How big a step on how long a path was not delineated.  Note: the diversity of coelacanth species was much higher in the past, another contradiction to evolution.Priapulid: Living Fossil Wrongly ClassifiedShaking the tree of dogma:  Priapulids are penis-shaped worms from the Cambrian explosion that survive to the present in essentially unchanged form.  A study of the embryological development of these animals now “Shakes Evolutionary Tree” (Scientific American) and “Pokes holes in evolutionary dogma” (Nature News).  How?  It’s going to require a reclassification of categories at the root of Darwin’s tree unquestioned since 1908: the split between protostomes and deuterostomes.Contrary to assumptions by early evolutionists, priapulids are deuterostomes – the anus develops before the mouth as the embryo develops (humans and other vertebrates are deuterostomes).  Protostomes develop mouth-first.  “Just as molecular techniques have revealed data that triggered revisions in cell biology, techniques to sequence genes and observe their activity are now challenging long-standing evolutionary scenarios,” Scientific American‘s short article stated.  That’s because this worm is now having to move from proto- to deutero.  As Nature News explained, taxonomists have long classified animals based on their embryos, because small things in an embryo can produce big changes in adult.So how does this finding “poke holes in evolutionary dogma” and “shake the tree” of life?  The article continues,“Evolutionary biologists will need to rename the protostomes. To do that, “we need to rethink how our earliest ancestors developed,” says Andreas Hejnol, an evolutionary developmental biologist at the University of Bergen in Norway and lead author on the report.”…Now, using molecular techniques to analyse gene expression, Hejnol and his team have revealed that a primitive protostome, the priapulid Priapus caudatus, develops like a deuterostome. These ‘living fossils’ look nearly identical to their priapulid ancestors, which littered the ocean floor during the Cambrian period, when protostomes originated (see ‘Protostome outlier’). That their development does not follow the protostome pattern suggests that early protostomes might also have developed differently. The order of the origin of the mouth and anus is now uncertain.“Here is an animal that is the poster child for early protostomes, and it develops just like a deuterostome,” says Mark Martindale, a developmental biologist at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. “We’ve been using the name protostome for 100 years, and now it’s clear that it doesn’t mean anything.”Taxonomists are going to have to come up with a new name, and evolutionists are going to have to come up with a new explanation.  In the last paragraph, Nature News probably didn’t intend to make evolution look this bad, but…Just as molecular techniques have revealed data that triggered revisions in cell biology, techniques to sequence genes and observe their activity are now challenging long-standing evolutionary scenarios. “At the turn of the twentieth century, embryologists drew what they saw. But their microscopes stunk and they didn’t know about genes,” Martindale says. “Now we’re finally able to look closer, and we’re finding that they’re often wrong. But if you think about the tools they had, maybe it’s more surprising that anything is right at all.”Creationists could grab that fumble and run with it.  This goes to show that gaffes did not first evolve in Joebidenus vicepresidentus.Can anyone find anything in these observations that contradicts creation?  (No).  Can everyone find lots of things in these articles that contradict evolution?  (Yes, yes, yes…..).   For more on “surprise effects,” see “How to Translate Darwinese” (3/06/2008).  For another surprising story of stasis, read about lampreys (10/20/2006), or search on “living fossils” in the search bar.  And no, we’re not going to repeat the turtles all the way down joke. (Visited 39 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Xiaomi Redmi K20 will come with massive 4000mAh battery, company confirms

first_imgA lot of details about the Redmi K20 have been confirmed by the company. Now, via a new poster Xiaomi’s sub-brand Redmi confirms new details. According to the latest teaser posted by Redmi Global the upcoming Redmi K20 will come with Redmi Note 7 series like 4000mAh battery setup. This means the rumours were pretty authentic. Until now all the leaks and rumours revealed that the Redmi K20 series of phones will pack massive 4000mAh battery.Xiaomi Redmi took to Chinese microblogging site Weibo to announce the battery details of the Redmi K20. In the Weibo post the company notes, “#Redmi K20# Every trick of the Big Devil is a big move! The fourth type: wish to grow Forward microblogging and pump one K20.” In the same post, Xiaomi Redmi attached a post that noted “4000mAh”. This confirms that the Redmi K20 will sport the same battery setup as the Redmi Note 7 series. Some rumours suggest that the phone will come packed with 27W charging capability that’s has been previously seen on the Mi 9. Redmi is yet to confirm these details.A lot has been talked about the Redmi K20 of late. Let’s take a quick look at everything we know about the Redmi flagship phone so far:–Redmi K20 is set to launch in China on May 28. –Xiaomi India has confirmed that the Redmi K20 willl come to India soon. –The Redmi K20 is expected to come in two variants — Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro. –In India the Redmi K20 Pro is expected to come as Poco F2. There are no official information about the Poco F2 from the company yet. –The Redmi K20 series is tipped to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor. –Rumours suggest Redmi K20 will come with a 6.39-inch OLED display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. — Redmi K20 is expected to include a pop-up selfie camera with a 32MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture.–Leaked specs sheet suggests, on the rear panel, the phone will include a 48MP primary camera with f/1.7 aperture, a 13MP secondary camera with f/2.4 aperture, and third will an 8MP with f/2.4 aperture.–New leak suggests that the Redmi K20 Pro will come packed with 48MP Sony IMX586 camera and 960fps slow-motion recording support. –In AnTuTu the Redmi K20 flagship killer manages to score as high as 458,754.advertisementALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S quick review: Redmi Note 7 with 48MP camera and extra price of Rs 1000ALSO READ | Redmi Note 7S vs Redmi Note 7 Pro: Which 48MP camera Xiaomi phone should you buy?ALSO READ | Redmi Note 7 vs Redmi Note 7S: How they are different, which Xiaomi is better buylast_img read more

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a month agoArsenal fullback Kolasinac talks for first time about car-jacking incident

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal fullback Kolasinac talks for first time about car-jacking incidentby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal fullback Sead Kolasinac insists he is focused on football again.The Bosnia international and teammate Mesut Ozil were the victims of an attempted carjacking last month, with both players only recently returning to action.Speaking ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash with Frankfurt, Kolasinac insisted he is ready to play.He said: “About what happened I don’t want to talk about it in details. It’s happened. It belongs in the past. The same with Mesut.”We are back and we focused on our jobs.”Well of course I’m happy to be back. Of course mentally this was hard, missing also training for a couple of days. I made up for it. “I’m back and happy to be back with the team and able to perform with them.” last_img read more

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Toronto independent theatre battles back but the war isnt won

first_img Facebook Toronto’s real estate market continues to be the city’s favourite topic of conversation, between tenant protests over rent hikes in Parkdale, complaints about Airbnb rentals in Kensington Market and a Toronto Life cover story about a wealthy family renovating a former crack house.The conversation around who gets to live and work in downtown Toronto and for how much dominates our collective consciousness, which is something Toronto’s indie theatre community knows all too well.The past year has seen a major loss of independently run venues. Advertisement In both cases, the theatres had to scramble to find new spaces on very short timelines and, also in both cases, the outcry over the sudden closures was passionate and deeply felt. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Last August, Unit 102 Theatre lost its space at 376 Dufferin St., which for five years housed its own productions as well as those of other indie companies, when the building’s new owner cancelled its month-to-month lease.In January, the Storefront Theatre was evicted from a former drugstore at 955 Bloor St. W., where it had become an indie theatre hub over its four years of operation. The Storefront also lost its studio on Brunswick Ave. this summer, which functioned as a rental rehearsal and storage space. It subsequently had to sell physical assets like risers and chairs.last_img read more

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Scheer Canada speaks with one voice on renegotiating NAFTA deal

first_imgWASHINGTON – In his first foreign trip as leader of the official Opposition, Andrew Scheer avoided any criticism of the Liberal federal government, telling a Washington audience that Canada speaks with one voice on NAFTA.The Conservative leader was at the Wilson Center on Wednesday explaining that he and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have their partisan differences, but not when it comes to preserving the Canada-U.S. relationship.”On NAFTA, the Canadian Parliament … is united,” Scheer told the think tank.”We have our partisan differences. When we hold the government to account, as is our role in our parliamentary system, we will absolutely point out what we think they should be doing differently,” he added. “But when it comes to our relationship with the United States we do speak with one voice.“We want to make sure we’re here to support our government’s efforts in maintaining and protecting what we have in NAFTA. I believe it’s important to send that signal to interests here in Washington.”He later avoided being pulled into the more controversial aspects of negotiations to renew the continental trade pact. One of the attendees of the event — David Wilkins, a former U.S. ambassador to Canada — asked him to suggest what concessions Canada and the U.S. should be prepared to make to get a deal.Scheer replied: ”I don’t think it would be helpful.”Scheer is in Washington with several Conservative MPs for meetings with the U.S. transportation secretary, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, former George W. Bush-era officials Robert Zoellick and Josh Bolton, and with some lawmakers on Capitol Hill.It’s his first working visit outside Canada in his new role.The head of the Wilson Center, former nine-term Democratic congresswoman Jane Harman, contrasted Scheer’s approach to NAFTA with the partisanship in Washington. She opined that the U.S. political model is broken, with politicians being rewarded by their primary voters for bashing the other party, and punished if they try working across the aisle to solve problems”Your politics are more adult,” she told Scheer.To which the Conservative leader replied: ”You haven’t seen (our) question period.”Scheer said he’s heard lots of anxiety from businesses in Canada, asking what he’s hearing about NAFTA in Ottawa. He said he’s now trying to learn more about the state of the negotiations from people in Washington.The next round of negotiations is scheduled for next week in Montreal. While U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened to start pulling out of the agreement as a negotiating ploy, lately he has made more positive comments about the negotiations.Asked later if his visit had reassured him, Scheer said he had mixed feelings: he’s more confident that many people are fighting to keep NAFTA from being cancelled but cancellation remains a possibility.”(So) yes and no,” Scheer said.”I’m encouraged that there is a high level of engagement from people here in Washington — both on the elected side and from people that represent industries. One of our concerns was, ‘Will people here in the U.S. who support NAFTA become engaged and help make the case?’ I’ve been very encouraged by that,” he said.“But at the same time it’s also clear that they’re doing so because they think the risk is real.”last_img read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,409.16, up 32.39 points)Cequence Energy Ltd. (TSX:CQE). Oil and gas. Down a penny, or 10 per cent, to nine cents on 20.77 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up 16 cents, or 3.37 per cent, to $4.91 on 11.73 million shares. The company reported adjusted net income of US$87 million or three cents per share, beating analyst expectations of one cent per share according to Thomson Reuters Eikon, as its rail division improved.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down 10 cents, or 1.46 per cent, to $6.74, on 6.29 million shares.Trinidad Drilling Ltd. (TSX:TDG). Oil and Gas. Down three cents, or 2.13 per cent, to $1.38 on 4.7 million shares.Gildan Activewear. (TSX:GIL). Manufacturing. Up $7.30, or 21.60 per cent, to $41.10 on 4.35 million shares. The company released second-quarter sales and profits that beat analyst expectations and upwardly revised its profit guidance for the year. The company reported adjusted earnings of 52 cents per share, beating analysts estimates of 49 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Down 15 cents, or 3.62 per cent, to $3.99 on 4.3 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Aimia Inc. (TSX:AIM). Down a penny, or 0.29 per cent, to $3.46 on 1.66 million shares. The company that owns Aeroplan confirmed it was in talks with airline alliance Oneworld on a potential loyalty program partnership. News of the talks with a rival to the Star Alliance airline network that Air Canada belongs to comes as Air Canada’s offer to buy the Aeroplan program is set to expire.last_img read more

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Grande Prairie RCMP seek publics assistance in locating missing youth

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 15-year-old Dana Buckley.According to RCMP, Buckley was last seen in the Grande Prairie Area on July 21, 2019.Buckley is described as: Female5’4″Approximately 120 lbsLong brown hairRCMP say there is a concern for her well-being.Anyone with information on Buckley’s whereabouts is being asked to call the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img

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Harry Winks praises Moussa Sissoko

first_imgThe English footballer wanted to represent his country in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia but an ankle injury prevented this.In 2017, Harry Winks was part of the England national team, he was ready to represent his nation at the FIFA World Cup in Russia.But ankle problems took him away from his dream and he had to watch on television how five of his Tottenham Hotspur footballers contributed to England’s best run in almost 20 years.And now, the player only wants to become a great player.“I really enjoy playing in the team with Moussa [Sissoko],” he said to the club’s official website trying to explain how he feels.“We complement each other well. We’ve had a partnership for the last couple of months now and it’s been going really well.”“We’re getting results and that’s the most important thing but we both help the team out as much as we possibly can in our own individual ways and I’m just thankful that in the games we’re getting the results we need,” he explained.“No, nothing specifically together. I guess on the pitch it just comes together well and we perform well. We just like playing alongside each other!”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“[Sissoko] He’s been phenomenal,” he explained.“He’s been one of the most key players for us this season because his all-around game is massive. He’s solid off the ball, solid on the ball and he’s an important figure for us.”“He’s had difficult spells over the last couple of seasons with game time, playing in various positions and getting a run of games. We train with him every day, so we know how good he is and we’re all so happy to see him doing so well and being able to show the fans how important he is for us,” he explained.“He’s had disappointments he’s had to deal with, difficult spells to get through and that what takes you to the next level, it toughens you up. If you go through difficult spells you remember them and it’s the character building every player needs to go to the next level.”💪#OneOfOurOwn pic.twitter.com/pFuWmZwNsc— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 20, 2019last_img read more

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Navy SEAL being held at MCAS Miramar in connection with death in

first_img KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News Tags: MCAS Miramar FacebookTwitter Navy SEAL being held at MCAS Miramar in connection with death in Iraq SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A Navy SEAL is being detained at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in connection with the 2017 execution of a detainee in Iraq, according to a Navy Times article.SEAL officials told the Navy Times that the chief special warfare operator has not been charged with a crime, but Naval Criminal Investigative Service are investigating. The Navy Times did not identify the SEAL.“A service member currently assigned to a Naval Special Warfare unit is under investigation by NCIS for professional misconduct while deployed to Iraq in 2017,” Naval Special Warfare spokeswoman Cmdr. Tamara Lawrence told the Navy Times. “We take all allegations of misconduct seriously and will cooperate fully with investigative authorities.”According to the publication, the alleged execution of the detainee involved a blade.The SEAL is detained at the Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar, under Rules for Court-Martial 305, the Navy Times reported.The next step could be a hearing in San Diego to decide whether criminal charges should be filed and a general court-martial convened by an admiral.An MCAS Miramar spokesman could not be reached for comment. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: September 22, 2018 September 22, 2018last_img read more

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