Archaeopteryx Transitional Fossil Flaws From Dinosaur to Bird
One of the most famous evolutionist transitional fossils since its discovery in 1861 is the Archaeopteryx, which is claimed to be an "extinct reptilian bird" from the Jurassic Period of the evolutionist time scale 150 million years ago. Archaeopteryx had teeth, a lizard-like tail, and fully-formed wings, prompting evolutionists to label this fossil as a transition between reptiles and birds in their molecule-to-man macroevolution. However, despite the Archaeopteryx and other similar fossils that have been found, evolutionists have found very few transitional fossils that demonstrate a clear and smooth transition between reptiles and birds. Creationists identify Archaeopteryx as a unique and distinct species which appeared during the creation week and has since become extinct. Recently evolutionists have reclassified Archaeopteryx along the dinosaur lineage and away from the bird lineage. Scientists have also recently found soft tissue and actual remnants of original bones and feathers in Archaeopteryx that gives strong evidence of a recent deposition and not 150 million years ago as the evolutionists believe. According to the Dinosaur National Monument of the National Park Service, while Archaeopteryx shows traces of feathers, its skeleton "looks almost exactly like that of a small meat-eating dinosaur, right down to its tiny sharp teeth." Therefore, there is disagreement even within the evolutionist community if Archaeopteryx was a dinosaur or a bird. Archaeopteryx has also been found inside rock strata above other birds, implying that Archaeopteryx is not the oldest bird species according to the evolutionist time scale and falsifying evidence that this is a transitional fossil. With so few proposed transitional fossils between reptiles and birds, the case for the evolutionary line is substantially weakened and the case for a unique species is strengthened. The fossil record should be flooded with transitional fossils if the evolutionary model was true. The fact that Archaeopteryx has teeth does not make it a transition fossil since many extinct birds have teeth and some reptiles do not have teeth.