Recently, I was reading Jerry Coyne’s totally awesome book Why Evolution Is True, when I noticed a picture that really got me thinking “Wow, this is both evidence against Noah’s Flood, and evidence for evolution!” While this isn’t the exact picture, I’m pretty sure it’s the same specimen: a creature called Mei long, from Cretaceous China.
It doesn’t look like much, I know, but it seriously is both anti-Flood and pro-evolution!
- Anti-Flood. It’s quite obviously in a sleeping posture. Creationists claim that the fossil record was formed by Noah’s Flood, but if your house got hit by a tsunami at midnight, would you still be asleep? Or at least in the same position? There are several theories as to the cause of death, including toxic gasses (like carbon monoxide).
- Pro-evolution. Evolution (as I hope you well know) says that the ancestors of birds were dinosaurs. There aren’t any feathers on this fossil, but it’s sleeping position tells us everything we need to know. Many modern birds sleep the same way, with their head tucked under their wing. Normally, in dinosaur-bird transitional forms, we either see behavioral evidence or physical evidence. This is clear behavioral evidence.
It’s a prehistoric double whammy!