“The theory that birds are the equivalent of living dinosaurs and that dinosaurs were feathered is so full of holes that the creationists have jumped all over it, using the evolutionary nonsense of ‘dinosaurian science’ as evidence against the theory of evolution,” he said.
“To paraphrase one such individual, ‘This isn't science . . . This is comic relief.’” -->(!!!)<--

Cretaceous Birds in Australia and Antarctica

One other small bit that adds another nail into the coffin of the dinosaur-to-bird theory. Location.

Timeline for some mammals,birds and dinosaurs:
Tyrannosaurus Rex..... 85-65 million years ago
Vegavis iaai ............... 70 million years ago (true bird)
Velociraptor ............... 75 million years
Confuciusornis ......... 125 million years ago (true bird)
Archaeopteryx ..........165 million years ago (true bird)
Mammals emerge..... 220 million years ago

The Vegavis iaai bird, ancestor to waterfowl (ducks, geese, etc)...

"New analysis of a bird fossil Vegavis iaai found in Antarctica in the 1990s says it is a relative of modern ducks and geese, suggesting the evolution of modern birds was well under way during the Cretaceous... Australia was connected with Antarctica at this time, the findings imply that modern bird groups were also present in Australia in the Cretaceous."

See the map I'm attaching of Australia/Antarctica during the Late Cretaceous from (Source).

T-Rex emerges & dies 85-65 million years ago, and T. Rex is located in North America.

"...Tyrannosaurus rex lived in forested river valleys in North America during the late Cretaceous period. It became extinct about 65 million years ago in the Cretaceous-Tertiary mass extinction."
"The Velociraptor lived in a desert-like environment that had some streams, trees, and shrubs. Velociraptor fossils have been found in what is now known as the “Gobi Desert”, which covers Southern Mongolia and parts of Northern China."
Fossils have been found in Mongolia, Russia, and China. (Source) and (Source)

[To say otherwise, that these dinosaurs gave rise to these birds, is about as goofy, as a "worldwide flood" with Noah on a round the world cruise with a pair of Polar Bears from the arctic for what we now know was... a legendary local flood.
Archaeopteryx (deemed a true bird) was discovered in southern Germany during the Jurassic, 165-150 Million years ago (long before T. Rex or Velociraptor).

Confuciusornis is a genus of early bird that lived in China, 125 million years ago which is = 50-55 million years *before* Velociraptor roamed parts of Asia.

Our waterfowl ancestor, Vegavis iaai, lived 70 million years ago, in the Antarctic regions and Australian regions -- at the same time Velociraptor and T. Rex were emerging up in Asia, and over in North America.

Therefore, Velociraptor and T-Rex did not "evolve into" ducks. At best, the archosaurian ancestors of ducks gave rise to the dinosaurs!!!

To reiterate: Confusciusornis lived in the same region as Velociraptor... but preceded the beast by 55 million years. So it is completely impossible for Velociraptor to evolve into birds.

Birds were around in full force during the time of T. Rex and Velociraptor. When the dinosaurs began the trend toward extinction it opened new niches for birds to diversify... geneticists have set the date for that radiation at 66 million years ago. One million years, at the close of the Cretaceous.. evidence, that dinosaurs were dying out, or gone altogether.

Vegavis iaai in conjunction with T. Rex and Velociraptor.
[True birds in red. True dinosaurs in green.]

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"The Jews integrated into Greek culture around 300 BC. Notably, much of the modern Biblical literature is actually Greek. Enlightened Greek thought becomes apparent in the opening of Genesis. "One of the first evolutionary theories was proposed by Thales of Miletus (640–546 BC) in the province of Ionia on the coast near Greece followed by Anaximander (550 B.C.) who speculated that life evolved from the water; lower forms of life, in a very primitive precursor to evolutionary theory."

Namely this *ouch!*

Evolution and Paleontology in the Ancient World
"...For Anaximander, the world had arisen from an undifferentiated, indeterminate substance, the apeiron. The Earth, which had coalesced out of the apeiron, had been covered in water at one stage, with plants and animals arising from mud. Humans were not present at the earliest stages; they arose from fish. This poem was quite influential on later thinkers, including Aristotle.
Had Anaximander looked at fossils? Did he study comparative fish and human anatomy? Unfortunately, we have no way of knowing what evidence Anaximander used to support his ideas. His theory bears some resemblance to evolutionary theory, but also seems to have been derived from various Greek myths, such as the story of Deucalion and Pyrrha, in which peoples or tribes are born from the Earth or from stones. His concept of the apeiron seems similar to the Tao of Chinese philosophy and religion, and to the "formless and void" Earth of the Hebrew creation account and other creation myths. However, even though Anaximander's ideas drew on the religious and mythical ideas of his time, he was still one of the first to attempt an explanation of the origin and evolution of the cosmos based on natural laws."

(Source, ucmp.berkeley.edu History)

[Sadly, what the site fails to mention is that the oldest known biblical manuscripts date no earlier than around 300 B.C., therefore, Anaximander (610-545 B.C.) could not have based any of his concepts on Biblical Hebrew. However it can be deduced, the Hebrew Genesis account was borrowed from mainstream Greek philosophy.] [The analysis by Harvard and several other University sources are quite impressive: (Scala Naturae of the Bible, Charles Darwin and Ancient Greek Philosophy)]