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Fat Chance: Evolutionists Push Date of Soft Tissue Back 558 Million Years

first_imgThe latest find of original molecules in a fossil should falsify long ages, but the discoverers use it to celebrate Darwinian evolution.You remember the gasp by Lesley Stahl when Mary Schweitzer showed her soft tissue in a dinosaur bone in a 60 Minutes episode (CBS News, YouTube, 2010). “Impossible!”, all the experts said, because dinosaurs went extinct 65 million years ago. No origional material should remain; even the bones should have been replaced by rock. But with their own eyes, they were seeing evidence of red blood cells and stretchy soft tissues inside a T rex femur. Creationists who don’t accept millions of years were saying, ‘We told you so!’ but their triumph was met with obdurate scorn. They watched with chagrin as all the evolutionists never even blinked. Darwinist reactions consisted of assertions by faith: ‘Well, what do you know! Dinosaur tissue can last for millions of years!’ Since then, numerous cases of soft tissue have been reported, some of them far older than Schweitzer’s (see RSR list), yet the Darwin Party refuses to concede they were wrong.Now, a fossil has been reported by paleontologists from the Australian National University (ANU) that could top them all. They found original molecules of fat (sterols and lipids) in specimens of Dickinsonia, a creature evolutionists insist is 558 million years old. Bobrovskiy et al published their results in Science Magazine 21 Sept 2018, “Ancient steroids establish the Ediacaran fossil Dickinsonia as one of the earliest animals.”Dickinsonia, an Ediacaran creature without organs or systems. Credit: ANU.Note: Dickinsonia lived in a time when Darwinists believe there were no animals at all: just microbes and a few enigmatic colonies of lazy bottom-dwellers called Ediacarans. Although Ediacaran fossil impressions are found around the world (they had no hard parts, so they only left impressions), most evolutionists believe they went extinct around 540 million years ago, before the first true animals burst onto the scene in a ‘geologically instantaneous’ period called the Cambrian Explosion, which lasted about 6 million Darwin Years. Charles Darwin himself considered the near-instant appearance of complex animals as perhaps the biggest challenge that could be lodged against his theory (see the book Darwin’s Doubt and the film Darwin’s Dilemma). The Cambrian animals had hierarchical body plans with organs and systems (including eyes, digestive and reproductive organs), and moved with muscles and nerves, whereas the Ediacarans did not. For that reason, and because of stratigraphical evidence, most evolutionists have not considered Dickinsonia and other Ediacarans to be ancestors of the Cambrian animals.Original biomolecules 558 million years old? Surely this would break the bank (read about “reckless drafts on the bank of time,” 2 July 2007) and force Darwinians to give up on their beloved millions of years. There is absolutely no way any fossil would contain any original biological material that long, one would think, especially if the organism had been buried in marine sediments permeated with water. Most evolutionists themselves believed that until recently. Biological material decays over time, even when entombed in dry rock. Add to that the geological changes that should have occurred in 558 million years—continents rising and sinking, tectonic plates subducting, rocks alternately freezing and thawing, and subsequent life churning up the strata. The destructive processes on this dynamic planet should have accelerated the degradation of biological material in less than one million years, let alone 558 million! If dinosaur soft tissue rocked the Darwin boat, Ediacaran soft tissue should sink it. Right?PhD in Spin DoctoringAnyone who thinks so underestimates the faith of the Darwin Party. The world may never have witnessed better masters at turning falsifying evidence into triumphs for their worldview. Ignoring the problem of keeping fat molecules intact that long, they are spinning the story this way: (a) Cholesterol is only found in animals. Therefore, (b) Dickinsonia must have been an animal. Consequently, (c) They have found an ancestor to animals before the Cambrian Explosion. Darwin has been vindicated!Believe it or not, this is exactly how the discoverers spun it. Watch how they do it in a video in the ANU press release, that could be used as a training model for turning defeat into victory. First we see co-author Jochen Brocks expressing dumbfounded surprise at his colleague’s identification of cholesterol in the Dickinsonia fossil. He could not deny it:Well when Ilya showed me the results, I just couldn’t believe it. I immediately saw the significance. It was completely clear. the results are black and white; there’s nothing to interpret.But does he question the age of the fossil? Does he consider the problem of how original material could last for 558 million years?These creatures in fact produced cholesterol, which is the hallmark of animals. It tells us that, in fact, this creature was our earliest ancestor.Media BandwagonInstead of laughing this performance off the stage and hitting the gong, the media loved it! They embraced it, treating it like one of the best acts of Darwin’s Got Talent they had ever seen! Watch the headlines and quotes in the secular media:Confirming the identity of early animals (Sacha Vignieri, Science). “This supports the idea that the Ediacaran biota may have been a precursor to the explosion of animal forms later observed in the Cambrian, about 500 million years ago.”‘Holy Grail’ fossil mystery cracked – 558 million-year-old fat reveals earliest known animal (Chris Ciaccia, Fox News). “The fossil fat now confirms Dickinsonia as the oldest known animal fossil, solving a decades-old mystery that has been the Holy Grail of palaeontology.“Fat from 558 million years ago reveals earliest known animal (Astrobiology Magazine). NASA regurgitated the press release without criticism, with its quote of Jochen Brocks saying, “The fossil fat molecules that we’ve found prove that animals were large and abundant 558 million years ago, millions of years earlier than previously thought.“Ditto for Science Daily.Earliest known animal was a half-billion-year-old underwater blob (Alice Klein in New Scientist). “Now, Jochen Brocks at Australian National University and his colleagues have found fat molecules in 558 million-year-old fossils of Dickinsonia – a type of Ediacaran – that confirms it was an early animal.‘”Earliest animal fossils are identified (Paul Rincon for the BBC News). “Scientists have identified the earliest known animal in the geological record.“The only reporters who showed a little bit of mild restraint wrote in Nature and Science:World’s first animal was a pancake-shaped prehistoric ocean dweller (Jeremy Rehm, Nature). Rehm says that proving that Dickinsonia are related to Cambrian animals “remains challenging,” and admits that Ediacarans “remain a mysterious group whose relation to any living organisms is uncertain.” He does not question the dates, however. “Under the right conditions, these chemicals can persist for millions of years, and so help to determine a fossilized organism’s evolutionary relationships.” That’s an assertion with no references. How could he prove it or test it?Chemical clues to the earliest animal fossils (Roger E. Summons and Douglas H. Erwin, Science). Erwin is one of the leading Darwinian experts on the Cambrian Explosion, fully aware of its challenges, so perhaps he considers it wise not to bang the victory drum too loudly. He doesn’t call Dickinsonia an animal, and he doesn’t call it an ancestor. But as a Darwin Party loyalist, he would never question the ages of the fossils. His last sentences are hopeful monsters of wishful thinking:Because molecular clock estimates and morphological characters from fossils offer limited resolution, our best hope for unraveling the early history of animals and the affinities of the Ediacara biota lies with identification of biomarkers that allow us to differentiate specific metazoan clades, particularly among the bilaterians. Further refining the phylogenetic signals from biomarkers may also help to resolve the early history of animals during the Cryogenian and early Ediacaran. Moreover, the fossil-specific biomarker approach taken by Bobrovskiy et al. promises to yield many new insights into the fossilization processes that led to soft-tissue preservation across the animal kingdom and throughout geological time.This guarded statement appears to indicate that Erwin knows about pervasive soft-tissue reports, and may be worried about how to explain them over “geological time.”Update 9/27/18: At Evolution News, paleontologist Günter Bechly has given a detailed look at all the evidence, explaining “Why Dickinsonia Was Most Probably Not an Ediacaran Animal.” He goes through all the papers written about this creature over the last 20 years, including the recent paper by Bobrovskiy et al., showing that the claims by Jochen Brocks are overblown when all the morphological and taphonomic evidence is considered. The cholesterol evidence is not conclusive, he explains, because plants and microbes also produce these molecules.Previously, hydrocarbon biomarkers for steranes had even been reported in 2.7-billion-year-old rocks (Brocks et al. 1999), but were later rejected as contaminations (French et al. 2015), so that Brocks had to submit a correction to his paper. This author is the very same Jochen Brocks whose lab is responsible for the new claim of cholesterol in Dickinsonia. Just saying. It should also be mentioned that in the other dickinsoniid Andiva, studied by Bobrovskiy (2018b), the steroid biomarkers were confounded by background signals and harder to interpret (Summons & Erwin 2018), which may be read as: they did not give the desired result of a metazoan nature.Although Bechly does not question the age of the fossil, he does imply that original biomolecules should not last that long: “the found cholesteroid should neither have been preserved for more than a half billion years, nor should it be expected to be found in invertebrate animals at all, including an Ediacaran stem group representative.”Can the world’s experts really follow Darwin like lemmings off a cliff? You just watched them do it. Brett Miller’s latest cartoon (a CEH exclusive) illustrates the situation: Evidence be darned. Wherever Master Darwin leads, we follow with eyes closed just like his!Here’s another, an illustration by J. 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Rhino poaching: behind the scenes with South African rangers

first_img14 October 2015By Alex Crawford, special correspondent in South Africa, Sky NewsPromising not to give up, the rangers of the Kruger National Park are positive they will win the war against rhino poaching despite the disappointing increase in the number of deaths of these animals. New efforts include using Squirrel helicopters to find the poachers.British news group Sky News was given exclusive access to South Africa’s new rapid response anti-poaching unit to witness the efforts being made to stem the deaths of rhinos in the country’s largest national park.The work to stop rhino poaching falls under one of the pillars of the National Development Plan of the South African government, namely to protect and enhance the country’s environmental assets and natural resources.Winning the warDespite the increased efforts and extra money being used to fight the rhino wars, the number of rhinos poached is up by nearly 30% in the Kruger National Park alone. But the teams on the frontline insist they are winning.“We now have four (helicopters) in our fleet to cover an area the size of Israel. It’s a big area to police,” said helicopter pilot Jaco Mol.The park also has night vision equipment to scour the vast area. It has increased its K9 dog units to strengthen its paramilitary-style approach to poaching, and has raised the number of animals it is relocating to safer, secret locations on private game reserves.Rangers believe there are between 12 to 15 groups of poachers operating in the Kruger at any one time. They come in groups of about three, armed with hunting rifles, sometimes even silencers to cut down the possibility of being heard.The rangers need to be quick to catch poachers at work. They could hack off a rhino’s horn within a few minutes “if they’re experienced”, explained section ranger Rob Thomson. Then it’s a mad dash to the park’s border fence, which could take days depending on how far they’ve come into the reserve.The culpritsSyndicates sell the horn on the Far Eastern black market, where the keratin can fetch tens of thousands of dollars. They recruit poachers from the poor communities along the Kruger boundary fence.It is suspected that cattle herders are used as “scouts”. They apparently innocently move their livestock along the fence, while also acting as “spotters” of rhinos and the rangers.“He just needs to phone the poacher when he sees a rhino at the river near the fence, the poacher comes back and next thing, the rhino’s dead,” said Thomson.How the rangers operateRangers are radioed in and follow the poachers’ spoor. Despite co-ordinating ground and air teams, and mobilising a sniffer dog and his handler, the poachers’ track appears several hours old.During a raid on a group of poachers, ranger Andrew Desmet was shot several times. Determined to combat rhino poaching, however, he was back in the field after his five-week recovery.Watch how the Kruger National Park teams work:Orphaned rhinoOperation Save the Rhino also involves rescuing and caring for young rhino orphaned by the killings. Without their mothers’ protection, calves are vulnerable to attacks by other wildlife.If rangers spot an orphan, they will do their utmost to make sure it is taken to the Care for Wild Africa centre set up to cater for rhino young.The exact location of the centre is a secret, for the rhinos’ security. Although the orphans are kept under 24-hour guard, one has already been poached. Volunteers – mostly from abroad – pay to help take care of these endangered creatures.Petronel Nieuwoudt, who runs the non-profit company, warned: “If we don’t do something to save the next generation of rhinos, then the species really will be wiped out.”Watch Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa speak about the interventions of the South African government to curb rhino poaching:Source: Sky Newslast_img read more

Davis Cup tie will be De Voest’s last

first_img2 April 2014South African Davis Cup star Rik De Voest announced at the Irene Country Club on Tuesday that the Davis Cup tie against Lithuania, to be played from 4 to 6 April, would be his last for the country.The 33-year-old confirmed that after 15 years as a professional the tie to be played this weekend would be his last outing in the green and gold.‘A memorable journey’“This is my 20th Davis Cup tie I will be playing for my country and it’s fitting, here at my home club in Irene, I play that tie and call time on my Davis Cup duties. It’s been a memorable journey and I am very proud in what I have achieved,” he said.De Voest also confirmed that he would retire from professional tennis in the next few months, but before doing that he had to meet some on court obligations.“My wife Carolyn [a Canadian] has just given birth to our first child Morgan and my life has changed. I am now a family man with new goals, objectives and priorities and my last tournament will be in my new home city, Vancouver, Canada,” De Voest explained.Davis Cup awardThe International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced that they would be presenting De Voest with a special Davis Cup award on the Saturday [5 April] of the tie, to commemorate his 20th tie in the competition.De Voest will be one of only four South African players to have played 20 or more ties for their country. The others to have achieved the milestone are Cliff Drysdale, Frew McMillan and Wayne Ferreira.Line-up not yet confirmedMeanwhile, South African captain John-Laffnie de Jager said his team was well prepared for the showdown with Lithuania, but could not confirm who would be his second singles player after De Voest.“I have told all the boys that the second spot is up for grabs and whoever performs best this week will be able to fill that spot,” De Jager said.He has until Thursday to name his final four players from his five man squad. De Voest and doubles specialist Raven Klaasen are given choices, but the remaining two spots will be filled by Dean O’Brien, Jean Andersen or Ruan Roelofse.Adapting wellLithuanian captain Rimvydas Mugevicius said his team were adapting well to the altitude and were hitting the ball better each day.Ricardos Berankis, the top ranked Lithuanian player, said he was pleasantly surprised at how well the court was playing and he was feeling quite confident after two days of practice.‘A tough one’“This tie is going to be a tough one,” Berankis reckoned. “South Africa have a good team with lots of experience. I don’t know the players that well, but we have a few more days to watch them in action and strategise accordingly.”With only four players at his disposal, the Mugevivius said he had very little choice, but would decide on Thursday who to play in the doubles.He is expected to select Berankis and his second highest ranked player, Laurynas Grigelis, to play singles, but could be forced to use both Berankis and Grigelis in the doubles too because his third and fourth players, Lukas Mugevicius and Mantas Bugailiskis, are “young, with very little Davis Cup experience”.DrawThe official draw for the tie takes place at 10:00 on Thursday morning at the Irene Dairy Farm, just outside Centurion, where both captains will name their four players and their singles line up and doubles teams. Internationally acclaimed tennis referee and umpire Gerry Armstrong of England will officiate the draw.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

John Deere adds new models to Triple-Mounted Mo-Co lineup

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Larger mower-conditioners offer wider cutting widths and faster transport speedsAfter the successful introduction of the company’s first Triple-Mounted Mower-Conditioner in 2012, John Deere announces the addition of five new models that increase productivity of mowing and conditioning operations.“Our newest updates to these combination front- and rear-mounted machines offer wider front cutting widths at 3.1 or 3.5 meters and three combined cutting widths up to 9.9 meters,” says Glenn Padgett, senior marketing representative with John Deere Ottumwa Works. “These wider machines mean that dairy and beef cattle customers and large commercial hay producers can cut more acres per hour, increasing their productivity, especially during weather-sensitive field conditions.”With the addition of these models, the John Deere front and rear Mo-Co lineup now includes five models with different configurations, depending on customer needs:Two front machines, F310R and F350R, have respective cutting widths of 3.1 and 3.5 meters.Either of the two fronts combined with two different configurations of rear machines (two 3.1 meters or two 3.5 meters) delivers three different configurations, R870R, R950R and R990R, with respective cutting widths of 8.7, 9.5 and 9.9 meters.Productivity can be optimized further with AutoTrac™, the guidance system available on John Deere Tractors, which enables the new mower conditioners to cut and condition the crop at speeds up to 20 mph. Depending on tractor horsepower, transport speeds range up to 30 mph and transport widths can be configured to 3.5 meters or less. This helps operators reduce transport times and optimizes cutting and conditioning when working in each field.“These units are designed to maximize performance with superior cutting and conditioning in all types of hay,” adds Padgett. “In addition, producers can make precise ground pressure adjustments in seconds, thanks to a new ground pressure cylinder, which increases uptime in the field.”Maintenance time is reduced even further with a new front design that improves operator visibility when working.For more information on the new Triple-Mounted Mower-Conditioners and other hay and forage products from John Deere, see your local John Deere dealer or visit www.JohnDeere.com/Ag.last_img read more

16 days agoEx-Tottenham goalkeeper Jordan Archer training with Aston Villa

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Tottenham goalkeeper Jordan Archer training with Aston Villaby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham goalkeeper Jordan Archer is training with Aston Villa.He is seeking a new club after departing Millwall in the summer, says the Daily Mail.Archer was released by the Lions at the end of the last campaign and would be an experienced option for a number of clubs, having clocked up more than 200 senior appearances in his career.The 26-year-old will work with Villa goalkeeping coach Neil Cutler and the ‘keepers who have not departed on international duty, Orjan Nyland and Jed Steer, as well as the rest of the squad who have remained at the club’s Bodymoor Heath training ground.Archer started his career at Tottenham but never made a senior appearance for the club. He joined Millwall permanently in 2015, following a successful loan spell, and made more than 150 appearances for the Lions. last_img read more

3 days agoChelsea winger Hudson-Odoi: I know I can improve

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi: I know I can improveby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi says he’ll get better as he gets fitter.Hudson-Odoi is confident of his place in manager Frank Lampard’s plans.”I definitely think I can improve. I am not a perfect player,” he said. “I say to myself, keep going, keep working hard and hopefully more opportunities will come.”I just need to get up to speed and get my fitness back. I think once that happens gradually my dribbling and everything will come back to what it was. Now I am feeling a bit more confident to get on the ball and do my stuff.” last_img read more

MES Delivers Bulk Carrier to Genoa Shipping

first_imgzoom Japanese shipbuilder Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (MES) has delivered MV Desert Harrier, a 60,000 dwt type bulk carrier, to the Marshall Islands-based shipping company Genoa Shipping and Investment Limited.Delivered at MES’ Chiba Works on February 1, 2017, the newbuilding represents the 21st vessel of the shipbuilder’s “neo60BC” eco-ship design.The 34,507 gross ton MV Desert Harrier features a length of 199.9 meters and a width of 32.25 meters.Having four cranes and five cargo holds, the bulker is designed for loading various cargoes like coal, ore, grain, as well as lengthy/heavy cargo such as steel pipe and hot coil.Classed by classification society ABS, the ship has low sulfur fuel oil tanks designed for operation in ECAs (Emission Control Areas).MES has 23 ships on order, of which ten 60,000 dwt bulkers. The ten bulk carrier newbuildings are slated for delivery in 2017 and 2018, according to data provided by VesselsValue.last_img read more

Three gunshots fired the night Colten Boushie died on Saskatchewan farm

first_imgThe Canadian PressBATTLEFORD, Sask. – The Crown says evidence will show that three shots were fired the night a 22-year-old Indigenous man was killed on a Saskatchewan farm.Crown prosecutor Bill Burge told the trial of Gerald Stanley on Tuesday that court will hear from the farmer’s son, Sheldon, who came out running when he and his father thought someone was trying to steal a vehicle from their yard in August. 2016.Burge told the jurors they will hear that Sheldon Stanley went inside to get his keys because a grey Ford Escape SUV was starting to drive away when it hit another vehicle in the yard.“As he was running into the house, he heard two gunshots. When he got out of the house with his car keys, he heard another gunshot. He looked. He saw his father standing by the driver’s door of this vehicle with a gun and a clip in his hand,” Burge told court.“Sheldon Stanley approached the vehicle and saw Colten Boushie in the driver’s seat slumped toward the steering wheel.”Burge said there were two females in the back seat of the vehicle. Two other males had jumped out of the SUV and ran away.Burge told the jury an autopsy found Boushie died from a gunshot wound that entered behind his left ear and exited through the side of his head.Police recovered a Ruger-style handgun.Stanley, who is 56, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder.RCMP Cpl. Terry Heroux was called to the Stanley farm the night of the shooting and took several photos. Some of them show the SUV, its front left wheel worn down to the rim, with the doors open and a body under blankets on the ground.Dark blood stains can be seen on the seat and dashboard. A broken .22-calibre rifle was found next to the vehicle. Heroux said the barrel was bent but there was a bullet in the chamber and five in a clip.Boushie, who was from the Red Pheasant First Nation, was initially a passenger when the SUV drove onto the farm near Biggar, Sask., on Aug. 9, 2016.Supporters and family members of the accused and of the victim packed the courtroom Tuesday.Boushie’s uncle, Alvin Baptiste, brought an eagle feather with him to the proceedings.“I bring it in and this is for justice,” he said during a break. “This is a symbolic symbol of First Nations people.”He said his sister Debbie Baptiste, who is Boushie’s mother, was at the courthouse but not in the courtroom for the first witness.“She’s not sitting in the courtroom to see those graphic pictures.”Three weeks have been put aside for the trial.last_img read more

Tour de Cookie to Benefit Tree House Child Assessment Center

first_imgJoin cyclists of all ages at the second annual Tree House Tour de Cookie, a 12- or 40-mile bicycle ride on May 3 to benefit the Tree House Child Assessment Center. The Tree House Tour de Cookie is hosted by the Universities at Shady Grove. A public-private partnership, the Tree House Child Assessment Center is dedicated to reducing trauma and promoting healing for child victims of physical and sexual abuse, and neglect.The ride begins at 9 a.m. at the Universities of Shady Grove in Rockville. Participants will ride between cookie stands hosted by local clubs and organizations and collect and enjoy cookies and other sweet treats along the way. Riders will receive a collectible long sleeve t-shirt and a custom medal.Awards will go to the best cookie stand.In addition to the ride, a community expo will be held with exhibits and activities for children and families. There will be food for purchase and a raffle with prizes including autographed Washington Nationals memorabilia and gift cards from local businesses.For more information or to register, go to www.treehousetourdecookie.com .last_img read more