If dinosaurs as evolutionist claimed evolved into birds, thousands of types of animals should have been more bird-like than dinosaurs and more dinosaur-like than birds. Evolutionists claim that Archaeopteryx (pronounced ark-ee-op-ta-riks) is a feathered dinosaur, a transition between dinosaurs (or reptiles) and birds.
There is relatively few claimed intermediate fossils, in which only the Archaeopteryx is the one most frequently cited by evolutionists and shown in most biology textbooks. Some say the six Archaeopteryx fossils (only two show feathers) are the most famous fossils in the world. Archaeopteryx means “ancient wing”. It was about the size of a modern day chicken. But the true story behind this alleged half-dinosaur, half-bird is much more interesting than its fancy scientific name. But could Archaeopteryx just be a Compsognathus with so-called feathered wings imprinted on to a fossil with wet cement. In July of 1980 a scientist Dr. Lee Spetner was the first to make an allegation at a meeting of orthodox Jewish scientists that the two Archaeopteryx fossils with clearly visible feathers were forgeries. In June 1978 Spetner studied the British Museum specimen and found some things wrong with the fossil and reported it to Dr. Alan Charig, the museums Chief Curator of fossil Amphibians, Reptiles, and Birds. Charig has consistently denied the fossil specimen to be a forgery. Before I go into what was found on the original fossil specimens, there is a brief history connected to them.
The Two Archaeopteryx fossils with feathers were found and sold for high prices. these two fossils came from Solnhofen Limestone Quarry in Germany. They were sold by Karl Haberlein (in 1861 for 700 pounds) and his son, Ernst (in 1877 for 20,000 gold marks), just as Darwin’s theory and book, The Origin of Species (1859) were gaining popularity. While some german experts thought that the new 1861 fossil was a forgery, the British Museum had no qualms about buying it sight unseen. In the proceeding century they discovered that fossil forgies from limestone quarries were common in the region where these two Archaeopteryx fossil specimens were found.
Here is some out of place things that were found on the two Archaeopteryx specimens with feathers.. Neither one has a sternum (breastbone), which all birds and bats must have to anchor their large flight muscles which gives them the ability to fly.The slabs of limestone the Archaeopteryx were found in do not line up. The main slab and the counter slab do not line up. The feather impressions are primarily on the main slab, while the counter slab has no corresponding indentations. There were some raised areas that were made of fine-grained material while the rest of the fossil is composed of a coarse-grained limestone. The chemistry of the raised areas with finer-grained material containing the feather impressions differ significantly from the rest of the coarser-grained fossil slab. The coarser-grain was from the crystalline rock in the famous fossil quarry in Bavaria, while the finer-grain material was a cement paste that was added to the specimen,The feathers were laid down on the cement paste of the main slab and the counter slab was slightly displaced over the main slab causing what have been called “double strike” impressions when the main slab and counter slab were pressed together. Plus something else about the feathers appearance. If they were encased in mud or limestone paste they would of had a three-dimensional shape, typical of curved feathers which some of us of held in our hands from time to time. The feathers on Archaeopteryx specimens are flatten. The only way to flatten feathers would be to press them between two slabs.
The furcula (wishbone) on the Archaeopteryx specimen is very unusual indeed. The British Museum specimen has relatively the largest known in any bird. also it is upside down and not the typical V-shape of birds, but more like a boomerang shape found in some dinosaurs. The counterslab where the furcula lines up with the main slab should show a smoth depression into which the raised furcula will fit. But it does not. The counter slab shows a rough crudely chiseled impression which could not produce a degree of smoothness in cutting the rock similar to a true sedimentation cavity.
Andreas Wagner, the German scientist who discovered Compsognathus did have some qualms about Archaeopteryx. Compsognathus (pronounced Komp-sog-NAY-thus) was a small chicken-sized dinosaur. He recognized from the description of Archaeopteryx, what seemed to be his Compsognathus but with feathers. He was extremely suspicious of the find. Compsognathus and Archaeopteryx have many similarities. Compsognathus fossils were found at the same site in Germany where Archaeopteryx were found. Go figure!
Archaeopteryx should be considered the hoax of all time (over 150 years) outshining the one that fooled scientists for more than 40 years the Piltdown Man hoax. Apparently the motive for Archaeopteryx deception was money and we know as Christians what the root of all evil is the love of money (greed). Archaeopteryx should be labeled the fraud of all time, not the famous transitional fossil of all time. The same thing is happening in China. They tried with some fossils that turned out to be fake fossils, The British Museum is the one that should assume the blame for both Archaeopteryx feathered deceptions. The scientists who were willing to fit Archaeopteryx into their evolutionary frame work also helped spread the deception. Now natural history museums around the world have replica casts of Archaeopteryx on display.
So is Archaeopteryx a transition of a dinosaur (reptile) to bird, a bird that cannot fly, or just plain old Compsognathus with fake feathered wing impressions? This is something that needs to be addressed once in for all. We need a good discussion that truly can reveal what Archaeopteryx is once and for all.