Inveterate creationists, then or now, never allow their faith to fall victim to facts. But to any careful, unbiased observer, it was clear that the fossil bird from the Age of Reptiles consisted of a genuine missing link between classes.(life size dinosaur model) The fossil bird of 1861 displayed one undoubtedly obvious reptilian feature: a bony tail that was very long and not the abbreviated stub found on all modern birds (any long tails of modern species consist of feathers only; the tail bones are always stumpy like a chicken’s). At first, the details of Archaeopteryx’s skull and jaws remained obscure, because the head was the worst preserved part of the skeleton.
Certainly no one expected the Jurassic bird to have teeth. (dinosaur factory)Though Marsh’s birds from Kansas were much younger geologically than Archaeop teryx, he discovered the teeth in their jaws in 1872 and so received credit for the first discovery of toothed birds. After that, of course, evolutionists projected that Arcbaeopteryx too would prove to have been equipped with teeth. Then, in 1877, the Bavarian quarries yielded a second Arcbaeopteryx skeleton, and detailed analysis uncovered the startling pro-Darwinian evidence: Arcbaeopteryx too had had teeth, and everywhere the structure of its joints and muscle processes had been much less birdlike and far more primitive than those of the Odontornithes of the Cretaceous.
For paleontologists to accept an animal as a real “missing link” between classes, the fossil is not only required to display an anatomical structure intermediate between two distinct classes, but it also has to appear in the “correct” sequence of time, intermediate between the two classes. (dinosaur manufacturers)If the Darwinists were right, and birds had evolved from a long-acting process, then the fossil record had to read correctly, from bottom to top: The strata had to show (1) the first primitive reptiles, then (2) advanced “reptiles” (dinosaurs), then (3) primitive birds with teeth, then (4) more modern birds with teeth, and finally (5) totally modern, toothless birds. (lifelike dinosaur costume)Now, primitive reptiles had been found low in the strata, in rocks from the Coal Age and the Permian Period. Dinosaurs with birdlike bodies made their entrance in the next-higher strata of the Triassic Period. (lifelike dinosaur for sale)Arcbaeopteryx, a very primitive bird with teeth, showed up in the next strata, the Jurassic. Marsh’s toothed birds had been more advanced than Arcbaeopteryx and appeared in the next period, the Cretaceous. And, finally, truly modern birds without teeth made their debut at the very end of the Cretaceous and the beginning of the next epoch, the Paleocene. So it all fell into place exactly as evolutionists would have predicted.