The Houston Chronicle, Thursday January 27, 2011 article “T. Rex cousin had only one finger by Simeon Bennett discusses a new find in China of a fossil dinosaur related to the Tyrannosaurus Rex. It seems the new find had only one finger. Unfortunately that finger was shorter. Scientist had thought that the loosing of the two outer fingers would result in the elongating and strengthening of the remaining finger. The scientists would have expected the finger to be longer or at least remain to same proportional size.
This small dinosaur, about eight inches tall, would have feed on termites and ants and would use the middle finger to dig. Evolutionary theory would suggest that the middle finger, the most used, would grow stronger and the outer two would diminish and eventually disappear. The outer two did as expected and disappeared, but the middle shrunk.
Now, with most scientific theories scientists would adjust the theory to fit the facts. Evolution is different. It does not change. Scientists have so much invested in the theory of evolution that they are not capable of changing it. This is not science; it is closer to a religion. Scientific theories are supposed to change as new facts are discovered. A new or revised theory would incorporate the new findings into the old and a new theory is born. Evolution is stuck as it was first put forth by Charles Darwin over a hundred years ago.
Science makes a big deal about how science is based on fact and logic and religion is based on personal feeling and a disregard for the facts. But in the case of evolution facts that do not fit are disregarded or ignored. We are asked to wait as new facts are just around the corner that will put all the debate to rest and evolution will reign triumphant over religion.
The problem is the new discoveries and facts don’t fit the theory.