"All described feathers in nonavian theropods are composite structures formed by multiple filaments. They closely resemble relatively advanced stages predicted by developmental models of the origin of feathers, but not the earliest stage. Here, we report a feather type in two specimens of the basal therizinosaur Beipiaosaurus, in which each individual feather is represented by a single broad filament. This morphotype is congruent with the stage I morphology predicted by developmental models, and all major predicted morphotypes have now been documented in the fossil record. This congruence between the full range of paleontological and developmental data strongly supports the hypothesis that feathers evolved and initially diversified in nonavian theropods before the origin of birds and the evolution of flight." From the abstract for the article, "A New Feather Type in a Nonavian Theropod and the Early Evolution of Feathers by Xing Xu, Xiaoting Zheng and Hailu You in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (Emphasis mine.)
How can ANYBODY, Dud1, MisterBelfry and others read this and NOT believe in evolution and the predictive power of scientific modeling? These types of new discoveries absolutely prove evolution to have occurred and confirm for all thinking people the genius of Darwin's initial support and evidence backing his theory. From 1859 through the countless new species descriptions and new fossil discoveries to our current times, evolutionary theory has NEVER been questioned or brought to doubt by ANY peer-reviewed scientist's writings. Science and those in the know are unanimous in their cognition and belief in evolution as the SOLE explanatory theory for the development of life on our planet. How can Creationists and other brainwashed, indoctrinated goons think they will EVER supplant Darwinian evolution with their blatant lies and hogwash? It is a lost cause and only continues to make them look completely ignorant, biased and disconnected from reality! SCIENCE PREVAILS, RELIGION FAILS!