Beijing bird bash as Nature vol.405, p992, 29 June 2000 reported a meeting of scientists that bore more resemblance to a political sparring match on the question of whether birds evolved from dinosaurs. Rex Dalton wrote “When ornithologists and palaeontologists rolled into Beijing earlier this month for the fifth quadrennial meeting of the Society of Avian Paleontology and Evolution, it seemed like a perfect opportunity to try and resolve the long-running debate over whether birds evolved from dinosaurs. Northeast China has produced a wealth of bird and dinosaur fossils in recent years, and these have been used to explore the links between the two groups. At the meeting, Chinese scientists showed off some newly discovered specimens, which might help to answer important evolutionary questions. But by the close of the meeting, hosted by Beijing’s Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP), the divisions between those who believe birds evolved from dinosaurs and those who disagree appeared greater than ever.”

Editorial Comment: See Genesis 1:20 for God’s objection to both sides of the current debate. (Ref. birds, dinosaurs, China)