Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | May 25, 2022

Robin or Robinosaurus?

(4 Minute Read. 25May2022)

One of my earliest memories as a very young child is seeing a robin pull an earthworm out of the ground in our backyard. I remember watching as the robin tugged and tugged, stretching the worm to its limit in a taut line till it popped out of the ground and the robin enjoyed a delicious repast.

Robins yanking worms from the ground fascinated me as a little four-year-old boy. I used to watch robins run across our lawn, pause and cock their heads, and then suddenly strike the ground with their beaks to get a worm.

I learned that robins use sight, hearing, and touch to find worms. Robins have keen eyesight and can spot the end of a worm poking out of the ground. They also see minute changes in the ground as worms move just below the surface. As the worms move, robins can hear the sound of dirt particles rubbing against each other. They also feel the vibrations in the ground through their feet. All this data helps them know where to strike with their beak. They rarely miss. This all glorifies the Great Creator who built into the robin DNA the ability to execute this complex process to find worm food.

Why do robins eat worms? Worms are high in protein which robins need for strong flight muscles, bones, and feathers. Worms provide a wide variety of vitamins and minerals and plenty of fat for energy for flight. A single robin can eat up to 14 feet of worms per day.

Robin Eggs at Campground

Jesus pointed to birds as prime examples of the Great Creator’s provision and care.
“For this reason I say to you, do not be anxious for your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink. . . . Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?” (Matthew 6:25-26)

The American robin is a migratory song bird. Its song is a high-pitched varied warble. Robins will start to sing well before sunrise, even before roosters crow.

The robin is usually the first bird I see every spring. North America has 370 million robins, making the robin the continent’s most common bird. The robin is the state bird of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Connecticut.

I was reminded of these memories last week when we found a nest of four robin eggs at our campground. The nest was about one foot off the ground in a fork of the legs of a campsite picnic table. The mother hovered nearby and eventually returned to the nest.

Robin nest in table leg at campground

Mother robin on nest in table legs

This nest location was quite unusual. Normally robin nests are 5-15 feet above ground in trees or dense brush. Robin eggs hatch after 14 days of incubation, and the chicks remain in the nest for two more weeks. The vulnerable near-ground location of this nest near woods and in a popular campground make it unlikely that any robins from the nest will survive. (But read the sequel Robins Hatch to learn what happened.)

Robins were once hunted for their breast meat. Just like with quail (see Quail Hunt), the breast meat can be easily pulled off the bird. But the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 has made it illegal to hunt robins. With 370 million robins, this more than 100-year-old law should be updated to permit harvesting robins for food. I’m sure they would taste just as good as quail. Besides, the robins who lobbied to pass this law are long dead.

Birds From Dinosaurs?

Did you know that most evolutionists maintain that birds evolved from dinosaurs?

I know it sounds crazy, but evolutionists really do believe this. Around 1870, Darwin’s famous defender and promoter Thomas Huxley (nicknamed Darwin’s Bulldog) was the first to speculate that birds evolved from dinosaurs.

Evolutionists think that birds evolved from a group of meat-eating dinosaurs called therapods. Therapods include the velociraptors and the huge six-ton Tyrannosaurus Rex. Evolutionary scientists believe that birds evolved from smaller therapods weighing 100 to 500 pounds.
(Sanger, How Dinosaurs Shrank and Became Birds, Scientific American, June 12, 2015.)

What could be more stupid? It is pure idiocy and a deliberate refusal to believe the truth that birds and dinosaurs are distinct creations of the Great Creator.

But not all evolutionists believe this lunacy. Evolutionist Storrs Olson (1944–2021) was the Curator of Birds at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. In an open letter to National Geographic, he called this theory that birds evolved from theropods “one of the grander scientific hoaxes of our age — the paleontological equivalent of cold fusion.”
(Olson, Open Letter to Dr. Peter Raven, Secretary, Committee for Research and Exploration, National Geographic Society, 1 November 1999.}

I myself agree with Olson. What about you? Do you agree with Dr. Olson?

If this evolutionary tale about birds evolving from dinosaurs is true, then dinosaurs are not completely extinct. Their descendants are flying around us daily, feeding at our backyard bird feeders, and landing on our tables as delicious chickens and turkeys. Chick-Fil-A must be serving dino-burgers!

For many evolutionists, birds are dinosaurs. How silly!

?Robinosaurus?

If birds evolved from dinosaurs, where is the Robinosaurus, the supposed dinosaur ancestor of the Robin? Where are the innumerable fossils of all the countless intermediate creatures between the Robinosaurus and the Robin?

Answer: There are NONE! There is no robinosaurus. There is not even one fossil of the millions of supposed intermediate creatures between a robinosaurus and a robin, nor any fossil of any other intermediate form between any dinosaur and bird.

Bird feathers are highly complex structures that vary according to their function. How did dinosaur scales turn into feathers as evolutionists claim? There is no known mechanism for this.

The avian lung has a one-way flow of air through the bird. Reptile lungs in dinosaurs have a two-way flow, in and back out, similar to the mammal lung. How did the dinosaur lung change to function for birds, while continually maintaining its effectiveness through the innumerable supposed mutations.

How did therapods learn to fly? How did the tiny reptilian forelegs of therapods turn into bird wings? How did this happen in such a way that every minor change conferred a survival advantage? Where are all the half-leg/half-wing structures in the fossil record? How did the alternating movement of legs change into the symmetric togetherness of wing movement?

No one has ever sketched out how one of these three required changes could have happened, much less the hundreds of other changes required to turn a therapod robinosaurus into a robin.

The whole idea is simply ludicrous.

How could a therapod dinosaur weighing 100 to 500 pounds evolve into a 3-ounce robin? To think that such a thing happened is not logical.

The Great Creator’s Work

The report in Genesis 1 is clear. Birds did not evolve from dinosaurs. The Great Creator did not make birds from dinosaurs. Birds were created on Day Five before land dinosaurs were created on Day Six.

Birds and dinosaurs are completely separate creations of the Great Creator that glorify Him through their innate being. According to Genesis 1, God created animals to reproduce “after their kind.” Dinosaurs produce dinosaurs and birds produce birds.

The Great Creator made a pair of robins. He did not make a robinosaurus.

Thus the answer to the title question, Robin or Robinosaurus? is Robin! There is no such creature as a Robinosaurus. There never has been. There never will be.

Questions to Ponder

1. What un-trendy truth requires your courage to speak up in your social environment or workplace?
2. What is the most reasonable conclusion about whether birds originated from dinosaurs?

Share your thoughts on this question in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria. Alere Flammam Veritatis.

Read the sequel:
Robins Hatch

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Wednesday May 25, 2022 A.D.

But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you;
And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you;
And let the fish of the sea declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the LORD has done this,
In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?
(Job 12:7-10)

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Responses

  1. 1. What un-trendy truth requires your courage to speak up in your social environment or workplace? – I had to think on this one a bit. There is so much urgency on so many cultural trends. My choice would be the depravity of man and his need for the loving grace of our Savior in redemption but that’s not in the spirit of the question, I suppose. I think the most urgent thing is our countries deprivations related to human sexuality starting with gender right on through to lack of self-denial and self-control in so many ways.

    2. What is the most reasonable conclusion about whether birds originated from dinosaurs? – Much wonderful work (often with much justified derision) being done by so many Creation Science institutions like Creation Research Society, Journal of Creation, Answers Journal and so on with books, articles, etc. Rightfully so, I think there is an ever-increasing and justifiable attack on this ridiculous, indeed, very silly, theory. The last time something that exemplified so well where evolutionary theory leads its constituents was the (somewhat accepted) snowball earth theory of a couple or three decades ago. The story telling energy put into such things, theories without any real evidence, could be applied so much more effectively and rightly on real day problems. This isn’t even “pure research” with the idea of accumulating knowledge for some future benefit or application. May creation scientists continue exemplifying good stewardship and wise use of the resources they have to study God’s gifts in His generous creation.

    Thanks Bible-Science Guy!

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  2. Thank you Father for creating your beautiful birds to enjoy.

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  3. Reblogged this on The Creation Cowboy and commented:
    Bird-to-dinosaur evolution is the majority view in that area, but that doesn’t make it right. Indeed, there are numerous drastic changes (documented in detail on many biblical creationist sites) that make the whole thing risible.

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    • Amen! Thanks for the re-blog and for reading and commenting.

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  4. Nice post. I agree. I wrote a book “Reindeer Don’t Fly: Exploring the Evidence-Lacking Realm of evolutionary Philosophy” which deals with this issue. I invite you to take a look. It’s gotten good reviews.

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    • Thanks for reading and commenting. Catchy title for your book — sounds intriguing.

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