The Ancestor of T-Rex: Moving the Goalposts (Again) of Evolution

Just when they thought it safe to hang their hat on a theory

This fearsome T Rex, as the Tyrannosaurus is hailed in popular culture after Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster Jurassic Park movie series, now apparently has an ancestor not much larger in size than an average human. The evolutionary downgrading was one-hundredth its size but astonishingly exact in features.

The twist in the tale was the outcome of the skeletal remains of “Raptorex Kriegsteini” meeting University of Chicago’s Paul Sereno, one of the world’s leading dinosaur experts.

The three-meter long Raptorex dinosaur skeleton was smuggled out of northern China to the US. It found its way to a fossil show in Tucson, Arizona, from where a private collector, Dr Henry Kriegstein, bought the Chinese-origin dinosaur remains without knowing its significance.

The 60-year-old Kriegstein, an eye surgeon and alumni of Harvard and Stanford Universities, contacted Paul Sereno. Sereno and his five colleagues [1] were stunned with the find.

“It shows that tyrannosaur design evolved at ‘punk size’, basically our body weight,” said Sereno, who has traveled across the world, including China and India, on the multi-million years old dinosaur trail. “And that’s pretty staggering, because there’s no other example that I can think of where an animal has been so finely designed at about 100th the size that it would eventually become.”

Designed?  I can hardly wait to hear the howls of indignation coming from the die-hard evolutionists.

But it isn’t unique.  Consider cats.  We have the small domestic version and the large wild version.  Both have similar physiologies.  Both have the same lazy, shiftless attitude towards life.  (Just live with one, and then watch the wild version in action or inaction.)  How did this happen?

There is design work going on here.  But those that don’t do it don’t understand it either.

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