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Fine introduced for second hand smoking in cars

first_imgThe BC government has set $109, as the fine, for those caught smoking in vehicles with children under the age of 16.That’s the same as the province’s booster seat fine and, failure to pay, will result in a refusal to issue, both a driver’s licence and auto insurance.The new regulations are set to go into effect on April 7th, which is World Health Day. Healthy Living and Sport Minister Mary Polak says, “Any level of second hand smoke has harmful effect on a child’s health and, it’s important for the government to help them get the best and healthiest start in life”.- Advertisement -BC is not the first jurisidiction in the country to ban smoking in automobiles, with regulations already in place in Ontario, Nova Scotia and the Yukon.last_img read more

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Excavated drain at Festival City blocks roadway

first_img“The issue is that the main road into Festival City has been cut and a drain is now across the road. That road has stayed like that for the past six weeks. Cars can’t pass. They got to drive around. They were trying to drain the trench from one side of the road to the one on the other side. It can’t happen, because I live not too far away and this has been going for weeks. I didn’t really want to report it, but now nothing happening,” he stated.For vehicles to enter the community, drivers are tasked with using another street, which is supposed to be the exit route. This publication made a subsequent visit to the area, where the road was cordoned off and inaccessible to motorists. Debris from the excavation work was piled along the side of the road and the drain was almost filled with sand.Meanwhile, other persons in the community lamented that with these drainage works in place, they were still facing constant flooding after heavy rainfall.After the first quarter of 2019, over $163 million in drainage works were announced throughout the capital city. The National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) had confirmed that contracts were approved for the cleaning of the city’s drainage channels, with manual cleaning operations totalling $71.9 million and mechanical cleaning operations totalling $91.6 million. It has been six weeks since a section of the main entrance of Festival City, North Ruimveldt, Georgetown was cordoned off and a drain, measuring some six feet in depth, was excavated to channel water from the nearby trench.The Festival City entry road remains blocked owing to the unfinished drainage worksNow, residents are calling on the Public Infrastructure Ministry and other authorities to look into the matter, since they cannot traverse the roadway. They also informed that contractors have been moving at a slothful pace, much to their discomfort.One resident, Joseph Godfrey informed Guyana Times on Wednesday that the situation was distressing. He had believed that the road would have been accessible in a short time, but realised that this was not the case after waiting for over one month. The road was split completely to allow water from the trench to flow to the other side. This was followed by other works to fix the drainage system.last_img read more

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AC Milan considering move for Chelsea misfit

first_img How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? smart causal NEW ERA possible xi How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? LATEST TRANSFER NEWS Bakayoko has featured in Chelsea’s pre-season Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes ALTERED Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade gameday According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Bakayoko is one of two midfielders they are interested in signing, the other being Diadie Samassékou of Red Bull Salzburg.Bakayoko struggled to adapt to the Premier League in his first season after moving to Chelsea from Monaco for £40m.It is understood the Frenchman does not feature in Maurizio Sarri’s plans for the upcoming season and the new boss is keen to offload him. AC Milan are lining up a potential move for Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, according to reports in Italy.The Italian giants are looking to improve in every department as they seek to regain their place at the pinnacle of Serie A. Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener possible standings who plays? 1 highlights How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtureslast_img read more

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Jurgen Klopp dismisses ‘completely crazy’ talk over Liverpool star

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has labelled suggestions Fabinho could leave the club as “completely crazy”.Fabinho, who joined the Reds from Monaco in May for around £39million, has struggled to settle into the first team. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Fabinho was Liverpool’s first signing of the summer which saw them spend over £170m This has led to rumours that the Brazilian midfielder is heading for an Anfield exit with the likes of Juventus and AC Milan reportedly interested.But speaking to reporters ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Watford on Saturday, Klopp insisted the Reds No.3 isn’t going anywhere.“He was ever one for the future. Is he settling? Yes. He played and he did well, so it’s all good,” said Klopp.“Now it’s coming up the most intense period of the year, of the whole season; it’s unbelievable how many games we have now. That’s good, we knew that before.” Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? shining REVEALED Klopp spoke about Sturridge’s FA charge for the first time REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury tense 3 no dice “That would be completely crazy – he doesn’t want to, it’s only the crazy world out there that people, if they don’t play in the last five games, immediately open kind of a transfer market. We are not involved in that.”The club has been in the headlines off the pitch for all the wrong reasons after Daniel Sturridge was charged by the Football Association for breching betting rules.But Klopp says Sturridge’s focus has not wavered despite his misconduct charge.The German added: “You don’t see any influence on Daniel in training, so that’s good.center_img Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Watford vs Liverpool match preview, likely line-ups and moreFabinho has had a run of games recently, however, as he has benefited from a system change to 4-2-3-1, a formation he was used to with Monaco.“He used the time to adjust to what we want him to do. That was really good. The last games he played were pretty much all good or better. So, all fine,” Klopp continued.“Of course he will not leave. I don’t talk about transfers but if you want to ask, nobody leaves here. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 3 deals Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January gameday cracker 3 Latest Premier League News huge blow Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Fabinho has had a hand of good performances in Liverpool colours “I don’t know, I cannot say actually, anything about the case. It is difficult to get information about it but in training he is completely normal: in good shape, looks sharp, looks focused, but of course it is something you do not want to be involved in.”last_img read more

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HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR READERS IN AUSTRALIA

first_imgHAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR READERS IN AUSTRALIAWe hope you all have a wonderful 2015.  HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR READERS IN AUSTRALIA was last modified: December 31st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AustraliaHappy New Yearlast_img read more

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES AT THE RADISSON BLU LETTERKENNY

first_imgJOB OPPORTUNITIES AT THE RADISSON BLU LETTERKENNY was last modified: February 24th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Chef de PartiedonegalletterkennyRadisson Hotellast_img read more

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Rosses Irish-language plan to be presented at public meeting

first_imgA public meeting in Dungloe and Maghery next week will present the draft of the Rosses Irish-Language Plan on June 17th and 18th.The Rosses Language Planning Committee has been working over the last two years to prepare a plan for promoting the Irish language in the area, in accordance with the requirements of the Gaeltacht Act 2012. Ben Ó Ceallaigh, the language planning consultant, who helped write the plan, said: “The Rosses area around Dungloe, Maghery, Lettermacaward, Rutland and Anagaire has a long and distinguished tradition connected to Irish. “While the language isn’t as strong as it once was, this plan will help promote it and preserve the area’s Gaeltacht heritage,” he added.It will establish a free translation service for businesses and community groups, the founding of an Irish-learners club which will organise social events through the language, a wide range of subsidised classes, scholarships for summer and university courses, supports for local schools and parent, as well as funding for youth projects, and much, much more.”After an extensive community survey and research with local schools and community groups, the draft of the language plan is now complete and available for the public to view and comment on.The draft plan is currently available for public viewing in Dungloe Library, in Ionad an Mhachaire and online at www.pleanailteanganarosann.com/plean The meetings will take place on Monday, June 17th at 1900 in Ionad Teampaill Chróine and Tuesday, June 18th at 1900 in Ionad an Mhachaire. Fáilte roimh chách. Rosses Irish-language plan to be presented at public meeting was last modified: June 10th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Assembly surprise sees Donegal school winning €10,000

first_imgA school assembly at St. Safan’s National School was full of surprises when a star guest arrived to present a massive €10,000 cheque for a new kitchen!TV personality and entrepreneur, Aoibhín Garrihy, arrived at the Castlefinn school to surprise staff and pupils after they won the Gala Gifts for Schools competition.A ‘Gala’ Gift of €10,000 for St. Safan’s National School – Paul Harkin, Harkins, Gala Ballybofey, Tony Cluskey, Marketing and Ambient Trading Manager at Gala Retail, Aoibhín Garrihy, Tracy McBride, Principal, David Mayne, Area Manager Gala with the grand prize of €10,00 presented to the school yesterday. Photo Clive WassonSt. Safan’s N.S. was named as the winner of the ‘Best Health & Wellness Project’ category in the competition, following the school submitting a 60 second video on how they would spend a ‘Gala Gift’. The video focused on the school’s dream of creating a school kitchen where its pupils can learn about nutritional health and develop practical cooking skills that will help them to prepare healthy and wholesome meals for themselves and their families. Aoibhín Garrihy was joined by representatives from Gala Retail at the recent presentation celebrations at St. Safan’s.Known for community-focused convenience retailing, Gala Retail has donated €30,000 to Primary Schools in the 2019 Gala Gifts for Schools initiative, which follows last year’s competition in which a further €20,000 was gifted to three primary schools, marking the Group’s 20th birthday.Tony Cluskey, Marketing and Ambient Trading Manager at Gala Retail adds: “The creativity and innovation shown in the videos that we received from Primary Schools across Ireland was outstanding. It was extremely hard to judge the competition based on the calibre of entries, however the video from St. Safan’s really stood out thanks to its story, the clear message of how a Gala cash gift could really benefit the school, and of course, its pupils being the stars of the show in the video!“We look forward to following the progress and development of the school’s new kitchen and most importantly, how it’s benefitting the pupils’ education on the role of food and nutrition as part of overall health and wellness.” Assembly surprise sees Donegal school winning €10,000 was last modified: November 19th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Even as he rewrites HSU’s record book, Ja’Quan Gardner has sights set on another GNAC title

first_imgArcata >> Drew Petersen, Humboldt State’s longtime strength and conditioning coach, can pinpoint the exact moment when he knows a big game from Ja’Quan Gardner is on the horizon.“When you see him dancing in pregame warmups,” Petersen said, “that’s when you know Ja’Quan is gonna do something.”Gardner has done more than just bust out some dance moves or play air guitar in the minutes before a Humboldt State football game gets started. He’s danced before games, then danced on opposing defenses …last_img read more

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Did Evolving Fish Cry “Land Ho!” and Walk onto Land?

first_imgThe new fossil remains analyzed by Beznosov et al., reviewed by Fröbisch and Witzmann, include 183 skeletal fragments which the researchers grouped together to comprise what they estimate were 132 individual animals collected during excavations from 2002 to 2012. An examination of the fragments shown in Nature illustrates the problem of assembling these pieces correctly. I fail to see any indications these fragments link marine sea creatures and tetrapods. The only thing the evolutionists relied on was that a number of limb bones give evidence of being weight-bearing. Bones that would show clear evidence of transitions from fish to tetrapods were not in evidence. As the article’s authors admits, “The known diversity of tetrapods of the Devonian period has increased markedly in recent decades, but their fossil record consists mostly of tantalizing fragments.”[14]Many Radical Changes Required to Evolve From a Fish to a Land AnimalEvolving an aquatic animal into a tetrapod is, they confess, a chasm because of scores of radical changes that would be required. The transition from an aquatic, lobe-finned fish to an air-breathing amphibian had to be a major, fundamental event in the evolutionary history of the vertebrates. It would have required numerous adaptations within the overall body plan, both in form and in function. Consider just a few:Modification of the vertebral column to a thicker, stronger backbone to prevent the body from sagging under its own weight.Strong, sturdy limbs that could support and transport its body while out of water.Limbs with arms, and hands with digits (now standardized at five).A delicate integumentary system, modified from one designed to live in water. On land, it would be prone to desiccation, so it would need mechanisms to mitigate dehydration.A middle ear to connect to the piscine inner ear, allowing amplification of sound transmitted in air instead of water.Jaw bones reconstructed for herbivorous and carnivorous diets on land.SummaryFröbisch and Witzmann describe the Beznosov paper as a very partial, tentative story.The P. aelidae fossils offer a treasure trove of information that could help to disentangle some of the complex evolutionary changes that took place when vertebrates made the transition from aquatic to terrestrial life. This discovery also reminds us that much still remains to be learnt in the next gripping chapter of this detective story.[15]The existence of a “next gripping chapter of this detective story” is based on their firm belief that the evolutionary transition from aquatic to terrestrial life occurred. That’s why they believe more evidence will be uncovered if they just keep looking. In reality, the P. aelidae fossils do little to disentangle the “complex evolutionary changes that [supposedly] took place when vertebrates made the transition from aquatic to terrestrial life.”[16]References[1] Long JA, Gordon MS 2004. “The greatest step in vertebrate history: a paleobiological review of the fish-tetrapod transition”. Physiology Biochemical Zoology. 77 (5): 700–19.[2] Joyce Pieretti, Andrew R. Gehrke, Igor Schneider, Noritaka Adachi, Tetsuya Nakamura, and Neil H. Shubin. 2015. Organogenesis in deep time: A problem in genomics, development, and paleontology. PNAS , 112 (16) 4871-4876. April 21.[3] Nadia B. Fröbisch and Florian Witzmann, 2019. “Early tetrapods had an eye on the land.” Nature. 574 October 24. P. 494.[4] Jerry Bergman 2009. “Evidence for the Lack of Snake Evolution.” CRSQ. 45(4): 258-268, Spring.[5] The origin of tetrapods. https://evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/article/evograms_04[6] Clack, Jennifer A. 1997. “Devonian tetrapod trackways and trackmakers; a review of the fossils and footprints.” Paleogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Paleoecology. 130 (1–4): 227–250.[7] Clack, Jennifer. 2012. Gaining Ground: the origin and evolution of the tetrapods, 2nd  edition. Indiana U Press, p. 128.[8] Denton, Michael. 2016. Evolution: Still a theory in crisis. Seattle, WA: Discovery Institute Press, p. 159.[9] Nadia B. Fröbisch and Florian Witzmann, 2019. “Early tetrapods had an eye on the land.” Nature. 574 October 24. P. 494.[10] Pavel A. Beznosov, Jennifer A. Clack, Ervīns Lukševičs, Marcello Ruta & Per Erik Ahlberg. 2019. Morphology of the earliest reconstructable tetrapod Parmastega aelidae. Nature 574: 527–531. October 31[11] Clack, J. A., Ahlberg, P. E., Blom, H. & Finney, S. M. 2012. A new genus of Devonian tetrapod from North-East Greenland, with new information on the lower jaw of Ichthyostega. Paleontology 55(1): 73–86.[12] Ibid.[13] Ibid.[14] Beznosov et al., page 530.[15] Fröbisch & Witzmann. 2019.[16] Ibid.Dr. Jerry Bergman has taught biology, genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, anthropology, geology, and microbiology at several colleges and universities including for over 40 years at Bowling Green State University, Medical College of Ohio where he was a research associate in experimental pathology, and The University of Toledo. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Ohio, Wayne State University in Detroit, the University of Toledo, and Bowling Green State University. He has over 1,300 publications in 12 languages and 40 books and monographs. His books and textbooks that include chapters that he authored, are in over 1,500 college libraries in 27 countries. So far over 80,000 copies of the 40 books and monographs that he has authored or co-authored are in print. For more articles by Dr Bergman, see his Author Profile.(Visited 296 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 New Study Does Little to Solve How Sea Creatures Could Have Evolved into Land Creaturesby Jerry Bergman, PhDIn the world of animals, a great chasm exists between aquatic and terrestrial creatures. Consequently, to imagine the changes required to go from a body designed for breathing and navigating in water to one enabling an animal to breathe air and move on land is regarded by Darwinists as one of the most profound evolutionary transitions that ever occurred.[1] Not only is the origin of the limbs a major issue, but the transition from fins to limbs “is one of the critical events in the history of vertebrates.”[2] Specifically, evolutionary theory requires evidence of the transition from lobe-finned fish to tetrapod life forms. Evolutionists assume this transition occurred about 400 million Darwin years ago in the Devonian Period. No evidence exists to fill in this major gap, but a new study titled “Early tetrapods had an eye on the land” hints at some progress.[3] How promising are these new findings?Terminology Ground RulesIn the area of fish-to-tetrapod evolution, terminology is a problem, thus must be discussed. Tetrapod means “four feet” and includes all species that have four feet. Humans are called tetrapods by some, but because we walk on two legs, we are correctly called bipeds. Some evolutionists also include as tetrapods animals that don’t have four feet because they believe all land animals, living and extinct, were descended from the last common ancestor of tetrapods. Examples include the snake, even though it has no limbs, because evolutionists commonly claim it once had limbs, therefore is a tetrapod. No evidence exists to support this idea.[4] Also, the extinct swimming reptile called an ichthyosaur is called a tetrapod, even though it did not use its limbs to walk on land, because its ancestors are believed by evolutionists to have been tetrapods. Birds, too, are called tetrapods even though they walk on two legs, because they are believed to have evolved from tetrapod dinosaurs. The University of California website titled “Evolution” claims that all “animals are tetrapods because they descend from the tetrapod ancestor … even if they have secondarily lost their ‘four feet.’”[5] When used this way, the term “tetrapod” becomes not only confusing but meaningless. It violates the taxonomic rules of creationist Carolus Linnaeus, the father of taxonomy. This definition of tetrapod—even from an evolutionary framework—is meaningless if carried back far enough. It’s not unlike calling primates “bipedal” even if they walk on all fours or knuckle-walk, because of the assumption they evolved into bipedal humans.To be consistent, we will use the term tetrapods to refer only to animals that actually walk on four feet, and not on animals whose ancestors were assumed to once having walked on four feet, or animals believed in the past to have evolved into tetrapods from fish.Why Would a Marine Animal Evolve into a Land Animal?Theories about why fish evolved into land animals include the ‘drying pond’ hypothesis. This was proposed to explain “selection pressures” behind the transition. Fish with traits that helped them to survive the set of new conditions caused by their habitat drying out drove the survivors to became progressively better adapted to terrestrial conditions during prolonged episodes of drought. As we will show, this just-so-story lacks both anatomical as well as fossil evidence.The Problem of Tetrapod EvolutionLittle evidence supports the notion that some transitional marine animal moved to live on dry land, as evolution predicts. Living in a gravity-neutral aqueous environment and moving to a terrestrial environment requires the invention of very strong legs, strong enough to support the animal’s entire weight. A transitional form, even with partly evolved legs, could not have held its midsection off the ground until its limbs eventually evolved long and strong enough to support its weight. Thus, until this evolution was complete, one should expect to find evidence that they dragged their bellies on the ground. One study of all known trackways by the leading authority of the fish-to-tetrapod transition theory, Professor Jennifer Clack, does not provide any evidence that they dragged their bellies on the ground.[6]Clack also admitted, “The question of where tetrapods evolved is even more difficult to answer than that of when.”[7]  And Michael Denton noted after a full century and a half of research, “. . . the gap between the tetrapod limb and the fin remains.”[8] In a paper in Nature, Fröbisch and Witzmann admit that thescientific investigations into how vertebrates transitioned from water to land is like reading a good crime novel. We have a range of suspects, patchy evidence and a lot of unanswered questions. And to complicate matters, this transition from finned fish to four-limbed creatures (tetrapods) is a ‘cold case’ from nearly 400 million years ago.[9]Tetrapod fossil finds from the Devonian period have markedly increased recently. Still, however, the “fossil record consists mostly of tantalizing fragments.”[10] Fröbisch and Witzmann commented on the most recent attempts by announcing confidently, “Early tetrapods had an eye on the land: Fossil finds that can provide clues about how aquatic vertebrates evolved into land dwellers are elusive. But the ancient bones of a newly discovered species of tetrapod now provide some crucial missing evidence.”Specifically, the new fossil announced in Nature by Beznosov et al. contains the “lower jaw, pectoral girdle, external dermal bone pattern of the snout region,” they say, adding their interpretation: “the absence of gular plates and the relative size of the orbits are all tetrapod-like.” But then, assuming that these other parts belong to the same creature, they go on to say they are not typical of a tetrapod. Why are they intent on drawing a connection between these non-typical tetrapod parts to insist that the creature is transitional between lobe-finned fishes and tetrapods? Ockham‘s Razor (i.e., “the simplest answer is to be preferred”) would advise calling it another tetrapod variety. Variations on a theme are common in the living world. Given the degraded condition of the bone fragments, other interpretations are also possible. They do not even consider their specimen, called Parmastega, to be a transitional form:Parmastega gives us the earliest detailed glimpse of a tetrapod: an aquatic, surface-skimming predator, just over a metre in length, living in a lagoon on a tropical coastal plain. Parmastega is phylogenetically the least-crownward of all of the non-fragmentary tetrapods, but it is not necessarily representative of the primitive conditions for the group. The slightly earlier Elginerpeton—which was also probably aquatic and was even larger than Parmastega (Extended Data Fig. 4)—had well-ossified girdles and limb bones, as well as a distinctive head shape with a narrow snout. Moreover, the trackway record shows that tetrapods originated at least 20 million years before Parmastega, and the very existence of the trackways—which implies weight-bearing limbs, even if the prints were made in water—points to these forms having well-ossified postcranial skeletons. Together with the evidence for considerable morphological homoplasy among Devonian tetrapods, this hints at a tangled and still-unknown early history for limbed vertebrates.The new analysis of one example of a Devonian era tetrapod fossil collected in 1947 consists only of  both lower jaws, partial palate, premaxillae and maxillae, with a natural mold of parts of the shoulder girdle.[11] The authors describe it as “numerous isolated bones and some articulated skull regions.” But as far as can be determined from the fossil fragments found, the creature is a tetrapod, not a fish trying to evolve into a tetrapod. The fragments clearly are from tetrapods.[12] As the authors admit, all of those fragments indicate that “tetrapods had been in existence for about 30 million years.” [13] No clear evidence exists that they were marine animals evolving into tetrapods. The inference is indirect, based on evolutionary assumptions.Sign at Wyoming Dinosaur Center debunking earlier ideas about tetrapod evolution, before claiming Tiktaalik a “fish-a-pod” candidate. Photo by David Coppedge.last_img read more

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