Fossil Bird Uncovered with Unlaid Egg Inside

Artwork of fossil Bird with Egg

Unequivocally reporting on a true bird

by Ken Ham

After examining a fossil left in a box in storage for ten years, scientists made a surprising discovery—this fossilized bird, found in lower Cretaceous sediment, was preserved with her unlaid egg still inside her. There was also evidence of medullary bone, “a calcium-bearing tissue that aids in eggshell formation.” This is strong support for the idea that so-called ancient birds (this one dated at a supposed 110 million years) created and laid eggs in a similar fashion to today’s birds.

The scientific paper on this find, published in Nature Communications, is unequivocally reporting on a true bird. The researchers know it’s a bird, and all the popular summaries of the research mention that it’s a bird. Yet the scientific paper refers to an evolutionary link that dinosaurs allegedly have with birds, from the beginning of the paper right through to the end, with phrases such as…

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image credit: Original artwork based on fossil photo by Barbara Marrs and bird illustration by Michael Rothman