December 19

Fossil Food Finds Change Evolutionary Stories

first_img(Visited 632 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Four fossils give indications of what extinct animals ate. The results challenge what evolutionists thought about their complexity.Eocene Salamander Ate FrogsA fossil discovered in the 1870s got a closer look with new technology, reports Science Daily. Researchers in France used synchrotron imaging to reveal inner details of the salamander Phosphotriton sigei, which the article says is related to the living fire salamander. The fossil is dated at 40 to 35 million Darwin Years. The exceptional preservation of the internal organs and stomach contents surprised researchers.The quality of preservation is such that looking at the tomograms (equivalent of radiograms) feels like going through an animal in the flesh. At least six kinds of organs are preserved in almost perfect condition, in addition to the skin and skeleton: muscles, lung, spinal cord, digestive tract, nerves, and glands.But the most incredible is the preservation of frog bones within the stomach of the salamander. Salamanders almost never eat frogs or other salamanders, though they are known to be quite opportunistic. Was it a last resort meal or a customary choice for this species? This, unfortunately, will probably never be known.The article calls the fossil a ‘mummy’ in quotes, leaving some doubt about the extent of mineralization in the specimen.Jurassic Ichthyosaur Ate SquidContrary to the belief that ichthyosaurs (marine reptiles) ate fish, a juvenile ichthyosaur found in a UK museum ate squid. Remains of hook-like structures from the arms of squid were clearly identifiable in the stomach of an “exceptional” specimen of Ichthyosaurus communis, says the BBC News. Practically complete, the fossil is claimed to be 199 to 196 million Darwin Years old, Science Daily adds. Neither article explains what circumstances must have prevailed to bury a 2.3-foot-long ichthyosaur with its stomach contents intact.Early Permian Amphibian Ate ReptilesThe actual meal of an extinct amphibian called a dissorophid is not mentioned by Phys.org, except in artwork of one grasping a small reptile. Dating from the early Permian at ~287 million Darwin Years old, this specimen from Oklahoma had a surprise in its mouth: teeth.The idea of being bitten by a nearly toothless modern frog or salamander sounds laughable, but their ancient ancestors had a full array of teeth, large fangs and thousands of tiny hook-like structures called denticles on the roofs of their mouths that would snare prey, according to new research by paleontologists at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM).Denticles, though smaller than teeth, are true teeth, the article says. The find raises an evolutionary conundrum: evolution by loss.Reisz and his graduate students suggest that the next big question relates to evolutionary changes to the overall abundance of teeth: if these ancient amphibians had an astonishing number of teeth, why have most modern amphibians reduced or entirely lost their teeth?Cambrian Trilobite Ate WormsA fossil from southern China preserves the gut of a trilobite in iron-rich red. New research on 514-million-year-old trilobite fossils from this area reveals that trilobite digestion was sophisticated from early on in their evolution.Credit: Hopkins, et al. 2017/ https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0184982Another strikingly detailed fossil from China shows an animal with guts. The trilobite pictured in an article on Live Science challenges Darwinian assumptions: “Trilobite tummies were more complex than previously believed, new fossils reveal.” The photo caption adds, “trilobite digestion was sophisticated from early on in their evolution.” Stephanie Pappas writes,The fossils show that early trilobites had crops, or stomach-like pouches that were once thought to have evolved only later in the trilobite lineage. One trilobite species even boasted a crop along with more simplified digestive glands, suggesting that the evolution of the trilobite digestive system was complicated, the researchers found.One researcher, examining several of these fossils, remarked that “we should start thinking about this aspect of trilobite biology and evolution in a different way.” Would that different way include abandoning evolution? The new picture shows trilobites possessing more advanced digestive tracts than evolutionists thought. The creatures may have swum after worms rather than skimming the bottom like vacuum cleaners. “Some species may have been savvy hunters, grabbing marine worms and wrestling them into submission with their many legs,” the article says. And yet evolutionists date them to 514 million Darwin Years, at the beginning of the Cambrian.For details on why trilobites and other Cambrian animals challenge Darwinism and support intelligent design, see Darwin’s Doubt by Dr. Stephen Meyer.Do any of these fossils help evolutionists? They all show complex features thought to have evolved later. In some cases, they had more advanced features than living counterparts today. And they all show exceptional preservation, even showing what they ate. The fossils in these four cases range from 35 to 514 million Darwin Years! Don’t you see how Darwinian assumptions and mindless allegiance to long ages blinds the minds of the moyboys? These creatures were not separated by eons, but lived contemporaneously in different habitats. They perished in a world-wide flood not that long ago. That makes sense of the data. That’s why they are exceptionally well preserved, even with stomach contents visible. Some ichthyosaurs were buried in the process of giving birth. Some fish were buried while eating other fish. These burials had to happen unexpectedly, suddenly, and quickly. The Genesis view explains “living fossils” and “Lazarus taxa” that remain alive today, though separated by millions of Darwin Years (according to evolutionists). It explains soft tissue in dinosaurs. It explains complexity from the first appearance of each animal. A new film, Genesis: Paradise Lost, is coming to theaters November 13. The trailer shows scientific evidence smashing the icon of Darwin. Prepare to be deprogrammed.last_img read more

December 17

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December 15

Google Blocks Adblock Plus, Puts Revenue Before Users

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement brian s hall The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Android#app developers#Google#Mobile Ads#mobile advertising Adblock Plus, the popular free ad blocking tool for PCs and smartphones, was removed by Google from its Google Play store for Android apps. Though the app will no longer be available through Google Play, Adblock Plus has made a downloadable version of the app available directly from its website. Of course, it’s still available for PC and Mac computer users, while it has never been an option for iPhone and iPad users.“Google Crossed The Line”Still, according to Till Faida, co-founder of Adblock Plus, “Google has crossed a red line by removing the app” and “is placing business interests ahead of user interests.”“Isn’t Android an open system?” he asked. “We are not interfering with any other apps. We are providing choice. The user should be in charge of what services may access their device – not Google.”According to the Google email notice sent to Adblock Plus, Google cited a “violation” of the Developer Distribution Agreement:This is a notification that your application, Adblock Plus, with package ID org.adblockplus.android, has been removed from the Google Play Store.After a regular review we have determined that your app interferes with or accesses another service or product in an unauthorized manner. This violates the provision of your agreement with Google referred to above.The developer agreement section cited by Google precludes an app from interfering with the operation of another app or service, for example. Faida, however, stated that Adblock Plus in no way interferes with any app or service. Rather, it requires access to browser services and proxy settings to ensure it is blocking Web advertisements, per the user’s designated preferences. Faida charged that by removing the app, “Google is ultimately limiting user control over what they wish to see or access.”Adblock Plus Is Huge On Computer BrowsersAdblock Plus is widely used on computer browsers, but that didn’t deter Google from removing the app version from Google Play. Per a Adblock press release, removing Adblock Plus from Google Play is one in a series of steps that Google has recently undertaken to limit user’s ability to block ads from Android devices:Google’s rationale behind removing Adblock Plus is that it violates Section 4.4 of their Developer Distribution Agreement. But today’s action is the third in a string of actions that Google has taken against Adblock Plus: in late February Google began forcing Android users to manually configure a proxy server in order to run Adblock Plus; in December 2012 Google re-categorized Adblock Plus in the Chrome Web store and stopped showing it in search results when users specifically looked for the extension; and when Adblock Plus re-listed as an app on December 12th, Google took it down again 12 hours later. “I realize that advertising revenue is important to Google, but understand that Adblock Plus does not automatically block all ads; we simply allow users the choice whether to block ads or whitelist them.”  No Response From GoogleAccording to Faida, Google has not responded to Adblock Plus’ requests for additional information or a valid workaround beyond the original email notice.  Adblock Plus is not available on Apple’s App Store. Adblock Plus requires the ability to configure the proxy settings on the phone, which Apple does not allow. Though the service could work on a jailbroken iPhone, Faida said, “We have not invested in developing anything for iOS because we don’t want to encourage jailbreaking. We want to encourage people to use open systems instead.”Google responded to ReadWrite’s request for comment by stating, “We remove apps from Google Play that violate our policies.”Lead image courtesy of Adblock Pluscenter_img Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

September 17

Rescued white tiger undergoes surgery at Lions Tigers and Bears sanctuary

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption October 25, 2018 Jonathan Halvorson Show Caption Hide Caption Jonathan Halvorson, Rescued white tiger undergoes surgery at Lions Tigers and Bears sanctuary Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption 12345 ALPINE (KUSI) – A white tiger rescued from a breeding operation in Ohio was spayed to Thursday at Lions Tigers & Bears sanctuary in Alpine.Surgeons say the tiger, Crystal, is expected to make a full recovery over the next week.“Crystal was rescued from prison-like conditions at an Ohio breeding facility, that was shut down in 2014.” said Bobbi Brink, Founder and Director of Lions Tigers & Bears.The sanctuary plays to reunite Crystal with her former tiger companion, Hank.“Hank and Crystal are the lucky ones,” said Brink.  “They are survivors of the devastating exotic animal trade, which exploits animals for profit, subjecting them to massive animal welfare abuses, and puts all tiger populations in jeopardy.” Posted: October 25, 2018last_img read more

September 17

BIA Cares hosts annual holiday bike drive

first_img November 28, 2018 Posted: November 28, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- The Building Industry Association of San Diego is in the midst of its holiday bike drive.The members of the association, which includes many people who help plan, design and build in San Diego, started a philanthropic arm called BIA Cares more than 20 years ago.2018 marks their 23rd year of the holiday bike drive.BIA Cares will begin delivering the bikes to local charities this week. KUSI Newsroom, BIA Cares hosts annual holiday bike drivecenter_img KUSI Newsroom Updated: 9:40 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more