Munoz, Elliott land Longdale wins

first_imgAngel Munoz was the Saturday IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature winner at Longdale Speedway. (Photo by Gary Pigg, IMAGEZx2)LONGDALE, Okla. (May 20) – Angel Munoz outlasted seventh-starting Jason Rogers to capture the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main event Saturday at Longdale Speedway.Kyle Pfeifer placed third, Travis Baird fourth and Hesston Shaw fifth.Robert Elliott garnered the IMCA SportMod feature win while Joe Adams advanced from eighth starting to second.Mike Roach raced from ninth to third. Jeffrey Kaup scored a fourth-place finish and Kaleb Roach was fifth.Both IMCA features were 35-lappers.last_img read more

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Stony Brook seeks revenge on Hartford

first_imgFEARLESS FRESHMEN: Hartford’s Malik Ellison, Moses Flowers and Miroslav Stafl have combined to score 48 percent of the team’s points this season and have accounted for 52 percent of all Hawks scoring over the last five games.FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: Traci Carter has made or assisted on 48 percent of all Hartford field goals over the last five games. Carter has accounted for 26 field goals and 30 assists in those games.ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Hawks have recently created buckets via assists more often than the Seawolves. Stony Brook has an assist on 27 of 60 field goals (45 percent) across its previous three outings while Hartford has assists on 37 of 72 field goals (51.4 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Stony Brook is ranked second among America East teams with an average of 70.6 points per game.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditHartford (15-14, 8-6) vs. Stony Brook (18-10, 9-4)Island Federal Credit Union Arena, Stony Brook, New York; Wednesday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Hartford goes for the season sweep over Stony Brook after winning the previous matchup in West Hartford. The teams last played each other on Jan. 15, when the Hawks shot 40.4 percent from the field while limiting Stony Brook’s shooters to just 36.2 percent on the way to the 68-65 victory. For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com February 25, 2020center_img Stony Brook seeks revenge on Hartford Associated Press last_img read more

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Women’s hoops falls to UCSB by 11 points

first_imgHowever, the Trojans struggled to run offense and keep possession of the ball all night, finishing with 19 turnovers, one lower than their season high mark of 20, and 9 more than UCSB’s total.  Trakh commended his team for its continuous effort despite being so shorthanded. Freshman guard Endyia Rogers posted 10 points and six rebounds with just one turnover against UCSB. ( Yannick Peterhans | Daily Trojan) The shorthanded Trojans were undefeated before the road contest in Santa Barbara, posting a 3-0 mark following a trio of comfortable wins to open up the 2019-20 campaign.  The USC women’s basketball team suffered its first loss of the season Monday, falling to UC Santa Barbara 57-46.  Trakh also added that a recent slew of injuries have forced the young Trojans into a “baptism by fire,” as they’ve been forced to adjust to the speed and intensity of the collegiate game on the fly.  Trakh attributed USC’s free throw woes to inexperience.  The Gauchos made USC pay for its turnover woes, winning the points off turnover battle by a mark of 22-5, a gap of 17 points in a game that was decided by 11. “I don’t fault the young kids at all — there’s going to be a learning curve, and they’re a talented group that’s working hard,” Trakh said. “We’ve just got to keep moving in the right direction and being very patient with them.” Injuries and mistakes killed the Trojans, who were without standout graduate transfer guard Stephanie Watts and senior forward Kayla Overbeck due to injuries. They remain without freshman guard Madison Campbell and redshirt sophomore guard Shalexxus Aaron, who have yet to make an appearance this season due to their own respective ailments.  The Trojans’ late push fell short, however, as the Gauchos pulled away in the late stages to bring the lead to double digits. The Gauchos were 1-2 heading into the matchup, coming off a tight loss to San Jose State. A strong stretch from the Trojans gave them the lead following a 5-0 personal run from Rogers, but the Gauchos answered back with an 11-0 run to jump out to a lead they did not relinquish.  “I think how we bounce back and what kind of heart and desire we play with will give me a barometer on this team,” Trakh said. “The future is bright — we just have to be patient.”  “I think that’s youth and understanding; you’ve gotta be ready to play and understanding that teams are going to come after you,” Trakh said. “I think that’s a learning experience.” The previously mentioned comeback effort nearly came to fruition as freshman guard Alyson Miura sank a clutch 3-pointer to bring USC within 2 points with four and a half minutes to play.  USC women’s basketball is back in action against star junior guard Chennedy Carter and No. 6-ranked Texas A&M Saturday at Galen Center at 5:30 p.m. Santa Barbara was also led by junior point guard Danae Miller, who filled the stat sheet with six rebounds and four assists to go along with 12 points.  The offensive struggles would continue for the Trojans, as a dismal 20-point second half ensured UCSB never had to look back. The Gauchos won the game comfortably despite a late push from head coach Mark Trakh’s unit.  Stout defense from UCSB limited the Trojans to 3 points for the final five minutes of the first half, and the Gauchos carried a 34-26 advantage into halftime.  Saturday will certainly be an early test for Trakh’s young squad, and the Trojans will be eager to make a statement against a premier opponent following their first loss of the season. The Gauchos were also spurred by a dominant performance from freshman forward/center Ila Lane, who had a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds, including five offensive rebounds. The win moves UCSB to an overall mark of 2-2 on the year. As for his expectations for Saturday’s big matchup, Trakh said he’s looking forward to seeing how his team responds to the UCSB defeat and competes against some of the top talent in the country.  The freshman duo of forward Alissa Pili and guard Endyia Rogers shouldered the offensive load. The two built upon strong starts to their Trojan careers; each posted 10 points, and they combined for 11 rebounds.  The Trojans shot just 25% from the free throw line, on 2-of-8 shooting. In the Trojans’ first three games, which were all wins, they shot over 90% from the charity stripe in two games and 78% in the other. While not the only issue in USC’s first loss, this would be troubling for the Trojans should the trend continue. last_img read more

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Hoops Tournament to Support Red Bank Youth in Honor of Martin

first_imgRUMSON – The 11th annual Hoops for Horizons 3-on-3 basketball tournament will be held at Rumson Country Day School on March 8-9 to benefit the Horizons Student Enrichment Program.Albert Martin Jr., the Red Bank Regional High School senior who died suddenly in December, will be honored during the Hoops for Horizon basketball tournament. Above, he sits on the sidelines for a moment while participating in last year’s tournament.This year the annual charity event has been named in honor of Albert E. Martin, Jr., the beloved Red Bank Regional High School Senior who died suddenly in December. A Hori­zons graduate, Albert returned each year to play in the hoops tournament working the court with his sure-handed basketball skills and easy smile.Albert spent three summers from grades 6-8 in the Horizons program. His mother, Traci Dixon, said, “Albert loved Hoops, loved Horizons and loved life.”Lore MacDonald, Horizons Rumson founder and past board president, recalled, “Albert was the kind of child every school would want in their community. He was affable and always smiling. He appealed to every person from every walk of life – just an amazing kid.”All boys and girls, grade 5 and up, are welcome to participate in the Albert E. Martin, Jr. Memorial Hoops for Horizons tournament. The competition begins at 3:30 p.m. March 8 with the fifth-grade division, followed by the high school/ adults under-29 bracket in the early evening. The event will conclude the next day with the middle school and adults 30-plus divisions. There will be prizes for winning teams, chance auctions, a bake sale and snacks for purchase with all money raised to benefit Hori­zons’ 2013 summer program and the 100-plus local students who attend.Horizons is an award-winning academic and recreational summer enrichment program whose mission is to promote the potential of children primarily from Red Bank in K-8th grade, who are living in low income circumstances. The Horizons program emphasizes math, reading, science, the arts, intramural sports and swimming, nutritious meals, as well as social growth. Horizons is committed to the development of the whole child through experiences that enhance self-esteem, foster awareness of community responsibility, build problem-solving skills and encourage a lifelong interest in learning.Paul Campanella, Rumson Country Day School athletics director and Albert E. Martin, Jr. Hoops for Horizons Tourna­ment coordinator, said, “We’re inviting everyone in the community to come out and play in Albert’s memory. He joined us every March for the past five years because Horizons was a program that made a difference in his life. He wanted to share that experience with other kids.”Horizons welcomes all friends and supporters to this fun-filled event. Additional information is available by contacting Horizons Executive Director Lori Hohenleitner at horizonsed@gmail.com. Registration and donation information also can be found at www.rcds.org/horizons.last_img read more

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Group Forms To Protect The Navesink River

first_imgBy John BurtonFAIR HAVEN – Brian Rice wants to work on improving the Navesink River and has support from neighboring communities.Rice and other like-minded individuals have re-established the Navesink River Municipalities Committee, which intends on working on issues related to the river, especially the rising level of bacteria that has been revealed in recent studies.“I think it’s something that we can’t turn our backs on,” Rice said of the river’s current condition.The committee was active in the early 2000s, involving government representatives and citizens from the communities bordering on the river. But by about 2008, “things kind of fell apart at that time,” and the committee really ceased to continue, observed Zachary Lees, ocean and coastal policy attorney for the environmental group, Clean Ocean Action.“I just think it kind of ran out of steam,” as volunteer groups can on occasion, Rice said.Cindy Burnham, a Red Bank Borough Council member, who is one of Red Bank’s designated committee members, said the original committee had a couple of members die, which contributed to the loss of momentum. On top of that, Lees pointed out, 2008 was the release of the state Department of Environmental Protection’s pollution source-tracking study, which at that time indicated an overall improvement to the water’s condition.But since that time, there have been studies from county and state agencies, as required by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA), that have shown an increase of bacteria in the river waters, including a rise in fecal contamination. That has caused the DEP to increasingly expand the area where recreational and commercial shelf fishing is prohibited.“There is a bacteria problem in the Navsink,” Lees said, resulting in “hundreds and hundreds of acres” closed to shellfish harvesting.Rice is a fourth generation Fair Haven family, with his parents still living in the family home on the river’s shore where Rice grew up. In addition to operating a financial services firm with his father, Rice is a licensed charter boat captain— “My fun job,” he acknowledged.“So, I have deep roots on the river,” he said, explaining in part his commitment to improve it.The Navesink River plays an important role for not only the area’s environmental health but its recreational and commercial viability. As such, Rice has adopted a motto, he shared: “Keep and maintain the river, leave it better than we found it for the next generation.”The newly-formed committee has had its first meeting, held last month at the Red Bank Municipal Complex, 90 Monmouth St., and will continue to meet the third Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m., with the meetings open to the public. At its first meeting in May, committee members selected Rice as its chair.The group has established its mission statement involving monitoring the river’s condition to positively impact its health and wellbeing, Rice explained.So far, Red Bank, Tinton Falls, Fair Haven and Rumson have appointed members and the committee is waiting for Middletown and Colts Neck to sign on, Rice said.Burnham said the committee in its earlier iteration was instrumental “in getting things done,” encouraging the river’s dredging to improve its health, among other steps. She hopes the work will aggressively look at the pollution and its source to correct it, Burnham added.“We’re really happy that they’re back,” Lees offered, believing it’s a good forum for environmental discussions and a means of communicating with local governing bodies. “We can get things done in a cooperative way,” working with the committee and local elected officials, Lees said.Rice said he’s committed to improving the water’s condition and the committee’s work. “I’m going to see it through,” he said.last_img read more

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Christmas Fort Hancock Style, Circa 1943

first_imgPeaceful moments between companions, small talk over grainy photos and kids spinning records in the living room were simple pleasures of the holiday season on Officer’s Row in 1943. Three-quarters of a century later, the experience was revived at the Sandy Hook site by the Army Ground Forces Association (AGFA). Welch’s wife Anne said Christmas decorations, vocal groups like the Swingtime Dolls and a visit from the big man himself, Santa Claus, were the historically accurate lures to get locals through the door and open their minds to what life on an isolated military base was like during the early 1940s. Inside the preserved residence – one of 18 historic officers homes constructed on site between 1898 and 1899 that make up Officer’s Row – the pocket doors were open to reveal family room settings alive with curious patrons flipping through albums of black-and-white photos. A younger group hovered near an illuminated Christmas tree trying to unravel the mystery of a desktop phonograph. “These interpretations of the past are meant to provoke thought and cause people to explore more on their own. We want to give people a taste of the story, which in turn causes them to go after more of it,” said Welch, a retired United States Army colonel with 30 years of military service. According to Welch, despite the holiday cheer, those stationed at Fort Hancock were still left with a sense of uncertainty about what the war would bring. After all, the garrison was a strategic stronghold used to guard New Jersey’s coastal waters from German U-boats and ensure safe passage of cargo in and out of the New York Harbor. “Warring soldiers coming together to celebrate life in a time of great darkness, that’s a miracle, and shows the power of Christmas. These types of stories resonate with people and their telling is all part of hosting events like these. It’s about bringing people together in a historical setting, piquing their interest with other historical discussions and inspiring them explore it deeper,” Uhler added.For more information about the History House at Fort Hancock visit sandyhookfoundation.com/history-house. Some of the troops simply arranged joint burials for fallen comrades or coordinated prisoner exchanges, but in other documented cases, soldiers exchanged food and souvenirs, played soccer games and even sang “Silent Night.” In a Dec. 15 interview with The Two River Times, AGFA Board of Directors member Shawn Welch said living history experiences are an effective way to bring local residents back in time. “People don’t realize how important that harbor was to World War II,” Welch said. “Sixty percent of everything we sent to Europe went through it. The Army’s job was to keep it open, and the Germans weren’t playing along. They sunk more than 5,100 of our ships in the Atlantic Ocean during the war. That’s one ship every eight hours.” In the foyer of the History House, Trinity Hall music director Andrew Bogdan said the event was a teachable moment for his students.  SANDY HOOK – A couple sat hand-in-hand on the garland-draped porch of the History House at Fort Hancock and looked out over five miles of Sandy Hook Bay separating the historic landing from the hustle and bustle of the mainland. “This is a very special time of year and you see how special it is through stories like that of the Christmas truce,” said Rev. John Uhler, an AGFA member.   “Some people are a little mixed on what military life is all about,” said Anne, who was dressed in an authentic military nurse’s uniform. “The socialization of the garrison and the acknowledgement of the holidays was a big part of it. There was a sense of family and community on the base and it’s something that needs to be recognized. It’s something we try to depict to people. Not every aspect of the military is militaristic.” During Saturday’s proceedings, Bogden sat behind an authentic World War II-era chaplain field organ, setting the stage for his choral group to perform a collection of Christmas classics, none more emotionally stirring for the vocalists than “Silent Night.” “Playing the song in this setting is very meaningful for all of us and a moment I know the girls are never going to forget,” said Bogden, who explained how in preparation for the performance he told his students the story of the Christmas truce of 1914, an unprecedented moment in the first World War when soldiers from opposing sides of the Western Front emerged from their fox holes and ventured into no man’s land on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.last_img read more

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PAPACOOLPAPACOOL RALLIES TO WIN $75,000 PASADENA STAKES AT ONE MILE ON TURF; TRUJILLO, D’AMATO TEAM FOR 1 ½ LENGTH SCORE IN FIELD OF NINE SOPHOMORES

first_img–30– ARCADIA, Calif. (March 21, 2015)–Attentive to the pace under Elvis Trujillo, Papacoolpapacool saved ground at the rail to the quarter pole, swung three-wide turning for home and overhauled pacesetter Anytime Anyplace and Soul Driver for an impressive 1 ½ length win in Saturday’s $75,000 Pasadena Stakes at Santa Anita. With a field of nine 3-year-olds contesting one mile on turf, Papacoolpapacool, who is trained by Phil D’Amato, got the distance in 1:36.55.“Elvis had him a little further back last time out and he was able to make up the ground on the rail,” said D’Amato. “I kind of wanted him closer today so he could get a jump on the closer. Elvis had him right where I wanted him, saving ground and stalking. He angled him out and he came with a big run…He’s a turf horse for now. I’m just happy I have an improving horse.”Off at 5-1, Papacoolpapacool paid $12.40, $7.00 and $5.00.Owned by Cellist Racing Group, LLC and Ali Nilforushan, Papacoolpapacool, a Kentucky-bred colt by Temple City out of the Saint Ballado mare Sainttwok, notched his second consecutive win going a mile on turf at Santa Anita and improved his overall mark to 7-3-1-1. With the winner’s share of $47,700, he increased his earnings to $145,350.“It was a perfect trip,” said Trujillo. “At the three eighths pole, I saw that Soul Driver was moving too early so I waited a little bit. Once we moved out, my horse was gone.”Breaking from the far outside with Martin Pedroza up, Anytime Anyplace showed the way until tackled by Soul Driver approaching the quarter pole, repelled his challenge a sixteenth out, but couldn’t hold the winner off late. Off at 13-1 Anytime Anyplace paid $11.00 and $7.00.Ridden by Gary Stevens, Soul Driver was last after a half mile, made an eye catching move four-wide going to the three eighths pole but could not sustain his run through the drive. The second choice in the wagering at 3-1, he paid $3.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.58, 49.17, 1:13.35 and 1:24.83.last_img read more

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AVENGE GETS REVENGE IN ULTRAFLEET STAKES AT SANTA ANITA

first_imgARCADIA, CA, MAY 1, 2015 – Traffic trouble couldn’t stop Avenge Friday as the Richard Mandella trainee rolled late to register a head victory in the $78,550 Ultrafleet Stakes at Santa Anita under Flavien Prat.A 3-year-old filly by War Front, Avenge was on the rail throughout the 6 ½ furlong hillside turf race until she tried to find room to run entering the stretch but was blocked by a wall of horses. She broke from the No. 1 post position in a field of five 3-year-old fillies but found herself in some difficulty just before approaching the dirt portion of the course.“She was in trouble just before we hit the dirt but she was in the bridle early on,” said Prat. “I didn’t have anywhere I could go though, so it was tough. After I was in the clear I was OK. I waited to take the lead until the very last moment because I knew she would lug in a little.”With the victory, Avenge posted her third consecutive hillside win and her first added money victory.Avenge, owned by Ramona Bass, LLC, paid $5.20, $4.20, and $3 across the board and covered the distance on a firm track in 1:14.07 under 121 pounds. The fractions, set by longshot Ethan’s Baby and 4-5 favorite She’s a Big Winner, were 21.68, 43.79 and 1:07.75.She’s a Big Winner battled on the lead with Ethan’s Baby throughout but drifted in towards the rail mid-stretch, causing Ethan’s Baby to take up. She’s a Big Winner ended up fifth.Longshot Moons Over Me under Drayden Van Dyke sat out of it early, went wide going into the stretch and had the lead on the far outside but was caught late by Avenge in between horses. Moons Over Me paid $24.20 and 8.60 to place at 36-1.Third choice Mio Me stalked the pace, gained the advantage midstretch and fought the top two to the wire but was third best. Mio Me returned $3.80 to show.Suva Harbor, She’s a Big Winner and Ethan’s Baby completed the order of finish.Avenge earned $46,980, increasing her career bankroll to $126,580.last_img read more

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Finn Harps denied first League win by late Coughlan penalty

first_imgRonan Coughlan’s last-minute penalty denied Finn Harps a first League win of the season tonight.Sligo Rovers 1 Finn Harps 1Sean Boyd’s first-half header had Harps in front and, seemingly, on their way to a rare win, only for them to be dashed at the death. The draw does, at least, end a losing sequence that had reached a club record tenth game on Monday, but there was no doubt that Coughlan’s goal came as a dagger to Harps’ hearts.Daniel O’Reilly was adjudged by referee Ben Connolly to have fouled Coughlan. O’Reilly was given his marching orders, via a second yellow card, and Coughlan fired the penalty beyond Harps ‘keeper Peter Burke to earn a point.Harps had led from the 42nd minute when Boyd – on loan from Shamrock Rovers – got on the end of a John Kavanagh cross to head past Mitchell Beeney.Earlier, O’Reilly headed at Beeney from a cross by Mark Russell, while Tony McNamee and Caolan McAleer had chances for the visitors. Harps belied their standing as the Premier Division’s bottom side in the first half and the goal was a deserved one for Ollie Horgan’s side.They didn’t have it all their own way and Ronan Murray fired wide for the hosts.Harps included Mark Anthony McGinley as their substitute goalkeeper tonight.Sligo thought they had levelled when Romeo Parkes had the ball in the net, but the celebrations were cut short by an offside flag.Soon after, Ballybofey man Johnny Dunleavy was thwarted by Burke and, at the other end, Beeney saved from McAleer. Burke denied Parkes and Harps looked to have done enough – but they were undone in the final moments.Sligo Rovers: Mitchell Beeney, Johnny Dunleavy, Dante Leverock, John Mahon, Lewis Banks, Sam Warde (Kris Twardek, 76), David Cawley, Niall Morahan (Daryl Fordyce, 55), Ronan Murray (Regan Donelon, 46), Ronan Coughlan, Romeo Parkes.Finn Harps: Peter Burke, John Kavanagh, Sam Todd, Niall Logue, Daniel O’Reilly, Mark Russell (Keith Cowan, 67), Mark Coyle, Raffaele Cretaro (Nathan Boyle, 71), Tony McNamee (Jacob Borg, 83), Caolan McAleer, Sean Boyd.Referee: Ben Connolly. Finn Harps denied first League win by late Coughlan penalty was last modified: April 29th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:2019 League of Ireland Premier DivisionDaniel O’Reillyfinn harpsJohn KavanaghMark Anthony McGinleyPeter BurkeSean BoydSligo Roverslast_img read more

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Improbable Fossils Defy Evolution

first_img(Visited 150 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 New fossil finds demonstrate how Darwinians adjust their story around surprises they didn’t predict.Fish“Fish fossil upends scientists’ view of jaw evolution,” shouts Nature in a piece captioned, “Specimen suggests that people and ancient fish have more in common than previously thought.” Anna Nowogrodski tries to make a fossil placoderm (an armored fish) into a transitional form, but there are problems. Evolutionists did not predict the traits in this fossil. In fact, they thought the opposite.Scientists had thought that placoderm jaws were only very distantly related to the three-part jaw found in modern bony fish and land vertebrates, including people. This was because the bones in placoderm jaws generally sit further inside the animals’ mouths than do human jawbones, and they don’t contribute to the outer structure of the face, says Per Ahlberg, a palaeontologist at Uppsala University in Sweden and a co-author of the study.But Qilinyu has bones halfway between an ancient placoderm jaw and a modern jaw. “They contribute to the face, but the bits inside the mouth look suspiciously like” placoderm jaw bones, says Ahlberg. This rewrites the previous understanding that placoderm jaws and modern jaws evolved completely independently.It’s inconsistent to say that a fossil “upends scientists’ view of jaw evolution” and then turn around and claim it “has filled in a gaping hole in how researchers thought the vertebrate jaw evolved.”BirdEarly Cretaceous birds were still evolving from dinosaurs in the common evolutionary story. They weren’t supposed to have advanced features like a two-chambered stomach and a gizzard. But now, Laura Geggel writes in Live Science, “Ancient Bird Coughed Up ‘Fishy’ Pellet 120 Million Years Ago.” Her article is accompanied by an artist conception of a very modern-looking feathered flyer that apparently ate fish. The evidence—a gizzard pellet from China embedded with fish bones—is dated by evolutionists at 150 million years old, the “oldest known” pellet yet found. Lead author Min Wang explains why this is surprising:“The digestive system of living birds are characterized by a two chambered-stomach with a muscular gizzard capable of compacting indigestible matter into a cohesive pellet, and efficient antiperistalsis,” the process of “coughing up” the pellet, Wang said. “Our discovery suggests that all these features are present in some early Cretaceous birds … [and] thus key features of modern birds’ digestive system occurred earlier than we thought.”FrogLaura Geggel also reported in Live Science an even older fossil with soft tissue present: an extinct amphibian (like a frog) dated to the Ordovician and said to be 295 million years old. Though tiny (4 cm long), the creature was “immaculately preserved” in German stone. It was found 15 years ago, but was only recently was studied in detail by Johan Gren of Lund University and colleagues.The upper half of the body of this 295-million-year-old amphibian was exceptionally well preserved, the researchers found. For instance, most of the skull and braincase are present, as are several vertebrae, one of its front limbs, part of its lower jaw and some of its soft tissues, including a blackish film within its left eye socket, Gren said….High-powered microscopes revealed a preserved layer of soft tissues outlining the amphibian’s body, and computed tomography (CT) provided the scientists with a 3D image of the fossil, Gren said.The unpublished find was announced Oct 26 at a meeting at Lund University. It’s not clear from the article if the “blackish film” and “layer of soft tissues” is original biological material, but what else could it be? If it is, the fossil adds to a growing list of soft tissue evidence that challenges long ages. Nothing biological should survive for one million years, let alone 295 million years.Whale“Exceptionally preserved delicate baleen microstructures” from a whale is described in Geology. Found in Peru, where many other whales have been uncovered en masse, this one had to be buried quickly. “A rapid formation of the concretion was fundamental for fossilization,” the authors say. The Miocene creature apparently had the same diet as modern whales. Here’s their story: “We suggest that the whale foundered in a soft sediment chemically favorable to rapid dolomite precipitation, allowing the preservation of delicate structures.” Does that happen anywhere today?For 15 years now, we have shown often how the Darwinians repair their idol. Every time something appears out of order, they say it “evolved earlier than thought.” Every time their predictions fail, they turn the new findings into props for Charlie. Every time soft tissue turns up that cannot last long, they say, “Well gollllllly, I guess soft tissue can last 295 million years.” Darwin has more rescuers than swimmers. It’s impossible to falsify Darwin, because any time he sinks, the lifeguards swarm over the corpse and breathe into his gray mouth, pumping his chest to make it seem like his heart is still beating. His defenders are worse than Soviet communists. At least those totalitarians didn’t pretend the embalmed body of Lenin was still alive.last_img read more

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