Criminal Minds:Tracking the Evolution Unsub Using Spotty Evidence

Posted by Chris Parker | December 14, 2009 0

Did you know that all FBI agents are called “Special Agents”? I wanted to be a Special Agent back in the days of Efrem Zimbalist Jr.’s FBI, (when I was a kid), but I thought that being “Special” would mean that I was in charge of the unit.

In the last couple of months I occasionally catch a show on cable called “Criminal Minds”. This show follows profilers from the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit at Quantico, Virginia as they track “unsubs” across the U.S. This show is no Law and Order but is always better than whatever else is on. I initially kept watching the first show because unlike even Law and Order they were after unsubs rather than “perps” or suspects. (Unidentified Subject). Anyone can track a mere suspect.

One thing that bugs me about this show is how much they can deduce from the minutest clue.

“The unsub is extremely intelligent, highly educated, left handed, drives a domestic automobile and likes fast food. He is probably left handed, parts his hair on the right, and wears a van dyke beard”, one special agent might say.

Another one, stroking his chin thoughtfully might say with a sudden insight; the unsub is a woman!

The point is their deductive capabilities would put Sherlock Holmes to shame. In fact, there is only one group of people in the entire world who exceed them in deductive capability; Paleontologists!

By their own admittance, fossil evidence is “spotty”. They have therefore apparently developed the ability to weave fantastic, just so evolution stories from wispy evidence, supposition, instant coffee and a commitment to evolutionary theory. This is how they “knew” that the fossil “Ida” was “going to change everything”. (Ida is already dead-again).

When they discovered fossilized octopi allegedly 95 million years old which are identical to “modern” octopi they avowed that the unsub can tell us much about evolution.

In the following story, a paleontologist makes use of this same kind of “deduction” to conclude from one specimen that “dinosaur lineages diverged early”. This fossil has been named Tawa, presumably because cute names make this kind of story more palatable and marketable to the public. Still, even if you assumed evolution to be true, how could a scientist arrive at any conclusions based upon a single, partial fossil?

Wouldn’t there have been false starts and evolutionary lines that died out or which turned out to be dead ends?

Even Criminal Minds is careful not to draw too much from “spotty evidence”, but to be fair to the evolutionists, evidence is scarce because the theory of evolution is untrue……

Bones Show Early Divergence of Dinosaur Lineage
Thanks to , Scott S.
Published: December 10, 2009, NYT

The early evolution of dinosaurs, in the late Triassic period, is fuzzy, to say the least. Paleontologists know that the first dinosaurs appeared about 230 million years ago, but fossil evidence is so spotty that it is unclear where and when the major lineages — theropods, sauropods and ornithischians — began to diverge.

Some excellent 215-million-year-old fossils unearthed in Ghost Ranch, in northern New Mexico, are helping to clarify things. The bones, of a theropod that the discoverers have named Tawa hallae, support the idea that the lineages diverged early on in the part of the supercontinent Pangea that is now South America.

“What Tawa does is it helps signify the relationships at the base of dinosauria,” said Sterling J. Nesbitt, a University of Texas researcher and lead author of a paper in Science describing the find. Dr. Nesbitt worked on the fossils while at the American Museum of Natural History and Columbia University.

Like later theropods, Tawa walked on two legs and had sharp teeth for tearing apart its food: other animals. The most complete specimen, a juvenile, was about six feet long.

Tawa shares some features with an early South American dinosaur, Herrerasaurus, that had been a source of confusion for paleontologists. Tawa, in effect, shows that Herrerasaurus was a theropod. Because Herrerasaurus was found near some early sauropods and ornithischians, the new finding strongly suggests that all three main lineages diverged early on.

The New Mexico fossil beds included several other theropods that the scientists found were more closely related to different groups of South American theropods than to each other. That suggests theropods diverged and radiated from South America. And if theropods had that dispersal pattern, the findings suggest, the other lineages probably did, too.

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