Assemblymember Holden Honors the Late Rev. George F. Regas on Assembly Floor

first_img Business News 43 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. People Assemblymember Holden Honors the Late Rev. George F. Regas on Assembly Floor STAFF REPORT Published on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 | 5:31 pm STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week More Cool Stuff Subscribe Make a commentcenter_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  HerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKim To File For Divorce From Kanye West After 6 Years Of MarriageHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Sea Salt Scrubs You Can Make YourselfHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Real Truth About The Pain Caused By MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS The Rev. George F. Regas. (Image courtesy of All Saints Church)Assemblymember Chris HoldenLed by Assemblyman Chris Holden (D-Pasadena), the California Assembly on Tuesday adjourned in memory of All Saints Rector Emeritus Rev. George F. Regas,Regas, the former rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena from 1967 to 1995, died on Jan. 3. He was 90 years old.“Like many of who knew him, I was saddened by the loss of Rev. George F. Regas, but his legacy continues with the contributions he made to social change and the inspiration he provided to all of us,” said Holden, a former Pasadena mayor and city councilmember.“His bold leadership to advance civil rights, women’s ordination, LGBTQ marriage equality, and reversing the arms race laid a foundation for his successors to build upon,” Holden said.Regas was born on Oct. 1, 1930, in Knoxville, Tennessee to Greek immigrant parents. He planned to become a medical doctor, but a spiritual epiphany led him to a life in the ministry.  He completed his theological studies in Cambridge, Massachusetts before being ordained a deacon in 1956 and a priest in 1957.Regas received the call to succeed All Saints Rector John Burt when he was 36. At the time, All Saints was starting its growing impact as the largest Episcopal congregation in the western United States.“The impact of Rev. George Regas’ deep faith to advocate for practical social action continues to be felt today,” said Holden. “Every year, my office has received packets of letters originating from All Saints’ Peace and Justice Ministry, and signed by parishioners urging support for many bills relevant to social justice causes.”Regas encouraged and helped cultivate the formation of a number of fledgling organizations which over the years grew into influential local nonprofits.The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles praised Regas for his “bold leadership [that] advanced civil rights, women’s ordination, LGBTQ marriage equality, and reversing the arms race.”During his 28 years at All Saints, Regas focused on peace and justice, while also forging a strong community of faith from a diverse population.Regas worked with his friend Archbishop Desmond Tutu to establish a South Africa ministry at All Saints Church. The focus was on two areas: an exchange program with South African clergy coming to Pasadena for rest, renewal, and mutual enrichment; and organizing delegations from All Saints to travel to South Africa. The church was also an organizing place for boycotting and disinvestment from South African products.When his successor the Rev. Ed Bacon was told about Regas’ passing, Bacon called it not only an end of an era for All Saints Church but for American Christianity, according to the church’s website.During Regas’ tenure, the church started Union Station in 1970 as a total service center for homeless citizens of the San Gabriel Valley. With an annual budget of more than $2 million, the facility accommodates 80 people and remains committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness. Union Station works closely with clients with substance abuse problems to help steer them toward appropriate healing instruments.Following the Sept. 11. 2001, terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., Regas established the interfaith group Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace (ICUJP).The group played a significant role in advocating for peace and seeking to be an alternative voice to the war on terrorism.In 1986, Regis helped establish the All Saints AIDS Service Center. It eventually became a major AIDS program in the San Gabriel Valley. The Center has now expanded from its church roots by dropping the “All Saints” preface to be more inclusive and has an annual budget of over $4 million.He also supervised the creation of Young & Healthy in 1984, a pioneering program to serve uninsured and underinsured children in Pasadena. This effort has been extremely successful and has been copied in several other cities.last_img read more

Hurling All Star Cian Lynch turns Bainisteoir for Limerick 50 Days…

first_img Previous articleNo change in Limerick’s Local Property Tax for 2021Next articleLimerick Twenty Thirty appoints Project Manager Meghann Scully Linkedin Advertisement Email Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick FIVE young Limerick hurling fanatics went to school on a high this week after enjoying a once in a lifetime opportunity to train with All Ireland winning legend Cian Lynch.Nine year old Rory McCarthy, from Cappamore was entered into Limerick City and County Council’s 50 Days of Summer competition by his mum Miriam which saw him win a VIP training session for himself and some lucky friends.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Rory, who attends Bilboa National School, brought big sister Aoife (11), little brother Eoin (5) and school friends Rebecca O’Leary (11) and Joshua Byrne (10) along to meet the All Star Patrickswell hurler at the LIT Páirc na nGael grounds at the weekend for what Rory’s mum says was ‘an unforgettable experience’.“It was a lovely prize and they all really, really valued it, they’re talking about it non-stop since!” said Miriam McCarthy. “They go to GAA Cúl Camp every year and love hurling but to get a personalised session from Cian was very special. They are very inspired since and learnt lots from Cian, some of their pals can’t quite believe that they won such a great prize!Junior Infant Eoin has just started hurling with the under 6s in Cappamore but was Cian’s right hand man on the day helping him with tips and tricks and judging frees and goals.Cian spent time with each of the five Cappamore young sports stars giving them an action packed and fun filled afternoon as well as an insight into different aspects of the game.Continued Miriam: “Cian signed sliotars at the end and even Rory’s special hurley which already features many of the signatories of the 2018 Limerick All-Ireland winning team as well as giving him one of his own training jerseys, so he’s delighted.“Cian is such a role model, we’re so lucky to have had the opportunity to meet him. He was also great particularly with the girls, listing out outstanding camogie players from Cappamore so they are totally inspired and looking forward to continuing to play.”The personalised session with Cian Lynch was one of 50 prizes offered by Limerick City and County Council for its Limerick 50 Days of Summer tourism campaign which drew to a close last month. The competition saw 50 people each win a unique Limerick experience over five weeks, with ten in total won each week.More than 84,000 entries were received for the competition with the majority of them were from outside Limerick (54.7%) with Dublin, Cork, Kerry, Clare, Galway, Tipperary and Kildare the most popular counties after Limerick. Entrants from the USA, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Netherlands, Australia, Dubai and Canada were also received.“Prizewinners for the competition were chosen at random but we were all really hoping that someone from Limerick would win the experience with Cian Lynch and we were delighted that Rory and his friends were the winners and enjoyed it so much,” said Laura Ryan, Head of Marketing and Communications, Limerick City and County Council.“Thanks to Limerick GAA and Cian for making it happen and to Rory and his family and friends for being such great sports, who knows they may end up being future All Stars for Limerick.” Facebook Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Twittercenter_img TAGScian lynchGAAKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Print WhatsApp Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live SportGaaHurlingLimerickNewsHurling All Star Cian Lynch turns Bainisteoir for Limerick 50 Days of Summer top prizeBy Meghann Scully – September 29, 2020 787 last_img read more

Ally Week looks to promote support for LGBTQ Community

first_imgIn order to promote allyship and solidarity with the LGBTQ community, the Gender Relations Center is celebrating its fourth-annual Ally Week this week by hosting a series of events intended to raise awareness for the struggles faced by members of the LGBTQ community and educate students on how to be supportive. Events include service opportunities, a Catholic Mass, a lecture and a social, which will take place Friday on Fieldhouse Mall.Notre Dame junior Kendrick Peterson, president of PrismND — a student organization dedicated to serving the LGBTQ and ally community at Notre Dame — said Ally Week looks to instruct the Notre Dame community about issues faced by LGBTQ individuals and how to combat them.“The purpose of Ally Week is to not only to foster allyship education for LGBTQ individuals, but to ultimately provide the University as a whole a general idea of what allyship looks like for marginalized communities on campus,” he said in an email.The term “ally” refers to someone who stands in solidarity with members of the LGBTQ community, Sara Agostinelli, assistant director for LGBTQ Initiatives at the Gender Relations Center, said.“An ally is somebody who utilizes their place — whether it’s a place of privilege [or] it’s a place of resources — to bring a voice for and to a community to better serve that community,” Agostinelli said. “The LGTQ community is never going to be the majority in numbers … and so it’s really through allies and building that community that you’ll create that culture change that makes Notre Dame the place we want it to be.”Senior and former Notre Dame student body vice president Corey Gayheart said the most important aspect of being an ally is simply doing one’s best to stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ community.“An ally doesn’t have to know and understand everything,” he said. “But if they’re willing to learn, and their intentions are good and they’re willing to try and understand us and love us, I think that’s an important component of being a good ally.”The week’s events include a lecture by Jamie Tworkowski, founder of “To Write Love on Her Arms,” a nonprofit organization whose mission aims to help those battling with depression, suicide and other mental health struggles. Tworkowski will speak Thursday at 7 p.m. in Montgomery Auditorium at the LaFortune Student Center. Tworkowski’s talk will center on mental health in the LGBTQ community, PrismND secretary and Holy Cross junior Jenny Gomez said.“I personally am very excited for [Tworkowski’s] talk,” Gomez said. “The mental health statistics on the LGBTQ community are things that should be spoken about. I hope that Jamie’s presence and talk on campus will encourage students on campus to have those difficult conversations. Hope is real, and helping our friends and loved ones find that is an important key to what being an ally really is.”Junior Elizabeth Boyle, Notre Dame student body president, said Ally Week is particularly important if one considers that the University has a duty to make amends for previous wounds to the LGBTQ community.“Being a Catholic school, Notre Dame already is entrenched in a legacy of an institution that has not been the most welcoming and open to the LGBTQ community,” Boyle said in an email. “It is incredibly important that Notre Dame continues to take an active role in supporting LGBTQ members of our Notre Dame community so that we can set a precedent that all are welcome here and that all are welcome in the Catholic Church.”Gayheart said at a religious university like Notre Dame, one can find the foundation for allyship within their religious and spiritual life.“At the end of the day, everyone’s religion — especially Catholicism — calls for us to recognize the dignity in every human person, and it calls us to love one another and care for one another, especially for those in marginalized communities,” he said. “So, I think our faith is actually one of our biggest strengths in this department, and I hope that our University can better use that to recognize that there is dignity in every person, and we are all created in the image and likeness of God.”A complete schedule of Ally Week events can be found at Ally Week, allyship, Gender Relations Center, LGBTQ, prism nd, To Write Love on Her Armslast_img read more

No Water Service in Fort Lauderdale for 24 Hours Due to Main Break

first_imgPeople with questions can call the City of Fort Lauderdale 24-Hour Neighbor Service Center at 954-828-8000. A 42 inch water main break in Fort Lauderdale will leave the city and neighboring municipalities without water service for at least 24 to 36 hours.City spokesman Chaz Adams said residents and businesses should be prepared to be without water service until at least Friday morning.City Commissioner Ben Sorensen said a private contractor cut into a 42-inch water line going to the Fiveash water treatment facility.City officials were forced to shut off the water supply from the wellfields in order to repair the line.“Please only use water that is absolutely necessary. Please turn off all water for landscaping. We are working to avoid any disruption in your water service, however, please prepare for 24-36 hours without water in the City of Fort Lauderdale,” wrote Sorensen on Twitter.Neighboring municipalities that receive their water from Fort Lauderdale are also affected. They are Davie, Tamarac, Oakland Park, Lauderhill-by-the-Sea and Wilton Manors.last_img read more


first_img10: It’s memorial time so I’ll go easy on ya cause I know you’re busy. The Heat will win the East. San Antonio wins the West. There, I said it! Are you Happy Now?09: Champion’s movie revue…Whether you love the comic book stuff or not, “The Avengers” is a fun ride. I give it 3 Basketballs.08: Roger Clemons won’t serve a day in prison. Take it to the bank!07: I am telling you the Pirates are right there. A power hitter and another closer and it’s a New Day.06: You heard me talk about him last week and ironically he shows up for the holiday. Marcus Tomlin, aka “Keys”…Don’t ask!…“AND ALL THE BOY’S ARE BACK IN TOWN.” Rod, Goldie, Mr. Tomlin and oh yea, Olivia was there, too. (Olivia “The Greens” were off the chart) You’re all now in “The Locker Room.” BILL NEAL 05: Did somebody say First Round NFC Draft Pick? Rod’s son, Rod Jr. is 6’6 and looking at 290. NUFF SAID. (Good luck to my new Nephew… I’m just sayin!!)04: Hat’s off to Bill, Viola and The Crew. Another first class Kumite sports festival. I was privileged to interview The Great Michael Moorer, former Heavyweight World Champion from Monessen and get inducted into the Kumite Hall of Fame (more on that later).03: First Friday…This Friday…in the Monroeville Holiday Inn across from the new UPMC Hospital, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. The Corvette Club will be in the house with their vettes. D.J. Mean Gee—Cash Bar—Cash Kitchen—Free Parking—Special surprise gift from Donna Baxter and The Soul Pitt Family—BE THERE!!02: Looking for 14 and under middle school boys teams for the Connie Hawkins League. Starts June 18 at The Penn Hills YMCA Mon. & Tues 6, 7 and 8 p.m.—Call now 412-628-4856.01: “Luv Ya” Chanel Smith aka “Ms. Pittsburgh” thanks for coming!~GAME OVER~last_img read more

Leafs hold off Hawks in New Year’s Eve Murdoch Division clash

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs scored just enough goals, blocked just enough shots and managed to get the puck out of their zone just enough times in the final period to edge the Beaver Valley Nitehawks 4-3 in the annual New Year’s Eve Kootenay International Junior Hockey League clash Wednesday at the NDCC Arena.Nelson not only halted a two-game losing skid to the defending KIJHL champs on New Year’s Eve, but also snapped Beaver Valley’s nine-game winning streak to climb to within two points of the Hawks in Murdoch Division standings.”It was huge . . . especially against BV (Beaver Valley),” said Leaf star Rayce Miller following the game.”They were on a big winning streak so it was good to shut them down right before the New Year. And it was good for us also to get a fresh start to start the New Year.”Leading 4-1 after two periods on goals by MIller, with a pair, Matt MacDonald and newcomer Michael Rand, Nelson had to sweat this win out after the Hawks crept to within a goal with two minutes remaining in the period.”We came out kind of flat,” said Miller when asked about the complete domination by the hard-charging Hawks.”But I think towards the end, everyone on the team came together to gut this one out,” Miller added. “Everyone was blocking shots and doing what it takes to win.””They’re a good team but we were just better this game.” Nelson led 1-0 after one period as MacDonald connected on the power play.Rand made it 2-0 before cut the margin to 2-1 with eight minutes left in the second period.That’s when Miller went to work, scoring twice in four minutes to give Nelson the big lead entering the final frame.However, Beaver Valley turned up the tempo on the home side, out shooting the Leafs by a wide margin and scoring twice.The second marker, a blast from the point, coming when Miller was unable to get the puck out of the Leaf defensive zone.But Nelson was able to take this one home by keeping the Hawks away from the net.The final clincher coming when MacDonald won a key faceoff in the Nelson end with six seconds remaining on the clock.Nelson is once again back on the ice for a doubleheader weekend at home, beginning Saturday against Revelstoke Grizzlies at 7 p.m.Sunday, the Leafs host 100 Mile House Wranglers beginning at 2:30 p.m..Meanwhile, Beaver Valley looks to start another winning streak when the club hosts Revelstoke Friday at 7 p.m. in Fruitvale.LEAF NOTES: The Leafs played the game without the services of captain Aaron Dunlap, who remained in Alaska. The Leaf leader is expected to be back with the team for the weekend series. . . . Also missing from the lineup were defenceman Patrick Croome, forwards Dylan Williamson, Blair Andrews and goalie Joey Karrer. The Leaf netminder was out of the lineup due to sickness. . . . Leaf head coach Dave McLellan missed both Beaver Valley games, but will rejoin the team Friday. . . . Nelson had lost the last three New Year’s Eve games — twice to Beaver Valley (3-2, 2013 — 7-5, 2012) and once to Spokane Braves (3-2, 2011).The last time Nelson won the afternoon tilt came in 2009 when Nelson double Spokane 4-2.last_img read more

SARA seems unwilling to investigate actions of this Govt

first_imgDear Editor,I read the report from another section of the media about the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) working with regional administrations to ensure that budgetary funds are properly spent and accounted for. This support role is a new turn when you consider what the SARA law is mainly focused on. The SARA law, when you read the reports from the Department of Public Information, stipulates the functions of SARA to include investigating whether State property was obtained through unlawful conduct involving a public official or any other person and the tracing and identifying of property wherever situated, suspected to be State property obtained from unlawful conduct involving a public official or any other person.But SARA isn’t talking about taking the Regional Executive Officers (REOs) to court over overpayment on contracts and that sort of action. All Guyanese have seen the unwillingness of SARA to investigate anything connected with actions of this Government; even last week’s media reports about Government Ministers selling passports and work permits and setting up front companies to benefit from taxpayers’ monies. So, if SARA isn’t going after Government Ministers, why would they go after these REOs who are acting contrary to the laws, right?Or is it because most of the REOs were appointed by the same Government that appointed the people running SARA? Aubrey Heath-Retemyer himself said SARA is not in the regions to “run things,” but is there to “point out” where there are things that are going in the wrong direction.Or it is that SARA knows that if it takes cases against these REOs, or even Government Ministers to court, it would not win the case? The SARA Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) are in positions, despite what the law says about how appointments to these positions should be made. Everyone was of the view that a new Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) would be appointed, once the Bill was passed last year. Their functioning of Aubrey Heath-Retemyer and Clive Thomas is unconstitutional and in contravention of the law.Editor, these are serious issues that raise many worries for Guyanese people. The SARA law gives much power to the people running it and since the people running it were handpicked by this APNU/AFC Government, the SARA Bill gives much power to them.Sincerely,Attiya Bakshlast_img read more

Donegal Gardai seize cigs, DVDs and fake clothing in cross-border raids

first_imgDonegal Gardai have seized a large quantity of counterfeit goods including 60,000 cigarettes, fake DVDs, clothing and other goods.The raid was part of a cross-border operation with the PSNI in Derry.Detectives from the PSNI’s Organised Crime Unit, supported by local police officers in the Derry area carried out a major search operation in the fight against paramilitary crime. In total, seven searches were carried out under the Terrorism Act.Two assault rifles and one submachine gun were seized in relation to an investigation into INLA criminality.As well as the weapons, a quantity of Class B drugs, counterfeit clothing and DVDs, approximately £13,000 in cash, phones, tablets, documentation, over 7,000 illicit cigarettes and a quantity of hand-rolling tobacco (HRT) were also seized.Two men aged 44 and 43 were also arrested and are currently in police custody assisting detectives with their enquiries. As well as the cigarettes, tobacco, DVDs and counterfeit clothing, Donegal Gardai seized a sum of money.Donegal Gardai seize cigs, DVDs and fake clothing in cross-border raids was last modified: June 14th, 2019 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)last_img read more

Warriors make a change to their TV team: Who’s in? Who’s out?

first_imgThe Warriors, who will enter next season with a drastically revamped roster, apparently believe it’s time to give their television team a fresh look, as well.The organization announced Friday that Kelenna Azubuike will be a color commentator for the games on NBC Sports Bay Area. And no, Jim Barnett is not going away. After 35 years on TV, he’s moving over to the radio coverage.Azubuike, who will work alongside play-by-play man Bob Fitzgerald, has been an analyst on Golden State’s pre- and …last_img read more

Amazing Fossils: Do They Help Darwin?

first_imgSome remarkable fossils have been found recently.  According to the reports, scientists are not sure what to make of them, even though evolutionary language is liberally applied to the interpretation.Octopus:  The earliest fossil octopus is 100% octopus.  A rare well-preserved octopus fossil, as unlikely as finding a fossilized sneeze according to Live Science, shows all the tentacles, suckers, and even the ink sac.  The specimens, found in Cretaceous rock in Lebanon, push back the evolutionary date for octopus fossils tens of millions of years to 95 million years before the present.  Even though the discoverer said “This provides important evolutionary information,” he was surprised at how similar the fossil is to living species.  “These things are 95 million years old, yet one of the fossils is almost indistinguishable from living species,” said Dirk Fuchs of the Free University in Berlin.  Primitive octopi were presumed to have fleshy fins along their bodies.  “The new fossils are so well preserved that they show, like living octopus, that they didn’t have these structures,” he said.  National Geographic shows a detailed picture of the octopus, tentacles, suckers and all.  An ID website called Intelligent Design and More analyzed the significance of this fossil for evolutionary theory.Old spider silk:  The oldest sample of spider web silk was found in amber in East Sussex, UK this month.  The BBC News said it’s 140 million years old.  Some pieces of amber from the Cretaceous beds were lying on the surface of a beach.  The article did not mention the evolution of spiders – just that this was the oldest known example of spider silk.  A professor at Oxford said, “If it is confirmed – and we think we have got good evidence for it – then it would be the oldest preserved spider’s web and the oldest fossil silk, I think, in the fossil record.”  It implies the spider spinner already had all the spinneret equipment for mixing the chemicals of this complex material and weaving her web.Anomalous Anomalocaridid from the Burgess Shale:  Another strange critter from the Cambrian-era Burgess Shale was announced in Science.1  This one, named Hurdia, is similar to the better-known predator Anomalocaris, but had a prominent carapace in front (see National Geographic for artist reconstruction).  Live Science called it a miniature monster.  Its estimated length was one meter.    Although the paper promised to elaborate on “its significance for early euarthropod evolution,” the E-word never appeared in the body of the paper.  The authors did say that “The phylogenetic analysis we conducted places Hurdia as sister to a group composed of Anomalocaris and Laggania, with these three taxa forming a clade in the stem group of the euarthropods.”  No ancestral progression was therefore shown, unless Anomalocaris was a later species that lost the carapace – but that would represent devolution, not evolution.  The authors said, “If the carapace is homologous with the euarthropod cephalic shield, this head covering may have originated before the last common ancestor of the anomalocaridids and higher euarthropods.”  That is just a speculation.  It doesn’t help evolutionary theory anyway, since it puts the origin of the carapace farther in the past without a transitional form.Dino-midget:  One of the smallest dinosaurs ever known was found in Canada.  EurekAlert said it is smaller than a housecat and likely ate insects, small mammals and other prey.  “Hesperonychus is currently the smallest dinosaur known from North America,” a member of the discovery team remarked.  “But its discovery just emphasizes how little we actually know, and it raises the possibility that there are even smaller ones out there waiting to be found.”  Nothing was said about how this species evolved.  They inferred from the fused pelvic bones that the creature was fully grown.  Live Science also reported the find.    Speaking of dinosaurs, EurekAlert also reported a collection of adolescent Sinornithomimus found in Mongolia.  The discoverers presume the individuals died getting stuck in a mud flat.  They inferred that the young represented a herd that perished together.  The skeletons showed exquisite preservation and were oriented in similar directions, suggesting they perished together over a short time.Fuzzy dinosaur:  Another “feathered dinosaur” from China was announced by Nature News, but its relation to birds seems questionable.  Integumentary filaments were found running along the back of Tianyulong confuciusi; the alleged feathers are only stiff filaments without vanes.  Live Science, nevertheless, emphasized the “feather” interpretation, but the BBC News said the fossil only hints at “fuzzy dinosaurs.”  Whatever the structures were, they were clearly not related to flight.  Were they for display?  for warmth?  Opinions vary.  The authors of the original paper in Nature did not have a clear answer.2  In addition, calling these things feathers would require evolutionary appeals to homology and convergence:The unique filaments of Tianyulong add more complexity to the issue of feather origins.  Homology of the structures in Tianyulong and theropods is far from obvious with present data, but cannot be precluded.  Although based on negative evidence, the derived position within the Theropoda for the known appearance of ‘protofeathers’ indicates that earlier theropods lacked integumentary structures, implying in turn that the common ancestor of theropods and ornithischians also lacked such structures and that their appearances in each clade were convergent.    This fossil represents the first in the Ornithischian branch of dinosaurs to sport integumentary filaments.  The BBC article emphasized the problems this makes for the dinosaur-to-bird scenario.  All the other “feathered dinosaurs” were members of Saurischia, the “lizard-hipped” branch.  One might think that finding “proto-feathers” on a bird-hipped species would excite the believers in dinosaur-to-bird evolution, but Lawrence Witmer (Ohio U) said this “really muddies the waters” of the story.  “The bad news is that something we thought was neatly wrapped up is now not so neat,” he said.  The Ornithischia were all thought to be scaly, like reptiles.  The announced date of this fossil, 150 million years before the present, also puts the filaments long before birds in the evolutionary timeline.  “We now need to rethink what the coat of the ancestral dinosaurs actually was.”  Do the filaments imply warm-bloodedness?  Are they even related to feathers at all?  “We now need to think completely differently about the evidence we already have,” Witmer said.    Witmer elaborated on the problems in a News and Views commentary in the same issue of Nature.3  The fossil shows three patches of long filaments “reminiscent of the structures thought to be the evolutionary progenitors of feathers,” he said.  “The only problem is that Tianyulong isn’t supposed to have anything like feathers.”  Again, he said, “Tianyulong is not at all closely related to birds and, as a heterodontosaurid ornithischian, is on an entirely separate branch of the dinosaur family tree.”  He doubts that these are feathers at all.  It’s not even clear what part of the skin they emerged from:Given the position of Tianyulong near the evolutionary base of ornithischian dinosaurs, the presence of epidermal, filamentous, feather-like structures could mean that the ancestral dinosaur was a fuzzy (though maybe not cuddly) animal.  Of course, that would also mean that a fuzzy coat of protofeathers was lost many times in dinosaur evolution, because lots of dinosaur groups on both great branches of the dinosaur family tree are known to have scaly, reptilian skin (Fig. 1).  But, before complicated scenarios for feather evolution are concocted, the fundamental question to be answered is whether the filaments of Tianyulong are on the outside or inside of the skin’s surface.    That seemingly simple question is surprisingly hard to answer….Even if the filaments are epidermal, and the evidence is ambiguous, it would not prove they were in the lineage of bird feathers.  The evidence from all the claimed feathered dinosaurs at this point “raises the possibility that there may be a range of filamentous epidermal structures in dinosaurs, and that not all such structures may be related evolutionarily to feathers.”  If he is right, there has been a rush to judgment to call these things feathers.  “Perhaps the only clear conclusion that can be drawn from the foregoing is that little Tianyulong has made an already confusing picture of feather origins even fuzzier.”How about a living fossil to cap off this entry?  National Geographic News posted a photo of a young tuatara found near Wellington, New Zealand.  Tuatara are considered a classic “living fossil” because of their “dinosaur-age lineage.”  The dinosaurs are all gone, but this reptile that lived among them survives today, having left no fossils in the 65 million years evolutionists believe separated them.1.  Daley, Budd, Caron, Edgecombe and Collins, “The Burgess Shale Anomalocaridid Hurdia and Its Significance for Early Euarthropod Evolution,” Science, 20 March 2009: Vol. 323. no. 5921, pp. 1597-1600, DOI: 10.1126/science.1169514.2.  Zheng, You, Zu and Dong, “An Early Cretaceous heterodontosaurid dinosaur with filamentous integumentary structures,” Nature 458, 333-336 (19 March 2009) | doi:10.1038/nature07856.3.  Lawrence M. Witmer, “Dinosaurs: Fuzzy origins for feathers,” Nature 458, 293-295 (19 March 2009) | doi:10.1038/458293a.Sudden appearance, well-adapted creatures, stasis, lack of clear lineal descent – these are not what Charles Darwin would have liked to see.  Fossils represented the biggest problem to his theory in 1859, and despite the bombast of his disciples, continue to throw up obstacles to belief in slow, gradual progression of creatures from simple to complex.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more