Creationists have always had a bit of a problem with the unfortunate tendency of scientists to keep finding evidence for evolution littered all over the place. Attempts to circumnavigate this problem have led them to develop (invent) their own branches of "creation science" to prove the veracity of the book of genesis. Now according to this blog by Matt Walker
a mainstream scientist has been a very naughty boy and used this creation science to prove the veracity of-well-evolution.
Philip Senter of Fayette State University has used methods from a branch of creation 'science' known as baraminology. For those of you that haven't heard a baramin equates to the 'kinds' God created in the Bible. Roughly speaking a sort of ancestral creature from whom subsequent species/branches of a particular group of animals could develop, for example a sort of ancestral feline 'kind' from whence sprang lions and tigers and cats oh my. Believe me the notion of baramins really comes into its own when you're pushed for space on your boat and theres a global flood on the way.
Senter's first paper in 2010 centred on a way of classifying baramins called Classic Multidimensional Scaling (CMDS). This mathematically maps morphological differences between fossils and is used to point to significant differences that creationists claim can only mean they were created independently and could not have evolved. Using CMDS and only CMDS Senter showed that many different 'kinds' of dinosaur were in fact transitional (the morphological gaps weren't big enough) and are in fact related. A blow either to the notion of lots of different dinosaur kinds that creationists don't wish to acknowledge could be related and hence share common ancestry or a blow to the technique for proving evolution couldn't have happened?
Senter's latest paper published in the journal of evolution utilises another of the techniques of those whacky baraminologists called Taxon Correlation. Using this method he manages to reduce the dinosaur baramin numbers down to just eight 'kinds' rather than the more generous 50 or so suggested by creationists. Whilst this does leave rather more room on the ark it does mean that those baramin then have to give rise to a ridiculously large number of subsequent distinctly different species to account for the large numbers seen in the fossil record. And whilst that degree of speciation isn't a problem when you have millions of years to play with and accept the theory of evolution, baraminology only has a few thousand years to play with between leaving the ark 4000 years ago and extinction. Senter does point to at least 13 obvious transitions between dinosaur types since 1990.
Nice try creation 'science' but not good enough. Better luck next time.