Quiz time! What’s wrong with this paragraph?
Sometimes life takes a creative leap that’s almost miraculous. Nobody knows how this happens, and it can never be predicted. You’d never know, looking at a reptile’s round, hard, shiny scales, that they could genetically morph into feathers. Paleontologists know that they did, however, and finding the very first dinosaur that sprouted feathers is one of the great discoveries waiting to happen.
I think we all know what’s a bit off here: whoever wrote this seems to have completely missed out on what has become almost a commonplace observation: lots of dinosaurs were feathered, and we’ve got plenty of fossils with feather impressions. Recently, I mentioned the spectacularly weird Epidexipteryx, and if you want more, look at this article about Juravenator starki. Juravenator was not feathered — and that’s what made it unusual, that it was a lineage nested among many other species that were known to be feathered. Look at all the feathered coelurosaurs in this chart!
It’s Deepak Chopra. He’s trying to make a metaphor, that the Obama administration will be an evolutionary breakthrough, but all he manages to do is sound like an uninformed dweeb.