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Creation v. Evolution Watch: Fossilized Transitional Ancestor of the Seal Discovered in Canada

A missing link between seals and land mammals. The animal is named “Puijila darwini”: The official Canadian Museum of Nature website exploring this new find is here.

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An Example of Macroevolution

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Part FISH, Part Four-Footed TETRAPOD: Professor Neil Shuban Explains the Transitional Fossil, TIKTAALIK

The predictive power of Darwin’s theory of evolution is illustrated in this brief video below: 

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No Place to Hide?: Why the Internet Foreshadows the Decline of Young Earth Creationism

Paleontologist Dan Phelps visits Ken Ham’s creationist museum in Kentucky and offers his take here. Money quote: Most homeschoolers are already teaching their children creationism, so the museum may at worst strengthen the message the kids are getting at home. … Continue reading

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“Dinosaurs and humans walked the Earth at the same time,” says Sarah Palin: The Los Angeles Times Reports on Palin’s Young Earth Creationist Beliefs

The Los Angeles Times reports that Sarah Palin is a young earth creationist. Money quote from the article: Soon after Sarah Palin was elected mayor of the foothill town of Wasilla, Alaska, she startled a local music teacher by insisting … Continue reading

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Evolution? The Fossils Say Yes: In the NY TIMES Today is an Extensive Report on Tiktaalic, a Fossil Fish/Amphibian Transition

Money quote from the Times science article: In a new study of a fossil fish that lived 375 million years ago, scientists are finding striking evidence of the intermediate steps by which some marine vertebrates evolved into animals that walked … Continue reading

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Evolution? The Fossils Say Yes: A Book Review of Donald Prothero’s “Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters” (Columbia University Press 2007)

The earth is old, and animals and plants have changed over time. If you know somebody who doubts these two well-established propositions, Donald Prothero’s Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters (Columbia University Press 2007) is the book to share … Continue reading

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Creation v. Evolution Metaphor Watch: Do We “Know” That The Earth Is Old, and That Plants and Animals Have Changed Over Time, or Do We Just Have a “Theory” About These Two Things? The Problem of Factive Verbs.

In June of 2006, when 68 national and international science academies, including the US National Academy of Sciences, put out a strongly worded statement saying, in essence, that we know that the earth is old and that plants and animals … Continue reading

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Darwin Toast? I Mean, Really, Darwin on a Piece of Toast! Or on a Wall. Multitudes Make Pilgrimage to See the Great Scientist’s Mysterious Apparition

Today from the Onion: DAYTON, TN—A steady stream of devoted evolutionists continued to gather in this small Tennessee town today to witness what many believe is an image of Charles Darwin—author of The Origin Of Species and founder of the … Continue reading

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Would Someone in the Press PLEASE Ask Sarah Palin a Simple Question: “Are You a YOUNG Earth Creationist?”

From her teen years forward, VP-pick Sarah Palin has attended church at fundamentalist denominations—most notably the Assemby of God denomination. In other words, she frequents churches that promote YOUNG earth creationism. She has also said emphatically that she believes that … Continue reading

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Evolution v. Creation Metaphor Watch: Is Evolution a Frog-to-Prince Fairytale Fit Only for Nursery Children?

Given that most people do not have advanced degrees in mathematics or the sciences, debates and discussions surrounding evolution and creationism appear in the public square in the form of competing metaphors, similes, and extended analogies. In other words, we use … Continue reading

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Were Neanderthals Just People Like You and Me?: A Recent Mitochondrial DNA Study Says NO

According to an article on the Discover magazine website, scientists have recently sequenced the mitochondrial DNA of a Neanderthal. Their finding: Neanderthals were substantially different, genetically, from modern humans, and probably rarely, if ever, interbred with us. Our two lineages seem to … Continue reading

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