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Rudolfensis and the Red-Nosed Paleoanthropologist

Add Leakey to Homo skulls and what do you get? Headlines! — with fine print that undermines the celebration.

Dinosaur Triggers and Other Fossil Foibles

Instant dinosaurs: just add mountains. Does this and other fossil news make sense?

Palm Trees Thrived in Antarctica

Evidence for tropical trees has been found 5 km deep off the coast of Antarctica.

Birdifying Dinosaurs

Birds and dinosaurs have oval eggs and big eyes. Does this necessarily mean they evolved from a common ancestor?

Are Two Cambrian Explosions Better than One?

Something seems wrong with this picture: deep sea creatures living in the dark were preserved in ash from a land volcano.

Eats Shoots and Leaves

This is not a crime story, but a story nonetheless.

Dinosaur Feather Story Gets Hairy

Another "feathered dinosaur" story has caused a flap and flurry of news reports. But are they really feathers, and do they help evolutionary theory?

Neanderthal-Heidelberg Distinction Blurs

"Heidelberg Man" has been a modern name imposed on certain fossil humans that have been unable to speak for themselves. Now, their bones appear to overlap with Neanderthals. But don't modern humans have Neanderthal DNA? Do the distinctions make any sense?

South Korea "Creationism" Means War

Give just one side of a controversy the press, and you will get a one-sided presentation of the issues. That happened this week in the journal Nature.

Tales Rescue Evolution from Unexpected Data

Observations don't always fit what evolutionists expect. Darwin's theory always wins anyway.

Written in Ink: No Evolution

An ink sac from a fossilized Jurassic cephalopod said to be 160 million years old looks identical to those from living cuttlefish.

Coelacanth: Survival of the Dullest

A new fossil species of coelacanth was discovered in Canada. Scientists think from its tail fin shape that it was a fast swimmer–perhaps a hunter. Sadly, it was a "spectacular failure" in evolution. The luck of the evolutionary draw went to today's slow-moving, docile species.

Paradigm Shift: Impact Didn't Kill Dinosaurs

A new study casts doubt on whether asteroid impacts led to extinctions. It's based on re-interpreting geological evidence used to identify impacts. This finding, if sustained, would undermine the theory that an impact killed off the dinosaurs and a later impact led to the extinction of many large mammals. Even more significant, an overturn of the impact hypothesis would illustrate that scientists are capable of going off on wrong tangents for decades.

Cambrian Explosion: Sedimentary, My Dear Flotsam

"Then something happened." Question: are you reading a science article, or a fictional screenplay? Are you in the Science Department or the Humanities Department? Are you in the lab or the theater? Find out in today's episode of "Explain the Cambrian Explosion."

Is This Plant Really 30,000 Years Old?

A plant said to be 30,000 years old has been brought to life in Russia. A team resurrected a fruit from a rodent burrow in Siberian permafrost, getting it to grow into a whole plant that produces viable seeds. This is now the oldest age claim, by an order of magnitude, for plant material made to live again. Other scientists are startled that plant material could remain viable for so long, since cells have to repair their DNA continually. Other botany news bring different problems to evolutionary theory.
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