Did Indians See Jurassic Beasts?
March 30, 2007
Did Indians have familiarity with Jurassic monsters, or were they good paleontologists, skilled at reconstructions? In the “Random Samples” page of news tidbits in the journal Science March 30,1 the story is told and the interpretation given: Some fossils are rare, but this one recently unearthed in eastern Oregon may be positively mythic. In life, […]
Leakey Manipulated His Apelike Skull 1470 to
March 27, 2007
The skull of an alleged human ancestor Richard Leakey made famous in 1972 was poorly reconstructed, claims a paleoanthropologist who specializes in craniofacial biology. According to Dr. Timothy Bromage of New York University, Leakey employed nonstandard principles while assembling the bones of his “Skull 1470”, giving the face a flatter, more human-like profile. Many at […]
New Dinos Found; What Do They Mean?
March 27, 2007
There is often a wide gap between the bones that are found and the stories that are told about them. As new dinosaur bones come to light, some reporters cannot resist imagining all kinds of things about their lifestyles. Here are two recent examples. As a bonus, we’ll add a non-dinosaur reptile story or two. […]
Missing Link, or Just Jawboning About Ear Evolution?
March 19, 2007
Tetrapod vertebrates (four-footed animals with backbones) comprise a dizzying array of species, both living and extinct. When is it justifiable to arrange different forms into an ancestral evolutionary sequence, especially when some members are extinct and others are still alive today? On what basis can scientists claim that a discovery demonstrates evolution? Some Chinese scientists […]
Dino Horns: Is Smaller More Evolved?
March 5, 2007
One can never tell which way the evolutionary path will take to determine fitness. Could be bigger, could be smaller. Could be faster, could be slower. Could be better camouflaged, could be flashy. Michael Ryan (Cleveland Museum) decided that shorter horns on his dinosaur constituted better fitness. CNN says his discovery, a 20-foot dinosaur in […]
Fossil Fish Meat Pushes Idea of Early Complexity
February 12, 2007
An article in National Geographic News today has a title to catch the eye (or nose) of seafood lovers: “Fossil Meat Found in 380-Million-Year-Old Fish.” Knowing how quickly fish spoils if left out, this might strike a reader as surprising. Sure enough, fossilized muscle, with “bundles of muscle cells, blood vessels, and nerve cells” clearly […]
First Euro-Stegosaur Found
February 4, 2007
A Stegosaurus fossil has been found in Portugal, reported Live Science. Previously this species with its spiked tail and prominent rows of plates on its back was only known from North America. A tooth, some leg bones and part of the backbone have been unearthed. So far, the fossil looks indistinguishable from its North American […]
Dinosaur Fight or Common Fate?
January 17, 2007
A fossil discovery by amateurs in Montana, reported by the Great Falls Tribune, shows “a meat-eater and a plant-eater – with their tails crossed like swords.” The fossils show “remarkable detail, right down to tendons and teeth.” The three amateur discoverers had been scouting on private property in Garfield County. Finding bone fragments on a […]
Fossil Non-Embryos Quench Cambrian Explosion Fuse
January 16, 2007
Alleged fossil animal embryos in Precambrian rock in China are not. Last year (06/18/2006) and before, researchers found what looked like cleaved embryos in the strata under the Cambrian “explosion” layers. Now, a paper in Nature reclassifies them as giant bacteria, not embryos.1 Some evolutionists had hoped the discovery of animal embryos would […]
Amphibious Assault Against Gradualism
January 10, 2007
A State of the Salamander Address was printed in PNAS recently.1 An international group of scientists looked for evolutionary ancestry and “Global patterns of diversification in the history of modern amphibians.” It would seem Mr. Darwin has a bit of frog in his throat: The fossil record of modern amphibians (frogs, salamanders, and caecilians) provides […]
Insects Pester Darwinian Story
December 27, 2006
It’s enough to bug any Darwinian: where did the insects come from? Here are some problems right off the bat sonar: Insects are fantastically diverse. Insects are among the most successful animals. There are no insect fossils earlier than the Devonian (evolutionary date: 410 million years ago). The earliest segmented body plans appeared in the […]
Incredible Stasis in Evolution: What Does It Mean?
December 26, 2006
Quite often in phylogenetic research, evolutionists find examples of extreme conservation of genes or traits. How they explain the lack of change is almost as interesting as the phenomenon itself. Here are two recent examples. Your cousin the shark: Surprise: you have more in common with horn sharks than bony fishes do. Craig Venter’s international […]
Life Out of Place, Life Out of Time
December 13, 2006
Evolutionists have a standard timeline based on Darwin’s “tree of life” that indicates when complex life forms should have appeared. What happens when the wrong animal shows up in the wrong place or time? The theory is never falsified; it is just accommodated to the new data, as simply as rearranging branches on a Christmas […]
Dinosaur Skin Found, Possible Soft Tissue
November 23, 2006
A mostly-complete duck-billed Edmontosaurus dinosaur has been found in Montana, reported the Discovery Channel. A patch of skin from the hip was recovered. The team from North Carolina State University and Museum of Natural Sciences was very careful. They wanted to preserve any possible soft tissue, using techniques developed by Mary Schweitzer that last year […]
Dinosaur Bone Soft Tissue Questioned, Defended
November 11, 2006
The subject of soft tissue in dinosaur bones came up at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Meeting earlier this month, reported Science.1 Mary Schweitzer was there, defending her spectacular claim that she had discovered both medullary bone (06/03/2006) and soft, pliable blood vessels and cartilage in a T. rex leg bone (03/24/2005). Doubters, however, brought […]