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Coelacanth: Making the Most of an Unevolved Fish

The coelacanth genome has been sequenced. Does it show evidence for evolution? Only to those with a good imagination.

Divorce Spats Between Lucy and Designated Replacement

Lucy was the darling of the 1980s, but with Australopithecus sediba taking center stage, her fans are not happy.

Anthropologists Abuse Students on the Job

A shocking percentage of male anthropologists sexually abuse their female students, a new report says.

Intact Protein Remnants Found in Dinosaur Eggs

A new record for soft tissue in a dinosaur fossil was reported in Nature: collagen in dinosaur eggs from the early Jurassic.

The Hunt for Selection in the Genes

One might think that 154 years after Darwin's book about it, natural selection would be empirically obvious. The journal Nature went on a search for it in DNA.

Laughing Matters

Why is it that scientists need to investigate "the evolutionary origins" of anything humans do?

Freckled Trilobites Had Great Eyes

Darlings of the Cambrian Explosion, trilobites had spotted markings and sophisticated eyes. Some have been exceptionally well preserved as fossils, down to the level of individual cells.

Scientific Findings Can Be Counterintuitive

Here are examples of recent claims in science that seem to contradict what some would consider intuitively obvious. They should be kept in mind when evaluating other scientific truisms, like evolution.

The Ediacaran Era May Be a Flawed Concept

Before humans arrived, no strata came with "Ediacaran" stamped on them. Does this human-invented name have any real meaning? Does it tell time?

Evolution Is Not Just Change or Similarity

Many scientific findings get labeled with "evolution" even though neo-Darwinism has nothing to do with them.

Paleofantasy Runs Amok

Early-man researchers continue to weave fantastical tales on flimsy evidence.

Arctic Camel Found

Fossils from a large species of camel living in Canada's high arctic contain soft tissue.

This "Evolution" Is Not Darwinian

Some things in nature get attributed to Darwinian evolution, but might be better seen as manifestations of design or other alternative, non-Darwinian mechanisms.

Intact Biomolecules Claimed to Be 350 Million Years Old

The oldest recovered biomolecules have been found in crinoid fossils – but are they really that old?

California Whale Fossils: Transitional Forms?

Several fossil whale parts found in a southern California canyon are being called transitional forms in whale evolution.
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