Coelacanth: Making the Most of an Unevolved Fish
April 18, 2013
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
April 15, 2013
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
April 13, 2013
A shocking percentage of male anthropologists sexually abuse their female students, a new report says.
Intact Protein Remnants Found in Dinosaur Eggs
April 10, 2013
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
April 9, 2013
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.
April 8, 2013
Why is it that scientists need to investigate "the evolutionary origins" of anything humans do?
Freckled Trilobites Had Great Eyes
March 29, 2013
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
March 28, 2013
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
March 26, 2013
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
March 23, 2013
Many scientific findings get labeled with "evolution" even though neo-Darwinism has nothing to do with them.
Paleofantasy Runs Amok
March 13, 2013
Early-man researchers continue to weave fantastical tales on flimsy evidence.
Arctic Camel Found
March 10, 2013
Fossils from a large species of camel living in Canada's high arctic contain soft tissue.
This "Evolution" Is Not Darwinian
February 23, 2013
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
February 22, 2013
The oldest recovered biomolecules have been found in crinoid fossils – but are they really that old?
California Whale Fossils: Transitional Forms?
February 18, 2013
Several fossil whale parts found in a southern California canyon are being called transitional forms in whale evolution.