Limbed Snakes Initiate Evolutionary Quandary
May 3, 2006
Researchers have discovered the fossil of a snake with a pelvis and functioning legs in Rio Negro, Argentina. Sebastian Apesteguía (Argentine Museum of Natural Science) says Najash rionegrina is not the oldest snake discovered; marine snakes have been discovered in North America as well as Eastern Europe. However, Najash rionegrina has been considered the earliest […]
Can We Not Perform Similar Functions?
May 3, 2006
Researchers from King’s College London claim their data evidences the “Human [thyroid] gland probably evolved from gills.”1 According to speculation, gills were internalized as the thyroid gland when marine life evolved into land animals. The possibility for this comes from the similar functions of gills and of the gland: both act as calcium level controls. […]
Tiktaalik: Evolutions Newest Link in the Chain
May 3, 2006
Researchers have recently discovered a fossil on Ellesmere Island, located in the Canadian Arctic. The creature is characteristic of tetrapods, four-legged organisms, and possesses a flattened body, fins, scales, ribs, and a neck. James Owen (National Geographic News1) considers the species, Tiktaalik roseae, to be the connection between aquatic and land animals and prehistoric predecessor […]
Walking Snake Bites the Dust
April 24, 2006
It must be missing link season. MSNBC News announced a snake with rudimentary legs. While exciting for evolutionary theory, it raises questions, too. Snakes were supposed to have evolved in the water, not on land. Check out what Ken Ham said on Answers in Genesis about this latest salvo. If the snake had legs, does […]
Paper View: Cambrian Explosion Damage Control
April 23, 2006
Like some federal official holding a press conference after a disaster, a Harvard paleontologist has tackled the unenviable job of explaining what Darwin called the most severe challenge that could be levied against his theory: the fossil record. The challenge starts with a bang...
Fish-o-pod Missing Link Discovered: Media Goes Nuts
April 6, 2006
Evolutionists could hardly feel more relieved. Just when anti-evolutionary sentiment is on the rise, a new fossil has been announced that gives pro-evolutionists a missing link to run up the fishpole, and boy, did the media salute. Neil Shubin (U of Chicago) and two partners found a “tetrapod-like fish” fossil on a Canadian island. It […]
Can Delicate Fossil Embryos Survive 570 Million Years?
April 1, 2006
Scientists and English and American universities are trying to understand how to preserve biological embryos such as those found in Cambrian rock claimed to be 570 million years old, reports a press release from Indiana University. Normally, such soft tissues would disappear within a month. “It’s like trying to fossilize soap bubbles” they said. “Some […]
Go to the Ant Farm, Thou Darwinist
March 16, 2006
It’s the 50th anniversary of the Ant Farm, and inventor Milton Levine is still tickled about the impact his toy has had on millions of kids, reported AP on MSNBC. The charm of Uncle Milton’s Ant Farm was in “creating a whole world that you can see,” a world of creative and industrious ants. Moms […]
Lazarus, Come Forth: Living Fossils Rise from the Dead
March 10, 2006
An animal goes extinct. Millions of years pass. The animal is found living in some remote jungle. Scientists call this the “Lazarus effect,” after the man Jesus raised from the dead (see John 11). Others call these finds “living fossils,” long thought to be extinct but now thriving in isolated ecological niches. There are many […]
Analysis: The Dover Decision
March 10, 2006
Dr. Kevin L. Anderson of the Creation Research Society wrote an analysis of Judge Jones’ decision in the Kitzmiller v. Dover School District case. Since this appeared in a members-only newsletter, Creation Matters, we sought and obtained permission to reproduce it: Click Here. A very different view was expressed by David Johns (School […]
Lawsuit Halts ID in Philosophy Class: Will it Backfire?
January 25, 2006
Exclusive Picture this: a small community high school nestled in the mountains far north of the big city of Los Angeles. A gentle, silver-haired schoolteacher who wouldn’t hurt a fly, who coaches soccer, loves teenagers and takes her time-consuming and non-lucrative job, which she has done for many years, seriously, and is well liked by […]
Evolution of the Christmas Tree: Firs Tie Oaks in Fitness Race
December 24, 2005
In the struggle for existence, the conifers should have lost, because when angiosperms appeared, they had fancier valve jobs. That’s the feeling of a story introduced by Elizabeth Pennisi on Science Now. “Those of us who celebrate Christmas tend to take fir and spruce trees for granted around the holiday season,” she quipped, “But without […]
Archaeopteryx in the Headlines Again: New Specimen Reported
December 2, 2005
The best-preserved fossil yet of Archaeopteryx was announced in Science this week,1 the tenth in all. This one, described by Gerald Mayr of the Senckenberg Natural History Museum (Frankfurt, Germany), had a better-preserved foot than the others (all found in the Solnhofen Limestone beds of Bavaria) with indications it had a hyperextendable second toe somewhat […]
SETI: Search for Educational Targets Inc.
November 18, 2005
SETI may be the laughingstock of Congress, refused funding since William Proxmire gave it his Golden Fleece Award in the 1980s, but privately it is moving apace. The Science Channel gave it prominence in its weekly report Friday, visiting with pioneering signaler and listener Frank Drake. It surveyed everything from the first humble attempts to […]
Does Gene Expression Evolve?
November 17, 2005
“Mutation is the ultimate source of biological diversity because it generates the variation that fuels evolution,” wrote four scientists in Nature November 10.1 Conventionally, theorists have focused on gene mutations for that fuel; what about mutations to gene expression? That’s what they set out to discover. One would think that positive natural selection […]