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Are These Really Transitional Fossils?
August 24, 2018
To get to the truth, you often have to tune out the Darwin cheerleaders and just examine the data. Transitional Turtle Science reporters like to bring fossils to the imagination with colorful artwork. The artist’s conception of Eorhynchochelys, a fossil found in China, shows it looking somewhat like a sea turtle without a hard shell. […]
Scientific Discoveries Can Cast Doubt on Long-Held Beliefs
July 28, 2018
You have to look beneath the surface veneer of bluffing in science news to see how the sausage is made before it gets packaged to the press.
Elephants and Mammoths Were All One Kind
March 19, 2018
A new study of elephants, mammoths and mastodons show they were all interfertile or capable of hybridization. Our present world is impoverished of elephants, or “elephantids” as scientists dub the family. Mammoths and mastodons roamed throughout America and Asia, evidenced by the massive fossil beds, where millions of mammoth bones can be found in permafrost. […]
All Bears Are Brethren
April 24, 2017
The world-wide variations on bears could have come from one original type. It has been known that Alaskan brown bears can hybridize with polar bears. The resulting mixed breeds, sometimes called ‘pizzlies’ or ‘cappucino bears’, were thought to be rare. Now, in a surprising study from Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum, scientists have […]
Darwin's Finches: What Evolved, the Birds or the Story?
February 12, 2015
Imagine spending 40 years of your life promoting Darwinian evolution with Galapagos finches, only to find out on Darwin Day that the birds hybridize and cross-breed.