Evolution

15 Credibility Street #31: Put some feathers on those dinosaurs

First, we have an update on two previous stories then we have a bit of a theme going regarding new fossil finds and the distinction between dinosaurs and birds and report on thylacine DNA and the Pope’s personification of Satan ideas. Brett Talley nomination is withdrawn ABC on the white matter brain change in Cuban…

Whoa, Canada – Don’t go all ‘murica on us

Our regular commentator Terry writes: Up here in Ontario we are having a debate in our provincial legislature about revised sex education standards. It turned ugly, with a couple conservative members dabbling in homophobic innuendo and anti-evolution remarks. The new sex ed standards would have riled conservative regardless, owing to their distrust of government handling…

Ham shoots back at critics with Ark park advertising (UPDATE: Shot down)

There is a major update today. Kentucky has withdrawn tax incentives for the Ark Park. This ship is sunk. HUZZAH! Kentucky: No tax breaks for Noah’s Ark project. Tourism Secretary Bob Stewart says the planned project had evolved from a tourism attraction into an outreach for the Christian ministry that is building it. Stewart wrote…

Creationist views not welcome at California State U

An open young earth creationist claims he was fired for religious discrimination after he got legitimate work publishing in a journal. Or, his very anti-science ideas were simply not appropriate for promotion within an academic institution. University sued after firing creationist fossil hunter. In May 2012, Mark Armitage made a discovery that he had dreamed of…

Pope says evolution and Big Bang are A-OK routes when God still drives the bus

Pope Frank breaks with former Pope Benny in embracing scientific concepts of the origin of the universe and the process of evolution as being not inconsistent with faith. Meh. Nothing new. Catholicism is in desperate need to look relevant in the modern world and to distance themselves from clearly wrong and ridiculous ideas about how…

Discovered four-winged dinosaur was largest flier of its type at more than quadruple usual weight

This is rather exciting news for feathered dinosaur fans (who could probably use a win lately). A new species of feathered dinosaur has been discovered, and it is the largest four-winged flier yet known. Changyuraptor, Large Species of Flying Dinosaur, Is Discovered (New York Times): The new species, Changyuraptor, found in northeastern China, was four feet…

Steven Spielberg, dino hunter

Wait, WAAAAAAT? A Whole Bunch Of People On Facebook Thought Steven Spielberg Killed A Real Dinosaur. Internet humourist Jay Branscomb posted it on Facebook with the caption: “Disgraceful photo of recreational hunter happily posing next to a triceratops he just slaughtered. Please share so the world can name and shame this despicable man.” Steven Spielberg…

Another anti-evolution museum opens tomorrow in the U.S.

Really? Because one Creation-based museum losing money is not enough? There must be two insults to science and financial boondoggles? I guess so. Reason does not prevail. The Northwest “Science” museum opens tomorrow in Idaho. Creation Museum | Northwest Science Museum. Their vision is to present a “Natural History” museum from a Biblical point of view. Therefore,…

Now I’m getting suspicious… Another case of COSMOS interruptus

There was this story about a glitch in the Cosmos broadcast earlier this week. I figured, hey, mistakes happen. Never assume malice when incompetence is more likely. Well… do they happen with other programs? (Yes) The news media and forums are pointing out the Cosmos effect seems to be disproportionate and occurs in distinct cultural…

Hallmarks of a dwindling population

The last of the mammoth population may have experienced high rates of birth defects due to the dwindling numbers and inbreeding, along with prenatal stress. Last Woolly Mammoths May Have Suffered Birth Defects | LiveScience. Fossils of mammoths found near the North Sea and dating to the late Pleistocene, about 12,000 years ago, frequently sported…

When your name turns up as author of an anti-evolution paper: RETRACTION!

Never underestimate the audacity of anti-evolutionists. Entomologist surprised to find name on now-retracted paper alleging fossils oppose Darwin’s theory of evolution | Retraction Watch. The Journal of Biology and Life Science, published by the Macrothink Institute, has retracted a paper that claimed “fossil does not provides [sic] the convincing and direct evidences for evolution,” for…

Indiana lawmakers pull the “academic freedom” trope

What the hell are they doing? Ball State University president, Jo Ann Gora’s decision to scrap a science class,”Boundaries of Science” class taught by Eric Hedin, an assistant professor of physics, was her response to complaints that the class was promoting intelligent design, as opposed to evolution. Obviously, that is NOT a scientific take on nature.…

In Missouri, Brattin proposes parental consent to learn biology

I’m not joking when I ask, is he brain-dead? How would he think this would get him nothing but scorn and threats of lawsuits? Oh wait, he’s blinded by faith. Unprecedented Attack On Evolution ‘Indoctrination’ Mounted In Missouri. A Missouri lawmaker has proposed what ranks among the most anti-evolution legislation in recent years, which would…

Foerster, Pye and Ketchum collaborate: Paracas elongated skull exposed! (UPDATE)

NEW (09-Feb-2014): Brien Foerster has contacted me saying that Melba Ketchum is not the geneticist behind the released results. See more details in the update below. On the south coast of Peru in 1928, Peruvian archaeologist, Julio Tello, discovered a collection of remains of individuals with unusually elongated skulls. Cranial deformation is a widely known practice…

Texas Board of Education passes improved rules for textbook review

A very positive step! Laredo Morning Times – Texas board approves textbook review rule changes. The Texas Board of Education imposed tighter rules Friday on the citizen review panels that scrutinize proposed textbooks, potentially softening fights over evolution, religion’s role in U.S. history and other ideological matters that have long seeped into what students learn…