Evolution

Megalodon teeth found along North Carolina beaches

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Really huge shark teeth are washing up along North Carolina beaches in large amounts since the beginning of October from Surf City to North Topsail Beach. Beach-goers found the teeth that were washed free from offshore sediments after recent coastal storms and higher than normal tides. The teeth of the extinct shark Megalodon (which means “big tooth”)…

Human evolution news: Announcement of Homo naledi

Artists rendition from Homo naledi fossils.

Exciting news of a surprising fossil collection found deep in a cave. Was this a burial site? A hiding place? Even the age is unclear. But it’s fascinating. A trove of bones hidden deep within a South African cave represents a new species of human ancestor, scientists announced Thursday in the journal eLife. Homo naledi, as they call it, appears…

It’s a fake dinosaur, please stop tweeting

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Old hoaxes never die, they just fade away and resurface a year later. Last July, there was a Facebook kerfuffle about how stupid people could be. Due to a joke tweet showing a picture of Steven Spielberg during the filming of Jurassic Park posing with a dinosaur (umm, an animatronic one) with a satirical caption, many…

What happened to the dinosaurs? They are used to indoctrinate children

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DN Reader David O’Hare passed along a tip to me yesterday to try googling: “What happened to the dinosaurs”. Here is the surprising and highly misguided result: The top result is from Answers in Genesis, Ken Ham‘s fundamentalist, anti-science, Christian group who believes that dinosaurs existed with humans and they are really a means to fool…

Dodo video was ad campaign for extinction awareness

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Here is a quick but belated update on a leftover link from back in March. Do you remember the dodo video? It was hyped on a few sites including Cryptomundo as potentially a REAL video of the extinct animal still living in Costa Rica. Well, we pretty much knew it was fake, that was easy to…

Scotsman runs total garbage about fossil “Nessie”

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This ranks up there with the worst news piece about a fossil I have ever seen. Loch Ness Monster’s ‘great granny’ is discovered – The Scotsman. NO! And it’s not just the headline that is wrong. NESSIE hunters have been searching for decades for evidence that she exists and that her relatives populated the Highlands…

Idaho to host another gigantic waste of money and space

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There is delusion and there there is delusion that costs a heck of a lot of money. One Creationist museum is too many (in Kentucky) and it shows. The museum is short on visitors and has a floundering Ark project. Now, Idaho decides that it’s more conservative than Kentucky and builds another monument to antiscience.…

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

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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)

It wasn't God that doomed the Ark Park.

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

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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…

Newly described animals do not fit into known phylum

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A new kind of animal, Dendrogramma, looks like a mushroom but does not fit into either the jellyfish or comb jelly family. It resembles fossils of some very ancient fauna. Their discovery could change the way scientists currently think organisms evolved. New Deep-Sea Animal Species Look Like Mushrooms but Defy Classification. The tiny animals, less…

Ohio lawmakers lack science education, want to be sure everyone else does too

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Once again, nonscientists are dictating how to do science. They are mistaken. And they have an agenda. Ohio lawmakers want to limit the teaching of the scientific process. The bill, currently under consideration by the Ohio Assembly, is intended to revoke a previous approval of the Common Core educational standards, which target math and literacy.…

Facepalming article suggests Darwin may fall via epigenetic findings

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One Australian reporter (so far) gets the headline and story WRONG WRONG WRONG. Darwin’s theory of evolution challenged by University of Adelaide genetic memory research, published in journal Science. Adelaide research showing that sperm and eggs appear to carry genetic memories of events well before conception, may force a rethink of the evolutionary theories of…

Steven Spielberg, dino hunter

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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.

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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,…

U.S. young-earth creation views steady but evolution acceptance growing!

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While there is little movement in percentages of conservative belief, there is much to be encouraged about in the latest Gallop poll on evolution versus Creationism. In U.S., 42% Believe Creationist View of Human Origins. More than four in 10 Americans continue to believe that God created humans in their present form 10,000 years ago,…

Cosmos series irritates those who hold anti-science ideas

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The new Cosmos reboot is generating some waves for sure. Creationists have a beef with the exclusion (even derision) of the God concept while teachers are excited to have interesting science content for their classes. Now, climate change deniers might get a little broiled over the latest episode to air. New Video: Neil deGrasse Tyson Destroys…

When talking about strange evolution, choose your words carefully!

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We mentioned this yesterday in passing in the Leftovers but posted today is a piece by Carl Zimmer that got me thinking that anti-evolutionists might take this as evidence for their position. It’s not. The genome of the sea gooseberry has been analyzed and it’s weird. Strange Findings on Comb Jellies Uproot Animal Family Tree.…