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Yet another set of Transitional Forms, this time to Turtles

Creationists, desperate to hold on to a literalist interpretation of the Christian Bible and deny the empirical reality of evolution, have been scrabbling lately to identify a diminishing set of missing “transitional forms” between different animal and plant classes, orders, and families. As scientists identify

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Evidence of Common Descent in Evolution

In a discussion on transitional forms in evolutionary biology, creationist Paul Glenn Cawley declares that there is no evidence that living organisms share common descent: “Those who adhere to the evolutionary theory act like it’s been proven that all life “descended” from common ancestors when

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Piercing The Gelatinous Mysteries

Fantasy-bewitched people of a certain age will feel their ears twitch in recognition upon hearing the phrase “Gelatinous Cube”. This creature was an invention of the game Dungeons And Dragons. It filled passageways with its jiggly mass killing the unwary. The Gelatinous Cube was fantasy.

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Humble Ancestors?

If I asked you to think of an ancient relative of a human ancestor you probably would not picture something like the vetulicolians. The vetulicolians had the basic body plan that you see here: A kind of segmented area attached to a flatter area to

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The Mystery of the Red Eggs

Autumn is near, and so, animals are beginning to prepare for the coming winter. This morning, while looking out the window, I saw something stuck on the outside pane. Looking closer, I saw two patches of tiny red dots, each smaller than the holes in

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The Mallard Of Diversity

GBIF looks like an acronym that could be scribbled on the inside cover of a schoolgirl’s notebook, representing an expression of earnest affection – some variant of BFF. In fact, it represents a more serious idea: A place to collect data from observations of living

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