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 scores of transitional forms between prokaryotes and eukaryotes, between fish […]
“Where are the transitional forms?” — Institute for Creation Research
This week, adding to the hundreds of already known transitional forms, Brown University graduate student Morgan Turner has published his findings on the oldest known upright quadraped. The proto-reptile quadraped Bunostegos akokaensis is unique among its pareiasaur bretheren because its limbs are vertically oriented, not […]
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 in fact it has NOT been proven! The best biology […]
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. Yet, there are deadly gelatinous creatures in real life, described […]
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 which had a kind of stiff rod running down […]
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 a window screen.
I presume these are eggs. I presume […]
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 organisms – the Global Biodiversity Information Facility.
The Global Biodiversity […]
Mammologists conduct actual scientific studies of animal populations and their behaviors. They don’t just rely on anecdotal evidence, as the pro-hunting lobby does. Here’s what mammologists have observed about wolves in the United States… […]
Sarah Palin is a grandmother, and she’s still accepting beliefs from elders without critically examining them to make sure that they make sense. Palin has failed to advance beyond the reasoning abilities of a child in elementary school. […]
We’re used to thinking about the peril the world’s amphibian species are in. However, we mammals aren’t that much better off. […]
Is there a reason not to think of human beings as communities of organisms with multiple genetic lineages? […]