This week on the Fossil Friday, I bring you a fossil that might be a little too easy! No, it's not a sloth, but it is a relative of an animal many of you might actually have sitting at your feet right now.

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02.27.2014

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Recall that in part 1, I began with Woodrow Wilson’s famous endorsement of evolution, which Winterton Curtis quoted in his unheard testimony in the Scopes trial. Curtis solicited Wilson’s opinion in 1922, because a former student of his, F. E. Dean, lost his job as the superintendent of schools in Fort Sumner, New Mexico, over evolution. In part 2, I related my search for further information about Dean, culminating when I received, from the William Bateson archive at Queen’s University, the front page of three issues of the Fort Sumner Leader (the local newspaper) sent by Curtis to Bateson, whom he also consulted about the Dean incident. In part 3, I quoted from the newspaper a long letter from Dean himself, in which he gave his side of the story: after protesting the Fort Sumner school board’s adoption of a policy prohibiting the teaching of evolution and soliciting the view of the attorney general of New Mexico, he was pressured to resign, and did so.

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02.26.2014

When we launched our online training sessions for science education advocates last fall, we started by surveying NCSE members about what they wanted to hear about. The most-requested topic was media training. I’m glad to say we’ll be doing a media training workshop tomorrow, February 27, at 11 a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST.

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I recently took umbrage at Richard McNider and John Christy’s claims, in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, to being like the “scientific skeptics” who “dared question” a “scientific consensus” of a flat Earth.

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