We humans are natural storytellers. For tens of thousands of years we have told and retold stories around campfires and in royal chambers and religious gatherings, in genres ranging from song to poetry, from performance to film.

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Charlie Oredigger, the Montana Tech mascot
Charlie Oredigger, the Montana Tech mascot, taking a swing at creationism.
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This week on the Fossil Friday, I take you outside of the museum...many thousands of miles away, to an actual site in the desert. Josh Rosenau here at NCSE snapped this photo when he was traveling...where? I can't tell you! What is it? That is for you to figure out!

For those who are in love with fossils, this should be an easy one, as it comes from a UNSECO World Heritage Site. Others? Perhaps a Google search can get you started.

 

 

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I’m still discussing a well-known but ill-sourced quotation from a “Dr. Etheridge, Fossilologist of the British Museum,” according to which, “Nine-tenths of the talk of evolutionists is sheer nonsense, not founded on observation and wholly unsupported by fact. This museum is full of proofs of the utter falsity of their views.” By now, I’ve established, at least to my own satisfaction, that it is a mistake to ascribe it to Robert Etheridge Jr., despite such a claim in a 1922 letter from the director of the British Museum; that it is in fact his father Robert Etheridge to whom the quotation was originally ascribed; that the original ascription appeared in the Evangelist newspaper in 1885; and that the ascription was plausibly the work of George E. Post, who was a professor at the Syrian Protestant College of Beirut as well as a pioneering botanist of the Near East.

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