My visit to Heron Island revealed that evolution does not always generate elegant or even obviously efficient solutions. Instead, the island ecosystem, with its bird-killing trees and turtle-gobbling sharks, is built on what appear to be profligately inefficient exploitation of the rich resources generated by the reef.

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In “Your Neil Shubin and friendInner Monkey,” the third episode of PBS’s “Your Inner Fish,” Neil Shubin did his usual globe-trotting to meet interesting scientists and fossils while we learn about our ancestors gaining traits that humans now have—opposable thumbs, finger and toe nails, bipedalism, large brains, and bad backs.  It’s a pretty short list (mammary glands were not mentioned) but Shubin gave extensive airtime visiting two researchers on NCSE’s Advisory Council, Donald Johanson and Tim White.

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04.29.2014

“Daddy, what did YOU do in the Great War?” by Savile Lumley

How would the creationism-evolution controversy have been different if World War I had never happened? Today the question is answered by Adam Laats, Associate Professor of Education and History at Binghamton University (SUNY). He is the author of The Other School Reformers: Conservative Activism in American Education (forthcoming). He blogs about conservatism, creationism, and education at I Love You but You’re Going to Hell.

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04.28.2014

Last week on Fossil Friday, I presented you with a tooth from a sea animal. What is it? I asked. Where is it from? Many of you were quick to identify it as a shark tooth, but Dr. GS Hurd was the first to get the species right: Otodus obliquus.

From the Australian Museum:

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In last Sunday's Cosmos episode, “The Clean Room,” Neil deGrasse Tyson gave one of the most detailed and compelling explanations of how we know the age of the Earth. This predictably made some creationists grumpy.

grand canyon

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