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The Diversity of Life: An Introductory Lecture

Have you even wondered what students at a public university are taught in a general education biology class about the diversity of life?  I can't … [Continue reading...]

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Amazonian Forest Islands: Accidental Products of Ancient Human Occupation

The Amazon basin isn't all a lush tropical forest.  In large portions of western Amazonian wet seasonally flooded grasslands - not trees - are the … [Continue reading...]

The new volcano (black material) is taking over the old island (green and yellow portion of the island).

Origins of a Tropical Island II: The Long Road from Lava to Colonization

Imagine a tropic island paradise with beautiful beaches and thousands of plants and birds. Chances are you are imagining an island that formed as the … [Continue reading...]

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Trillions of Stone Age Artifacts: A Young Earth Anthropology Paradox

Trillions of stone artifacts cover the surface of the African continent. The product of the manufacturing of stone tools by hunters and gathers over … [Continue reading...]

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Global Flood on Mars: Where Did the Water Go?

News of evidence that Mars was once host to a volume of water equivalent of the Arctic ocean on Earth has been hitting the newswires.  This might … [Continue reading...]

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Finding Mars on Earth: A Conversation about Martian Meteorites

Maybe you missed it last week with all the excitement of  the pictures from Curiosity and its analysis of the rocks on Mars (See my last post: Curious Geology: Stunning Images … [Read More...]

Remains of 15 baby dinosaurs in a nest. Click to enlarge this image. Image credit: Dr. Kh. Tsogtbaatar

Juvenile Dinosaurs Found Huddling in a Nest: A Local or Global Catastrophe?

We live in a new golden age of fossil discoveries.  It seems that every week a new and dramatic fossil find is revealed.  This fossil renaissance can be attributed to the opening … [Read More...]

Here is an example of an ash layer from one of the cores of Lake Suigetsu.  This ash layer is more than 1cm thick (the varves are less than 1mm each) and is composed almost almost pure volcanic glass. The purity suggests that it resulted from ash falling from the sky into this very placid lake and quickly sinking to the bottom.  This image is from the Suigetsu web page:

Lake Suigetsu and the 60,000 Year Varve Chronology

Layers of sediment underlying some lakes can be read like rings in a tree. These layers called varves (alternating layers of sediments and/or organic material) and the precise … [Read More...]

An interpretive drawing of William Buckland crawling into Kirkdale Cave where he found extinct cave hyenas and the remains of their prey. Drawn by Buckland’s friend William Conybeare.

William Buckland: Minister and Geologist Grappling with Fossil Feces, Deep Time and the Age of Reptiles

The Reverend William Buckland (1784-1856) was one of the last in a line of influential natural theologians following in the footsteps of John Ray (late 1600s) and William Paley … [Read More...]

A cross section of the ash layer found in a valley in India.  Image credit: http://www.foxnews.com/images/299448/0_22_070709_toba_deposit.jpg

The Toba Super Eruption: A Non-Flood Catastrophe – The Artifacts Say Yes!

I was intrigued by several articles that were just published this month in the journal Quaternary International .   The entire May issue is devoted to research devoted to … [Read More...]

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Origins of a Tropical Island: Instant Paradise or a Long Chaotic Process?

In November of 2013, over 600 miles south of Tokyo, a volcanic eruption formed a new island. That … [Read More...]

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Forams and Diatoms: Testing Young Earth Flood Geology Hypotheses

Diatoms with their symmetrical highly-photogenic glass houses may get most of the attention but the … [Read More...]

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Life in a Glass House: Diatoms Shatter Young Earth Flood Geology

Recently, while researching the diversity of life found in the fossil record for a seminar I will be … [Read More...]

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The Little Rover that Could: Opportunity Thinks it Can for 11 Years on Mars

Eleven years into a three-month primary mission the Opportunity rover is still making discoveries on … [Read More...]

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Christian Responses to the Spiritual and Physical Status of Neanderthals

The physical and spiritual status of Neanderthals has been hotly debated since the first fossilize … [Read More...]

Creationism and the Church

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Christian Responses to the Spiritual and Physical Status of Neanderthals

The physical and spiritual status of Neanderthals has been hotly debated since the first fossilize of bones were … [Read More...]

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The State of Creationism in the Church Today: Reflections on ETS 2014, Part II

Evangelical Christianity, broadly defined, has seen a number of science and faith battles over the past 50 years.  For … [Read More...]

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Reflections on ETS 2014, Part I: An Overview of Origins Related Talks

The landscape of science and faith discussions within conservative evangelical Christianity has shifted noticeably over … [Read More...]

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The Never Ending Debate: Ken Ham’s Obsession with Bill Nye

Do you remember the debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham back in February? Probably, but if it is becoming a hazy memory … [Read More...]

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NH Notes: Natural Trap Cave – An Ice Age Fauna Snapshot

A 15-foot-wide metal grate covers a hole in a bare rock outcrop in the high desert of the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming.  … [Read More...]

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A "young" crater on Mars.  This is a young crater about 30 feet (9 meters) in diameter. How young? The blocks of material ejected from the crater-digging impact sit on top of the sand ripples near the crater. This suggests, from the estimated age of the area's sand ripples, that the crater was formed within the past 100,000 years. The dark sand inside the crater attests to the mobility of fine sand in the recent era in this Meridiani Planum region of Mars.  Image credit NASA/JPL-Caltech

Historical Science and Perceptions of Age: Craters on Mars

Our perceptions of the age of an object are frequently based on our common experience but I have found that for many people those common experiences are of little help when it comes to examining … .

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The Prelapsarian Acacia and the Good Creation: On the Origin of Thorns

I've been thinking about acacia plants ever since I showed some pictures of them while leading a Sunday School class a few weeks back.   The point at the time was just to present some of the salient … .

Reconstruction of a 300 million year old permian forest found in China. None of the plants in this forest exist today though some fern-like trees have similarities to modern day tree ferns.

An Ancient and Alien Forest Reconstructed: A challenge for young earth creationism

Recent studies (see references below) of multiple intact fossilized forests provide a very detailed account of the presence of an seemingly alien forest that was found multiple locations across the … .

Dinosaur eggs found together in what was likely a nest.  Eggs like this have been found in clutches all around the world.

Fossil Eggs, Nests, Floods and Stressed Pregnant Dinosaurs

This is a follow-up to my previous post on the 15 juvenile dinosaur fossils found in a nest.   In that post I mentioned one of the explanations by flood geologists (ie. young earth creationists) for … .

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Apparent Age: Craters on Mars

This is the first in what will be a series of posts on the "apparent age" or "appearance of age" theory as an explanation for some of the features of the earth and cosmos. There is a long tradition … .

Wisdom from the Past

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NH Notes: The Scientific Enterprise and Paradise Gained

I’m sitting in the Boston Airport on my way to a conference at Gordon College but I have enough time for a natural history note while I wait for a colleague to arrive.  On my flight from Ohio I read … .

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Isaac Newton on the Mosaic Account of Creation

In Cotton Mather’s Biblical commentary Biblia Americana  Mather spends considerable time discussing the issues raised by science especially geology with respect to the Mosaic account of Genesis.  I … .

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Ray on the Purpose of Creation in “The Wisdom of God”

John Ray's most famous work is  The Wisdom of God which, like many books at the time, he continually revised and reissued until the time of his death and then even after his death edits he had made to … .

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Ray to Llwyd: On Formed Stones and Mammalian Fossils

This is part of a continuing a series of posts on John Ray's correspondences.  Quotes are from the publication of Ray’s letters  (Further Correspondence of John Ray)  edited by Robert W. T. Gunther … .

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Ray to Lhwyd in 1695 continued: Fossils and the Flood

The same letter of Ray's to Lhwyd in 1695 that I posted recently goes on to explain Ray's feelings about the new flood theories that were being promoted in the late 1600s and some observations on … .

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