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An impressive wooly mammoth skeleton.

NH Notes: Fossilization Caught in the Act – A Mammoth from Texas

Does fossilization require rapid burial as the result of catastrophic global flooding?  Literalist creationists would have us believe so for they … [Continue reading...]

Dinosaur footprints on a block of rock that became dislodged from higher above.  Two of my boys are serve as size references.  Image: Joel Duff

The Age of the Reptiles: A New Dinosaur Fossil Trackway Near Moab

Moab will have yet another dinosaur attraction coming this fall.  More than 200 reptilian footprints scattered over an area less than a football field … [Continue reading...]

Grate over Death Trap Cave entrance.

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.  Beneath the grate lies a 80 … [Continue reading...]

Plants? from the Voynich manuscript from the 15th century.  The meaning of the images and text are still unknown.

Plants and the Biblical Definition of Life: What is Life – Part II

Are plants alive? Ken Ham seems to think so since he refers to “animal or plant life in outer space.”  But what does he mean by alive?  I think he has … [Continue reading...]

Is this alien life?  It may look alien to you but this is a reconstruction of life on our own planet from the Cambrian Period based on fossils found.

Ken Ham’s Aversion to ‘Life’ on Other Planets, Part I – What is Life?

Ken Ham recently proclaimed that he thought it was highly unlikely that “plant life” would be found on other planets. I wonder what he thinks the word … [Continue reading...]

The chebli9ska meteorite atmospheric explosion as caught on dashcam of truck..

The YDB Event: The Most Recent Global Catastrophe in Human History?

Remember the meteor that exploded over Russia earlier this year?  A 50 foot diameter object exploded 14 miles above the surface of the earth and created a shock wave that injured … [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...]

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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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...]

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...]

From Athanasius Kirchur 1675. Diluvii ante diminutionem aquarum status in diluvio universali - See more at: http://search.getty.edu/gateway/search?q=Kircher,%20Athanasius&cat=&rows=50&srt=d&dir=s&dsp=0&img=0&pg=1#sthash.yhfrCaIt.dpuf

A Diluvialist Response to the Buckland’s Kirkdale Cave Hyena Den

In my recent comments about Ken Ham’s view of modern creationism I stated that flood geology was … [Read More...]

On the eastern side of the road cut you can clearly see the bending of the layers of rock layers.  The vertical lines are drill marks for setting explosives.  Image: Joel Duff

NH Notes: Bent Rock on Display – The Sideling Hill Road Cut

The road cut through Sideling Hill in Maryland on I-68 is one of the best displays of roadside … [Read More...]

Figure showing 127  measured hadrosaur footprints from the Denali site in Alaska.  This figure if from Fiorillo et al. Geology 2014.

Exceptional Dinosaur Tracksite in Denali National Park Reveals Herd of Hadrosaurs

Thousands of dinosaur footprints have been found on a steep mountain slope in Denali National Park … [Read More...]

A "Young Mammouth" unearthed by Charles Willson Peale on display at the Philadelphia museum in 1821.

The Earth on Show: Encountering Lost Worlds Through Fossil Displays

Most of us remember our first life-like encounter with dinosaurs sitting in a theater watching … [Read More...]

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Ken Ham’s Ark Adventure to Usher in a Modern Day Reformation?

Ken Ham would have us believe that the modern creationist movement, which apparently began only 53 … [Read More...]

Creationism and the Church

Grate over Death Trap Cave entrance.

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...]

Plants? from the Voynich manuscript from the 15th century.  The meaning of the images and text are still unknown.

Plants and the Biblical Definition of Life: What is Life – Part II

Are plants alive? Ken Ham seems to think so since he refers to “animal or plant life in outer space.”  But what does he … [Read More...]

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NH Notes: Creationist Influence on Biblical Study Tools

Is a "kind" defined by a common gene pool?  Is a "behemoth" a reference to a dinosaur?  You might think so based on a … [Read More...]

Is this alien life?  It may look alien to you but this is a reconstruction of life on our own planet from the Cambrian Period based on fossils found.

Ken Ham’s Aversion to ‘Life’ on Other Planets, Part I – What is Life?

Ken Ham recently proclaimed that he thought it was highly unlikely that “plant life” would be found on other planets. I … [Read More...]

From Athanasius Kirchur 1675. Diluvii ante diminutionem aquarum status in diluvio universali - See more at: http://search.getty.edu/gateway/search?q=Kircher,%20Athanasius&cat=&rows=50&srt=d&dir=s&dsp=0&img=0&pg=1#sthash.yhfrCaIt.dpuf

A Diluvialist Response to the Buckland’s Kirkdale Cave Hyena Den

In my recent comments about Ken Ham’s view of modern creationism I stated that flood geology was nothing more than a … [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 … .

ants and beltian boides on acacia

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 … .

Hubble telescope image of the Sombrero Galaxy

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 … .

Nodule containing fern fossil (click for larger image)

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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