As a follow-up to a class discussion of the nature and validity of historical and experimental science, I came into class yesterday and posed three questions to my students: Why were T. rex’s arms so short? Does repeated head trauma on the football field cause chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)?, and Why do our fingers wrinkle when soaked in … [Read More...]
Just how long can DNA survive after the death of a cell or without cellular activity to maintain itself? I addressed this question a few months ago … [Continue reading...]
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 … [Continue reading...]
Last week I pointed out that the Bible provides no support for Ken Ham's contention that massive numbers of species have formed following their … [Continue reading...]
Last week Ken Ham promoted a biblical evolution model to explain the diversity of life on Earth. I have a book before me that provides compelling … [Continue reading...]
A story is breaking today of a significant fossil find that was made almost a year ago but kept under wraps until the significance of the find could … [Continue reading...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
The human fossil record is probably one of these least understood and talked about topics in the church. I have neither the expertise or desire to stride into the debate over … [Read More...]
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...]
When I last updated you on the excursion that the Curiosity rover has been making across the floor … [Read More...]
We live in a new golden age of fossil discoveries. It seems that every week a new and dramatic … [Read More...]
Cancers are cells that have forgotten who they are supposed to be. They become independent brats in … [Read More...]
One of the great privileges of my job is that I get to sit on the committees of graduate students. … [Read More...]
A colleague has a fossil scallop in his office that he collected while teaching a field course on … [Read More...]
Creationism and the Church
Last night in a public broadcast Ken Ham announced that enough funds have been obtained to break ground for the huge … [Read More...]
Last week I pointed out that the Bible provides no support for Ken Ham's contention that massive numbers of species have … [Read More...]
There are about 10,000 species of birds alive today. Almost 200 additional species have gone extinct since the year … [Read More...]
By now you have either seen or heard about the Answers in Genesis billboard campaign targeting atheists. In very … [Read More...]
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 … .
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 … .
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 … .
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 … .
Natural History Notes
Wisdom from the Past
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 … .
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 … .
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 … .
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 … .
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 … .