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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 recapitulation of many previous … [Continue reading...]

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 geology east of the Mississippi River.  Having spent … [Continue reading...]

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 in Alaska.  These are not the first dinosaur tracks … [Continue reading...]

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 Jurassic Park (1993).  Although dinosaurs had been very … [Continue reading...]

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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 years ago, is the real deal this time.  Unlike all … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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

Juvenile Dinosaur Fossils in a Nest: Testimony to Rapid Burial but Not by a Flood

Another remarkable fossils find has been reported in the past few days. This involves 15 complete or nearly complete fossils of juvenile dinosaurs all preserved in what is … [Read More...]

Fig. 2. Excavation in a portion of The Pit of Bones in Spain.  Image from: http://www.diariouno.com.ar/mundo/Hallaron-el-ADN-mas-antiguo-del-pariente-humano--20131204-0118.html

The Pit of Bones: A Death Chamber Time Capsule

A small chamber in a deep, dark cave. Tens of thousands of bones. Animal bones and human bones. … [Read More...]

Plesiosaurus - Plesiosaurus inhabited the oceans 200 million years ago. "flying" underwater with four wing like limbs. Its sharp teeth and snapping jaws formed a deadly trap for small aquatic animals. The long necked Plesiosaurus gave its name to the plesiosaurs, a group of flesh eating marine reptiles that are extinct. Along with the dolphin like ichthyosaurs and other marine reptiles, plesiosaurs were the "sea dragons" that inhabited the seas from 200 to 65 million years ago, while the dinosaurs were dominant on land. Image Credit: Carl Buell

When Marine Reptiles Ruled the Sea: Huge Ichthyosaur Fossil Find and the Age of Reptiles

Can you imagine the world’s oceans filled with carnivorous reptiles?  Dinosaurs are the most famous … [Read More...]

Duria Antiquior - A more Ancient Dorset is a watercolour painted in 1830 by the geologist Henry De la Beche based on fossils found by Mary Anning, and was the first pictorial representation of a scene from deep time based on fossil evidence.  Image: Wikipedia

Mary Anning: Plesiosaurs, Pterosaurs and The Age Of Reptiles

What do you think of when someone mentions the Jurassic or Cretaceous ages? Most likely you will … [Read More...]

A single femur from the newly found titanosaurus. PR photo:  MEF

NH Notes: Biggest Dinosaur Ever Found But Is It The Largest Animal?

What is the largest animal to have lived on the Earth?  Most people will answer "dinosaurs" or … [Read More...]

In a flooded cave in Mexico, divers transport a skull for 3-D scanning. Between 12,000 and 13,000 years old, the skull is part of the most complete skeleton of such antiquity yet discovered in the Americas.
PHOTOGRAPH BY PAUL NICKLEN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

NH Notes: Underwater Cave Yields Fossilized Teenager From the Ice Age

During the last ice age some 12 to 13 thousands years ago a young girl found herself wandering in … [Read More...]

Creationism and the Church

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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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 years ago, is the … [Read More...]

Plesiosaurus - Plesiosaurus inhabited the oceans 200 million years ago. "flying" underwater with four wing like limbs. Its sharp teeth and snapping jaws formed a deadly trap for small aquatic animals. The long necked Plesiosaurus gave its name to the plesiosaurs, a group of flesh eating marine reptiles that are extinct. Along with the dolphin like ichthyosaurs and other marine reptiles, plesiosaurs were the "sea dragons" that inhabited the seas from 200 to 65 million years ago, while the dinosaurs were dominant on land. Image Credit: Carl Buell

When Marine Reptiles Ruled the Sea: Huge Ichthyosaur Fossil Find and the Age of Reptiles

Can you imagine the world’s oceans filled with carnivorous reptiles?  Dinosaurs are the most famous members of the age … [Read More...]

Artist conception of the Ark exhibit at the Ark Adventure.   I assume the palm trees are not planned for Kentucky.  Image from AIG Ark Aventure site.

The Ark Encounter To Proceed With Construction

Last night in a public broadcast Ken Ham announced that enough funds have been obtained to break ground for the huge … [Read More...]

The YEC biblical evolution model.  Screen capture of a slide from Ham's presentation during the Ham/Nye debate Feb 4 2013.

Testing The Creationist’s Hyper-evolution Orchard: Canines, Felines and Elephants

Last week I pointed out that the Bible provides no support for Ken Ham's contention that massive numbers of species have … [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 … .

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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