Christian Responses to the Spiritual and Physical Status of Neanderthals

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The physical and spiritual status of Neanderthals has been hotly debated since the first fossilize of bones were described from Neander Valley in Germany in 1856.   Since that time bones from more than 400 Neanderthal individuals have been recovered over a large geographical range (fig 1). Hundreds of published studies on these bones, artifacts […]

The Lost World of South American Ungulates: A YEC Ungulate Problem

Wikipedia Macrauchenia a South American fossil ungulate.

Life is incredibly diverse.  Millions of species fill the seas, land and skies of our little planet.  It seems as if there is no end to the discovery of new animals, plants and other life forms.  As a biologist who teaches a class about plant diversity, I can always count on discovering a new group of plants […]

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

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Evangelical Christianity, broadly defined, has seen a number of science and faith battles over the past 50 years.  For most of those years the debate has focused on the age of the earth and the closely – though not universally – associated debate about the extent of Noah’s Flood.  Today, the age of the Earth […]

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

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The landscape of science and faith discussions within conservative evangelical Christianity has shifted noticeably over the past 20 years.  Vigorous debates over the meaning of the day of creation in Genesis 1 were common in the 1990s, resulting in study committee reports from conservative denominations like the Presbyterian Church in America, “Report of the Creation Study Committee” […]

How Rare are Stone Age Artifacts? A Visit to a Stone Tool-Making Center at Kathu, South Africa

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Hundreds of millions and possibly billions of stone artifacts sit just under parking lots and homes in Kathu, South Africa.  Artifacts in this area were examined a few years ago in a vacant lot scheduled to be developed into a shopping plaza.  Explorations in this lot revealed a very dense collection of artifacts referred to […]

A Flock of Genomes Reveals the Toothy Ancestry of Birds

Image credit: Julie McMahon / University of Illinois

A tidal wave of genomic information came ashore this week in the form of 45 new genome sequences of birds. In a series of papers released in Science hundreds of researches combine to analyze the hundreds of billions of pieces of genetic code of representatives of all the major groups of birds.  Prior to this only […]

The Case of the Shrinking Comet and the Age of the Universe

The dumbbell shaped Comet 67P.  The Rosetta satellite is presently orbiting this comet as is passes around the Sun.  Image:  Planetary Society/ESA

Ten years after launching, the European Space Agency Rosetta spacecraft finally caught up to its target, Comet 67P.   Rosetta, now 250 million miles from Earth, will travel along with the comet while it makes its way around the Sun measuring its activity as it goes through the process of forming a tail. Already Rosetta has detected and measured streams […]

Origins of the Dead Sea, Part VII: Mt. Sodom – A Huge Pile Salt

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Rising out of the plain at the south end of the Dead Sea Valley is a billion-ton mountain of salt.  An eight-mile long, three-mile wide, 742-foot tall (above Dead Sea level) mountain protruding from the basin plain. This is Mt. Sodom. This mountain is composed almost entirely of halite also known as rock salt.    Over […]

Ancient DNA Redux: 700-Year-Old Virus Resurrected from Frozen Caribou Dung

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Under nine feet of ice, frozen for 700 years, from DNA extracted from bits of caribou dung, a viral genome has been recovered and brought back to life.   Don’t worry this isn’t a case of mad scientists resurrecting the black plague for nefarious purposes.  This is the story of some inquisitive scientists investigating past environments […]

Curiosity Rover Update: Driving into a Sedimentary Wonderland on Mars

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The Mars Curiosity Rover continues to make its way through the basin of Gale Crater on Mars.  I’ve provided periodical updates on its progress as it makes its way toward a large mountain in the center of the crater.  Recently it has driven down almost 1000 feet to arrive at nearly the lowest elevation point […]

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