News is starting to leak out about what appears to be the imminent announcement of new discoveries and analyses of the perplexing bones found deep in a cave in South Africa. In addition to providing a much younger date for the fossils than expected and the revelation that there is a second chamber with additional specimens, more analyses of the … [Read More...]
Thousands of footprints preserved in a windswept eroded rock surface deep in an isolated desert region of the Arabian peninsula tell the story of an … [Continue reading...]
Animal tracks preserved in stone are found in great abundance in many parts of the geological column. You might be asking yourself, aren't the … [Continue reading...]
Billions of footprints are preserved in the rock record. While bones get all the attention, fossil footprints likely outnumber bones. How can we make … [Continue reading...]
Dinosaur tracks and eggshells are found in great abundance in the geological column. Many paleontologists have devoted their careers to finding, … [Continue reading...]
Mars once had a thicker atmosphere and liquid water on its surface. Nearly every month data from satellites and multiple ground-based systems … [Continue reading...]
Thorns, prickles, spines and needles provide an effective means of protection for plants against many herbivores which would otherwise find them to be a source of nourishment. A common perception of … .
Ken Ham would have us believe that the modern reincarnation of the young-earth creationist movement, which he claims began only 55 years ago, is the real deal this time. Unlike previous attempts over … .
Do places on Earth exist where annual records have been stored for tens of thousands of years and can be accessed today? Ice-cores and tree rings can preserve long records of yearly events but some … .
Please welcome David MacMillan* as a guest author today on Naturalis Historia.** As the strict young-earth creationists at Answers in Genesis work to complete their Ark Encounter "theme park," … .
Where no animal except a lost owl and rodent has ever found themselves, through skinny passages that I could not fit through, laying on or just under fine sediments, the partially fossilized bones of … .
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...]
Sudden catastrophic events are not unknown in Earth’s history. Large craters are evidence of past cosmic impacts. Widespread layers of volcanic ash are a testimony of massive … [Read More...]
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...]
Do places on Earth exist where annual records have been stored for tens of thousands of years and can be accessed today? Ice-cores and tree rings can preserve long records of … [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...]
Is Natural and Biological Diversity A Testament of God’s Creative Power or a Consequence of Sin? Reflections on “Is Genesis History?”
In my reflections on the recent film "Is Genesis History?" which appeared on the Biologos website … [Read More...]
Our solar system comes with planets of all sorts of sizes and compositions. Not long ago, it was … [Read More...]
Can the act of breathing in a cave cause it to grow larger? Limestone caves are usually formed by … [Read More...]
Nine hundred feet below a Mexican desert hundreds of giant white crystals, some more than 90 feet … [Read More...]
The year was 1700 B.C. Severe climate change had been engulfing the entire Earth for several years. … [Read More...]
Creationism and the Church
Many American protestants, including those in the reformed tradition, perceive Answers in Genesis (AiG) to be a … [Read More...]
Thorns, prickles, spines and needles provide an effective means of protection for plants against many herbivores which … [Read More...]
Are the existence of plant thorns and thistles proof that the world can only be a few thousand years old? Yes! … [Read More...]
Where is the next generation of creation scientists? I don't mean the next generation of believers in creation science … [Read More...]
Ken Ham would have us believe that the modern reincarnation of the young-earth creationist movement, which he claims … [Read More...]
Natural History Notes
Wisdom from the Past
John Ray, one of England's greatest 17th century natural theologians, spent much time pondering the meaning of fossils or "formed stones" as they were called then. I have shared some of his thoughts … .
Should professors at Universities be active participants in generating and testing ideas or should they be content to be teachers of what is already known? Most higher educational institutions, such … .
Modern young-earth creationism has deep roots. The essential elements of flood geology were established in the 1600s though much of what passed as flood geology at that time might be difficult to … .
The Englishman and natural historian John Ray is best known for his book, The Wisdom of God. Like many other books of the 18th century, he continually revised and reissued his book until the time of … .
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 … .