Reflections on the Death of Toads and the Edenic Perfect Paradise

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Ecology is the branch of biology that studies the interactions of organisms with each other and their environment.  Wherever you live the animals and plants around you are living in relationship with each other and the environment, including yourself. Around your home you may have considerable control over the environment – moisture, nutrients, whacking with spinning nylon string and steel blades […]

Bones of Contention V: Dr. Wood Weighs in on the Homo naledi Mystery

Homo naledi scorecard - upadted to include Dr. Wood's assessment.

Two years ago the South African palaeoanthropologist, Dr. Lee Berger, announced that possible ancient hominin remains had been discovered in an isolated chamber deep in a South African cave system.  He assembled a group of scholars and cavers to enter the chamber and retrieve what he hoped would be a new set of ancient hominin […]

Invoking Super-Speed Evolution: The YEC Post-Flood Big Bang of Bird Speciation

Pictures of most of the living species of penguins. Young earth creationists consider these all to be members of the same "kind" and thus all of these evolved from a common ancestor.  Image credit: Wikipedia.

The diversity of birds on earth is remarkable. There are more than twice as many bird species alive today as there are mammal species.  A challenge for literal-day creationists is explaining how such diversity was either preserved during a global catastrophe not more than 4500 years ago or was formed after that event. Did Noah’s Ark hold […]

New Ad for Ark Encounter Contradicts Ken Ham’s Understanding of Biblical “Kinds”

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Answers in Genesis is about to roll out a multi-million dollar advertising campaign for the Ark Encounter.  You may have already seen many billboards, Facebook promotions and heard radio advertising for the ark but apparently these were just a preview of the real media blitz that will continue right up to the July 7th opening. As part of […]

The Grand Canyon: Magnificent Witness to Earth’s History

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The Grand Canyon is one of the most iconic geological features on Earth.  Its immensity of the canyon regularly causes those that have peered into its depths to wonder about its origins.  How could such an awe-inspiring canyon have formed? This fascination with the Grand Canyon has fueled a long a history of geological research.  As a result there is a wealth […]

A Challenge to Ken Ham: Send Your Employees to Professional Science Conferences

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How do scientists communicate with each other?  What are the latest research results? How can one learn about theories and how they are regarded by the scientific community? Where can you talk to scientists about their work?  A partial answer to all of these questions is:  scientific conferences.  It is possible to stay somewhat current […]

Is Natural Selection the Same Thing as Evolution? Assessing Dr. Purdom’s Confusing Answer

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The ministry of Ken Ham’s Answers in Genesis exists, in part, to provide Christians with responses to what they believe are anti-biblical beliefs about the age of the earth and the origin of biological diversity.  To provide these answers, AiG has assembled a small group of geologists and biologists.  These employees provide answers to questions that […]

Testing YEC Hyper-Evolution from Common Ancestors: Comparisons of mtDNA Genome Diversity in Mammals

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Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter will vividly display what many young earth creationists believe the common ancestors of today’s species of animals may have looked like as they rode out a global flood 4350 years ago.   After disembarking from the ark, young earth creationists have proposed that these common ancestors experienced a burst of adaptive radiation into new  environments […]

The Great Genetic Bottleneck that Contradicts Ken Ham’s Radical Accelerated Diversification (ie. Post-Flood Hyper-Evolution)

A possible YEC hypothesis of ruminant evolution. Notice the massive bottleneck.

How can a population of organisms reproduce and over time become several hundred species each of which has its own menagerie of characteristics? This is a fundamental evolutionary question for which many different mechanisms have been proposed as solutions over the past 200 years.  With AiG’s Ark Encounter nearing completion Ken Ham is about to put on display his […]

The Toba Super-Eruption: The Global Catastrophe that Creationists Ignore

Comparison of material emitted for a number of famous volcanic eruptions. All the ones that emitted 100 cubic kilometers or more and considered super-eruptions.    Toba has erupted more than once but the one shown is the youngest.   Image credit: USGS - http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/images/pglossary/eruptionsize.php

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 volcanic eruptions.   But when did these catastrophes occur and could they have impacted human history? Standard geological models place the largest catastrophic events many eons ago.  So long […]

An Armadillo Test Case of YEC Post-flood Dispersal Speed

A 9-banded armadillo.  I took this picture in Ft. Myers FL last year.  Image: Joel Duff

Just how quickly can animals expand their geographical range?  Yesterday I spoke incredulously about the young earth creationist’ claims that animals could depart an ark in the Middle East and make their way all the way to South America in just a few years (Glyptodonts, Armadillos and Ken Ham’s Hyper-Speciation Model).  Take the armadillos for example. […]

Glyptodonts, Armadillos and Ken Ham’s Hyper-Speciation Model

Fossil of a large glyptodont on display. By Ryan Somma - Panochthus frenzelianus, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4987310

Armadillos are curious little animals but were all of them as small as they are today?  DNA extracted from a 12,000 year old bone of an extinct glyptodont the size of a small car revealed a genetic code that clearly places this huge animal inside the group (clade) of diverse animals we collectively call armadillos. These results just published […]

When Peer Review Lets You Down Again: Another YEC Fact-Checking Problem

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Do humans have nine billion bases of DNA not found in Chimpanzees?  This is the bold claim made by head science writer for the Institute for Creation Research, Brian Thomas, in a newly released video.  There is no doubt that Brian is mistaken. After all, the human genome only has 3.2 billion bases!  How could such an error […]

Exploding Termites – Sacrifice of an Individual for the Good of the Whole Organism

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When do the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one, as Spock suggested in Star Trek II? I have no interest in defending the utilitarian philosophy of Jeremy Bentham, especially as a guide for understanding human moral psychology, but it is interesting to observe that some simple organisms display […]

2500 Year Old Human Footprints Discovered: Insight into the Formation of Fossil Footprints

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Countless numbers of footprints made by hundreds of kinds of organisms are preserved in hundreds of individual layers of the geological column.   Millions of these tracks have been identified from just the tiny fraction of the rocks that are exposed at the surface of the Earth.   But how were so many footprints preserved? In conversations with […]

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