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New research method claims to clear up the ancestry of two extinct mammal species.Charles Darwin called them perhaps the “strangest animal[s] ever discovered.” Now, using a new research method, scientists think they may have cleared up the ancestry of two extinct South American hooved mammals. These animals were the Macrauchenia (pictured above), which looked like a fat camel with a short elephantlike trunk, and the Toxodon, an animal which resembled a rhinoceros with a hippolike head. Scientists had previously thought that the animals were related to African elephants. After the new research, it is now thought they are more closely linked to horses, tapirs and rhinos. “This really is a beautiful paper that answers one of the most . . . Read All
For the Lord thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills. (Deuteronomy – 5.Mose – 8,7) And he shewed me a pure river of … Continue reading →. . . Read All
“On Our Origins” by Dan Lepley
Donofrio’s broadcast career blunders, Saint Valentine (any and all three of them), armed chaplains, Olympic curling pants, Quizzing Craig, Darwin Day, science, faith and stuff.
(1) “Does intelligent design provide a plausible account of life’s origins?” with Dr. Stephen Meyer, (2) “Why Evangelicals are reconsidering their embrace of oral contraception” with Chelsen Vicari, (3) “The Constitutionality of buffer zones around abortion clinics in McCullen v. Coakley” with Steven Aden, and (4) “Was Hitler a Darwinist?” with Dr. Richard Weikart.
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An analysis of data shows finches were not all that important to Darwin.Summary: A new technique of collecting and analyzing data called the Reference Publication Year Spectroscopy (RPYS) has for the first time been applied to the study of the origins of a popular phrase — in this case, “Darwin’s finches.” RPYS has been used in the past to pinpoint the beginnings of scientific fields and may be used in the future to explore pop culture or to debunk scientific legends.Using this technique, researchers searched a database of academic papers for the “Darwin’s finches” phrase and paid special attention to the citations for dates of previously published research. After plotting these dates year by year on a graph, . . . Read All
Dr. Stephen Meyer of the Discovery Institute “Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design” by Stephen Meyer
Scientists study the differences between how chimpanzees and how humans throw a ball.Summary: Aroldis Chapman, a pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds baseball team, can throw a baseball at 100-miles-an-hour, an accomplishment for which he can thank a change in anatomy that happened “2 million years ago.” Using motion capture to study the movements of the arms of baseball players, researchers believe they have determined how humans are able to throw so fast and accurately. The scientists say they have found the origin of the anatomical changes in modern humans which they trace back to Homo erectus.Neil Roach of George Washington U. and his colleagues constructed 3D imaging of the legs, hips, torso, elbow and shoulder of 20 Harvard . . . Read All