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Early Primate Provides Evolution Clues (off site)
Ned Potter, 19 May 2009
"'Most Complete Primate in the Fossil Record' Unveiled in New York"
14 July '09

Fossils from the Messel site  (off site)
"At the Messel pit near Darmstadt in Germany where Ida fossil was excavated, palaeontologists have found hundreds of well-preserved specimens."
14 July '09

Why Ida fossil is not the missing link (off site)
Chris Beard, NewScientist, 21 May 2009
"Unbridled hoopla attended the unveiling of a 47-million-year-old-fossil primate skeleton at the American Museum of Natural History in New York on 19 May. Found by private collectors in 1983 in Messel, Germany, the press immediately hailed the specimen as a 'missing link' and even the 'eighth wonder of the world'."

14 July '09

Virtual fossils reveal how ancient creatures lived  (off site)
Jo Marchant, 27 May 2009

"BEHIND the war of words over the significance of Ida, the
47-million-year-old-primate fossil  unveiled last week, a quiet revolution in palaeontolgy is unfolding. Thanks to a souped-up version of a technique better known for its use in medical diagnostics, we are gaining unprecedented insights into the way prehistoric creatures lived, breathed and grew."

14 July '09
The 2009 Stephen Jay Gould Prize (off site)
"The winner of the 2009 Stephen Jay Gould Prize is Eugenie C. Scott."
14 July '09
50 Reasons I Reject Evolution (off site)
14 July '09
More "pissing" about evolution (off site)
14 July '09

On the origin of ignorance (off site)
Ian Bell, Sunday Herald

Christian English high-school 'academies', with their creationist thought police, are allowing 'the theory' to be heard as merely one account among many. It is as though Einstein is being asked to compete with the Tooth Fairy."

14 July '09

Casey Luskin Visits Lucy (off site)
from Afarensis - anthropology, evolution & science
"... it takes far more work to correct the distortions and misunderstandings frequently peddled by Luskin than it does for Luskin to peddle them. His article on Lucy is a case in point."

14 July '09

Darwin the Disturber (off site)
Susan Jacoby
"Today is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, disturber of the peace, and this year also marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin's On The Origin of Species. It seems only fitting to reflect on the reasons why Darwin's conclusions about the origins and evolution of human--and all--life continue to trouble and challenge members of the human species in the 21st century."

14 July '09
The two faces of intelligent design creationism (off site)
From Playing Chess with Pigeons
"Over at Uncommen Descent they are taking advantage of the brouhaha over the New York Post's 'gunned-down chimp' cartoon (which many have taken as a racist slur against President Obama) to take their own pot-shots at evolution and in the process they have served up another example of the two faces of intelligent design."
14 July '09

Puijila darwini - a prehistoric walking seal (off site)
"This prehistoric animal represents a 'missing link'—a branch on an evolutionary tree—between an ancestor that walked on land and today's sea-going seals and their relatives."

14 July '09

Evolutionary Genealogy (off site)
"This website seeks to promote the teaching and acceptance of the biological theory of evolution by emphasizing one of its great lessons: that life on Earth is one big extended family, and therefore we are related in an exact way to not only every other living thing, but also to every thing that ever lived. "

1 March 2009

"Cdesign Proponentsists" (off site)For years, 'intelligent design' (ID) proponents denied that ID is just a new label for creationism. However, it is now well-known that the first intelligent design 'textbook', Of Pandas and People, is just a revised version of a classic 'two-model' creationism vs. evolution book named Creation Biology."
1 March 2009

Who will be Steve #1000? (off site)
1000th Steve to be crowned at AAAS press conference

1 March 2009

Steve Darwin is Steve #1000 (off site)
"It was nip and tuck, but when the dust settled, Dr. Steve Darwin was named the 1000th Steve in NCSE's Project Steve."

1 March 2009

Origin Of Jawed Vertebrates: Prehistoric Fish Provides New Piece In Evolution's Jigsaw Puzzle (off site)
ScienceDaily, Jan. 19, 2009
"In an article in the journal Nature January 14, Uppsala researcher Martin Brazeau describes the skull and jaws of a fish that lived about 410 million years ago.
The study may give important clues to the origin of jawed vertebrates, and thus ultimately our own evolution."

1 March 2009

Evolution IN Action: Native U.S. Lizards Are Adapting To Escape Attacks By Fire Ants (off site)
ScienceDaily, Jan. 24, 2009

"Penn State Assistant Professor of Biology Tracy Langkilde has shown that native fence lizards in the southeastern United States are adapting to potentially fatal invasive fire-ant attacks by developing behaviors that enable them to escape from the ants, as well as by developing longer hind legs, which can increase the effectiveness of this behavior."

1 March 2009

PHOTOS: 7 Major "Missing Links" Since Darwin (off site)
National Geographic

"For the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth (February 12, 2009), National Geographic News asked leading scientists for their picks of the most important fossils that show evolution in action—seven of which are presented here, starting with this 'fishapod.'"

1 March 2009

Primate Specialist Group (off site)
"The Primate Specialist Group is a network of scientists and conservationists who stand against the tide of extinction which threatens humanity's closest kin."


1 March 2009

Extended Family: Long Lost Cousins (off site)
"The author of the landmark Primate Taxonomy, Colin Groves is formally known as a Professor of Biological Anthropology at the Australian National University, but he has been acknowledged as 'the senior statesman, philosopher, and historian of primatology.' With his new book Extended Family, Colin Groves has created a work which is both unique to its field and an essential prerequisite — a compact history of the Western world's gradually deepening awareness of the primate order."

1 March 2009

Dinosaur Fossils Fit Perfectly Into The Evolutionary Tree Of Life (off site)
ScienceDaily, Jan. 30, 2009

"A recent study by researchers at the University of Bath and London's Natural History Museum has found that scientists' knowledge of the evolution of dinosaurs is remarkably complete."

1 March 2009

New Protocetid Whale from the Middle Eocene of Pakistan: Birth on Land, Precocial Develpment, and Sexual Dimorphism (off site)
"Discovery of a near-term fetus positioned for head-first delivery provides important evidence that early protocetid whales gave birth on land."

1 March 2009

Evolution Sunday says dichotomy between faith and science is false (off site)
Bob Allen, Associated Baptist Press,
February 06, 2009

"While many Christians view evolution as a threat to religion, a growing number of churches view Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday and the 150th anniversary of his seminal work The Origin of Species as something to celebrate."

1 March 2009

The Work In Darwin's Shadow (off site)
Evolution History Lives In a D.C. Dining Room

Joel Achenbach, Washington Post Staff Writer, February 8, 2009; A01

"It was in 1979, in an antiques shop in Arlington, that a young law school graduate named Robert Heggestad noticed a lovely rosewood cabinet parked behind the counter. How much? Six hundred, the shopkeeper said. Sold, Heggestad said. The shopkeeper asked, 'Don't you want to know what's in it?' Heggestad said, 'Not really.'"
1 March 2009

Famous fossil Lucy scanned at the University of Texas at Austin (off site)
"Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin, in collaboration with the Ethiopian government, have completed the first high-resolution CT scan of the world's most famous fossil, Lucy, an ancient human ancestor who lived 3.2 million years ago."
1 March 2009

Court: Creationists should settle out of court  (off site)
Dylan T. Lovan - Associated Press Writer

"A federal appeals court has told an Australian ministry to settle out of court with the founder of a popular Kentucky museum dedicated to biblical history."

1 March 2009

CMI/AIG: What's the dispute all about? (off site)

1 March 2009


1 March 2009

Darwin 200 (off site)
Nature News

"The 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Robert Darwin falls on 12 February 2009."

9 Jan '09

Darwin200 (off site)

9 Jan '09

Darwin Centre (off site)
London's Natural History Museum
9 Jan '09

Darwin Busters
Addition to "Wacky Web Sites"
9 Jan '09

Zombie Jamboree in Texas (off Site)
Glenn Branch, deputy director of the National Center for Science Education
30 October 2008

9 Jan '09

Texas: Religious Antievolution's Silly Season  (off Site)
The Austringer' The Weblog of Wesley R. Elsberry
"You may not be able to 'balance' science with nonsense, but you can use nonsense to undermine any hope that science will take root in the mind of a child."

9 Jan '09

"Voices for Evolution"  (off Site)
"Voices for Evolution is a beacon for students, teachers, and the curious public who never knew the full extent that biological evolution is recognized and accepted among secular as well as religious organizations." — Neil deGrasse Tyson

9 Jan '09

Padian featured in SVP video  (off Site)
National Center for Science Education,

"A video project from the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology devotes a segment to discussing paleontology, evolution, and creationism."

9 Jan '09

We are SVP  (off Site)
"WE ARE SVP is a 33-minute video that tells the inside story of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology -- who we are, what we do, and why our work is important for science and society.  The video is introduced and narrated by Sam Waterston, the long-time star of 'LAW & ORDER.' "  

9 Jan '09

Over the Hump - Taking the AIG Camel Challenge!  (off Site)
National Center for Science Education
9 Jan '09

Human ancestors had big brained babies  (off Site)
ABC Science
"The fossilised Homo erectus pelvis found in Ethiopia suggests females swayed their hips as they walked and gave birth to relatively developed babies with big heads, say researchers."

9 Jan '09

Human hair linked to ancient claws  (off Site)
ABC Science
"A new study has identified a gene associated with hair production in present-day lizards and chickens, which may trace its origins back more than 300 million years ago."

9 Jan '09

When scum ruled the earth  (off Site)
Planet Earth online, 29 December 2008
"Newly-discovered fossils are shedding light on the organisms that lived on land before plants came on the scene."

9 Jan '09

Report on the Sixth International Conference on Creationism, Part One  (all off Site)

Report on the Sixth International Conference on Creationism, Part Two

Report on the Sixth International Conference on Creationism, Part Three

Report on the Sixth International Conference on Creationism, Part Four

Report on the Sixth International Conference on Creationism, Conclusion
Posted by Jason Rosenhouse on his Evolutionblog

9 Jan '09

Probability, Statistics, Evolution, and Intelligent Design  (off Site)
Peter Olofsson

9 Jan '09

Taken to School: An Interview with the Honorable Judge John E. Jones, III  (off Site)
Jane Gitschier, December 5, 2008
9 Jan '09

The Anti-Museum: An overview and review of the Answers in Genesis Creation "Museum"  (off Site)
Daniel Phelps, President, Kentucky Paleontological Society
9 Jan '09

Elitist Liberals Visit The Creation Museum  (off Site)
Sunday, December 21, 2008

9 Jan '09

Creation Museum - A Preliminary Review   (off Site)
Greg Neyman,
Answers in Creation, First Published 13 April 2007

"Even in this brief walk-thru, it is easy to see the flawed science and wrong Biblical interpretation used by Answers in Genesis.  Once again, the world will laugh at young earth creationists (and in doing so, at the church as a whole), as they try to pass off their bad science as the truth."   

9 Jan '09

A Major Australian Museum's Disgraceful Concession to Creationism  (off Site)
The Baliset Palimpsest, 19 April 2008
"Young Earth Creationists suffer from a humiliating lack of credibility, and rightly so, among the mainstream scientific community. Hence, if any “secular” institution appears to slip and confirm any tenet of the Creationist worldview, you can count on them to crow about it. Of course, the context or intent of the reference is rarely of interest to them."

9 Jan '09

Was the World Created in Six Days? (off site)
"According to Genesis, God created the universe in six days and rested on the seventh. Many religious followers believe literally that everything from the air we breathe to the water we drink was created in a matter of days. Others scoff at this interpretation, insisting that the universe couldn't have possibly been created in such a short time span. What really happened 'in the beginning'?"

23 Oct. 08
Assembly of the cnidarian camera-type eye from vertebrate-like components  (off site)
"Our findings indicative of parallelism provide an insight into eye evolution. Combined, the available data favor the possibility that vertebrate and cubozoan eyes arose by independent recruitment of orthologous genes during evolution."
23 Oct. 08

Von Neumann, Berlinski, and evolution: Who's the hooter? (off site)
Panda's Thumb, Douglas L. Theobald, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Brandeis University
23 Oct. 08

Slime versus dinosaur  (off site)
Carl Zimmer
"In 2005, researchers made headlines when they reported that they had found intact blood vessels from a 68-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex. The discovery raised hopes that paleontologists could get their hands on the flesh and blood of vanished animals. This week, however, other scientists challenged the results, arguing that the dinosaur flesh was in fact just coatings of young bacteria."
23 Oct. 08

Dawn Of Animal Vision Discovered  (off site)
ScienceDaily, 18 October 2007)

"By peering deep into evolutionary history, scientists at the University of California, Santa Barbara have discovered the origins of photosensitivity in animals."
23 Oct. 08

They Call Me Mister Zimmer  (off site)
Carl Zimmer
"Readers of this blog will have to indulge me from time to time so that I can respond to personal attacks from creationists. I write about science, and I strive to do so accurately. I also point out misinformation about science and explain why it’s wrong. So when someone claims I can’t admit a mistake when I make one, or that I suffer from an overactive imagination, I have to respond."
23 Oct. 08

Darwin, Linnaeus, and One Sleepy Guy  (off site)
Carl Zimmer
"Now, when we think about the magnificence of nature, the majesty of life that biologists seek to decipher, microbes may seem like minor stuff. What’s a bacterium next to a human being, or a blue whale, or a redwood? But if I’m successful today, you will leave here convinced that microbes are in fact a very big deal. They dominate the history of life, and dominate the planet right now. And they force us to rethink the ideas we’ve inherited from Linnaeus and Darwin."
23 Oct. 08

Methodist advocates evolution  (off site)
Rosa Salter Rodriguez, The Journal Gazette
"A Fort Wayne man says he has finally nudged the United Methodist Church 'into the 21st century' on the subject of evolution."
23 Oct. 08


A Teacher on the Front Line as Faith and Science Clash  (off site)
Daron Dean for The New York Times

"David Campbell switched on the overhead projector and wrote 'Evolution' in the rectangle of light on the screen. He scanned the faces of the sophomores in his Biology I class. Many of them, he knew from years of teaching high school in this Jacksonville suburb, had been raised to take the biblical creation story as fact. His gaze rested for a moment on Bryce Haas, a football player who attended the 6 a.m. prayer meetings of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in the school gymnasium."
23 Oct. 08


Joyce McMillan - Myth of creationism weakens the vital morality of religion (off site)
NEWS.scotsman.com, 13 September 2008

23 Oct. 08


Origin of the specious  (off site)
AC Grayling

"It is sometimes hard to know whether books that strike one as silly and irresponsible, like Dissent over Descent, the latest book from Steve Fuller, are the product of a desire to strike a pose and appear outrageous (the John Gray syndrome), or really do represent that cancer of the contemporary intellect, post-modernism."
23 Oct. 08


Evolutionists Flock To Darwin-Shaped Wall Stain  (off site)
The Onion
, September 5, 2008
"A steady stream of devoted evolutionists continued to gather in this small Tennessee town today to witness what many believe is an image of Charles Darwin—author of The Origin Of Species and founder of the modern evolutionary movement—made manifest on a concrete wall in downtown Dayton."
23 Oct. 08


Flying Spaghetti Monster statue at Tennessee courthouse (off site)
Daniel Terdiman
"If you're a fan of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and the gospel of Pastafarianism, then you have to love what's going on in Crossville, Tenn."

23 Oct. 08