Episode #2 of PBS’s Your Inner Fish—entitled “Your Inner Reptile”—comes complete with silly shots of people with scaly skin and snaky tongues. The slow-mo shots of leaping bikini-clad women tipped me off that the producers were mostly men. Fortunately for all of us, such silliness is brief and excellent content fills the program.
This week on Fossil Friday, I give you an incredibly easily identified fossil. I mean, come on, it's the whole body! Plus, I'm going to tell you it's a synapsid from the Permian. What could be easier?
How would the creationism-evolution controversy have been different if World War I had never happened? Today the question is answered by Abraham “(Ab)” C. Flipse, a historian of science at and the university historian of VU University Amsterdam, whose recent research focuses on the creationism-evolution controversy in the Netherlands.
How would the creationism-evolution controversy have been different if World War I had never happened? Today the question is answered by Adam Shapiro, Lecturer in Intellectual and Cultural History at Birkbeck, University of London, and author of Trying Biology: The Scopes Trial, Textbooks, and Antievolution in American Schools (2013).
The center of the universe might be closer than you think—in fact, it might be right under your feet. A conservative Catholic crank, Robert Sungenis, is now resurrecting the long-discredited geocentric model in a bizarre movie called The Principle.
The first of three PBS episodes of “Your Inner Fish” debuted Wednesday, April 9. Confusingly, the second episode of “Your Inner Fish,” due next Wednesday, is titled “Your Inner Reptile.” Fortunately, the content is clear, compelling, and entertaining; all attributes of the host as well, Neil Shubin. Given Shubin’s irrepressible enthusiasm, he could make shucking corn entertaining.
Photograph by Joshua Rosenau
This week on Fossil Friday, I bring you one of the most famous fossils of all time. The jaw should look a little familiar to those who love fossils. But it's not the jaw that made this animal so interesting to paleontologists.
What was this animal? Where was it found? And why is it so important to our understanding of life on Earth?