Posted on March 28, 2014 * Comments

This week on the Fossil Friday, I take you outside of the museum...many thousands of miles away, to an actual site in the desert. Josh Rosenau here at NCSE snapped this photo when he was traveling...where? I can't tell you! What is it? That is for you to figure out!

For those who are in love with fossils, this should be an easy one, as it comes from a UNSECO World Heritage Site. Others? Perhaps a Google search can get you started.

 

 

Posted on March 27, 2014 * Comments

I’m still discussing a well-known but ill-sourced quotation from a “Dr. Etheridge, Fossilologist of the British Museum,” according to which, “Nine-tenths of the talk of evolutionists is sheer nonsense, not founded on observation and wholly unsupported by fact. This museum is full of proofs of the utter falsity of their views.” By now, I’ve established, at least to my own satisfaction, that it is a mistake to ascribe it to Robert Etheridge Jr., despite such a claim in a 1922 letter from the director of the British Museum; that it is in fact his father Robert Etheridge to whom the quotation was originally ascribed; that the original ascription appeared in the Evangelist newspaper in 1885; and that the ascription was plausibly the work of George E. Post, who was a professor at the Syrian Protestant College of Beirut as well as a pioneering botanist of the Near East.

Posted on March 26, 2014 * Comments
Halley's Comet in the Bayeux Tapestry
Halley's comet, Bayeux Tapestry by boris doesborg, released under a CC-BY-NC license
Posted on March 25, 2014 * Comments

During her tenure at NCSE, Genie Scott often observed, "one priest in a backwards collar is worth a dozen scientists at a public hearing." For various reasons, religious leaders, and the voices of religious communities, have a special weight in politics, especially on matters of science education. Including pro-science religious voices as part of a coalition can be vital to the success of an effort. 

Posted on March 25, 2014 * Comments

I’m still discussing a well-known but ill-sourced quotation from a “Dr. Etheridge, Fossilologist of the British Museum,” according to which, “Nine-tenths of the talk of evolutionists is sheer nonsense, not founded on observation and wholly unsupported by fact. This museum is full of proofs of the utter falsity of their views.”

Posted on March 25, 2014 * Comments

I came into the office this morning and discovered someone had left mysterious little fossils on my desk. I think I can identify these fossils (although nailing the specific species may be tricky). Can you identify them?

How's that for a little mid-week mystery?

 

Posted on March 24, 2014 * Comments

Another week, another Cosmos episode, and another ridiculous creationist reaction.

This week the third Cosmos episode aired, focusing on the wonders of comets—such as Halley’s Comet, whose grand elliptical circumnavigation of the solar system parallels a human lifespan, as it did for Mark Twain—and the inevitable, glorious collision of our own galaxy with Andromeda. These are fascinating topics that can spark curious imaginations and make kids want to know more about science.

Posted on March 24, 2014 * Comments


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Posted on March 21, 2014 * Comments

These past few weeks on Fossil Friday, I have focused on bone crushers, biters, and scratchers—but have completely ignored the noble little animals that had their bones crushed...namely, food! 

Posted on March 20, 2014 * Comments

In part 1, I was discussing a well-known but ill-sourced quotation from a “Dr. Etheridge, Fossilologist of the British Museum,” according to which, “Nine-tenths of the talk of evolutionists is sheer nonsense, not founded on observation and wholly unsupported by fact. This museum is full of proofs of the utter falsity of their views.”