There was some feedback on Facebook and on our blog, re: the Day of the Dead Fossil Fridays have been a little too easy.
In order to taunt you at your maximum capacity, I've limited the photograph this week to only include the teeth. And I've asked Eric Meikle, one of our house anthropologists, to create a special riddle just for you!
It was exciting to see the good news that Randy W. Schekman, a member of NCSE, was awarded a Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2013. But it wasn’t unprecedented, of course.
In the Roman Catholic Church, October 22 is the memorial or feast day of the late Pope John Paul II; indeed, it marks the 35th anniversary of his election to the papacy. He is a very significant intellectual figure among recent pontiffs due to his appreciation of the dialogue between religion and the sciences.
The recent federal government shutdown involved not only furloughing federal employees but also restricting access to our national parks. From Yosemite to Yellowstone, from Bryce Canyon to the Bright Angel Trail, countless people were turned away from what, for some, could have been a once in a lifetime experience. At the Lee’s Ferry launch site, where Grand Canyon river trips begin, rafters who endured a decade-long waiting list were prevented from launching on their appointed day.
I really like book reviews. No, I mean, I really like book reviews.
Last week's Fossil Friday was apparently a tough one. Only 4 guesses—and half of them were for sloths! The correct answer was quickly supplied by Joshua Vallejos.
Says anthropologist Eric Meikle:
"The fossil is usually referred to either Homo ergaster or Homo erectus, depending on one’s views about early species within the genus Homo.
A Sorrowful and Foreboding Anniversary
It might seem that much of what we do at NCSE is reactive, involving an endless thrust and parry with creationists and deniers of climate change. Although responding to flare-ups is essential to winning local battles, it's not enough to win the larger campaign. For that, we promote the teaching of sound science in public schools, with which I have recently had a rewarding experience.