rush limbaughIs Rush Limbaugh baiting NCSE? The thought crossed my mind when I heard his remarks in response to the unfortunate killing of Harambe the gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo. Using the highly-publicized killing of this great ape as a springboard to mock evolution, Limbaugh exposed his poor grasp of basic biology. To wit:

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A fossil

It’s the goniatid—or if you prefer the goniatite—Imitoceras rotatorium, and what’s not to love? Stephanie Keep recently told you about the collective NCSE fondness for cephalopods, and goniatites are cephalopods found in the fossil record from the Devonian to the end of the Permian; they resemble their later cousins the ammonites.

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06.10.2016

Ya-har maties, two seafaring stories this week. Also, profiles of two biologists whose work spans centuries, continents and subdisciplines but is linked by the immense insight each gives to the mechanisms of evolution. How Darwin would have loved meeting them! Oh, and hobbits. What’s not to love?

 

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A fossil

Again with the swirliness! But it’s not a summer repeat of the edrioasteroid. What, then, is it? If you think you know the answer, write it on a postcard or a scanning superconducting quantum interference device microscope—you can never have too many, right?—and mail it to NCSE, 1904 Franklin Street, Suite 600, Oakland CA 94612. Or just leave a comment below.

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