Fossil Friday: Fossil Sea Cows and the Abrupt Origin of Sirenia and Desmostylia

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So, is every thing OK with Darwinism after all? No so fast. Actually, there are some problems that do not square well with a Darwinian scenario. Source
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Fossil Friday: Fossil Hyraxes and the Abrupt Origin of Hyracoidea

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Of course, it is only we “nitpicking” intelligent design proponents who point out such incongruences. Source
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Fossil Friday: Fake Amber and the Piltdown Fly

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Such simple forgeries are commonly sold to tourists in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Eastern Europe, and Eastern Asia. Source
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Fossil Friday: A Fossil Butterfly Lookalike

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An intelligent design paradigm can easily accommodate convergences as a natural consequence of a designer reusing the same ideas in different constructions. Source
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Fossil Friday: Turtles All the Way Down

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Contrary to the gradualistic expectations of Darwin’s theory, the distinct body plan of turtles appeared abruptly in the Late Triassic. Source
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