Fossil Friday: New Evidence for the Human Nature of Neanderthals

anatomy, antibiotics, Australian aboriginals, behavior, Bence Viola, biospecies, body decoration, cave art, cavemen, eagle talons, Fossil Friday, gene pool, genetic admixture, glue, Homo neanderthalensis, Homo sapiens, Homo sapiens neanderthalensis, human nature, Human Origins, human uniqueness, jewelry, lordosis, mating partners, Michael Shermer, native Australians, Neanderthals, ochre, painkillers, paleontology, seafood, spinal curvature, stone circles, Svante Pääbo, Thomas Huxley, University of Toronto
What is at stake is not just some esoteric species problem in the ivory tower, but the very question of human nature and human uniqueness. Source
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No. 3 Story of 2023: Textbook Wisdom on Origin of Multicellular Life Turns Out to Be Wrong

animal body plans, Avalon explosion, Cambrian Explosion, Cambrian News, Christian Bjerrum, consensus, Darwin's Doubt, Ediacaran biota, Ediacaran organisms, Evolution, Fossil Friday, fossil record, Ken Towe, oxygen, paleontology, Precambrian, Smithsonian Institution, Stephen Meyer
Incidentally, a few days ago I received a message from my paleobiologist colleague Dr. Ken Towe, a retired senior scientist at the Smithsonian Institution. Source
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Fossil Friday: Fossil Bird Tracks Expand the Temporal Paradox

Africa, Alan Feduccia, bird tracks, birds, Darwinists, data, Evolution, evolutionary biology, footprints, Fossil Friday, fossil record, ghost lineages, ichnogenus, Lesotho, paleontology, Paul Ellenberger, PLOS ONE, Poland, Temporal Paradox, theory, theropod dinosaurs, tiktaalik, Trisauropodiscus, University of Cape Town, Upper Triassic, Zachelmie
The origin of birds involves a severe problem for Darwinists, which paleo-ornithologist Alan Feduccia has called a temporal paradox. Source
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Fossil Friday: Cambrian Bryozoa Come and Go

bilaterians, body plans, Bryozoa, Cambrian animals, Cambrian Explosion, Carboniferous strata, chordates, Evolution, evolutionary biology, Fossil Friday, fossil record, great Ordovician biodiversification event, green algae, inkblots, invertebrates, lophophore, Lower Cambrian, Lower Ordovician, metazoans, microCT, Middle Pennsylvanian, molecular clock studies, moss animals, Nevada, Ohio, paleontology, phosphatic fossils, Pywackia baileyi, South China, tentacles
This is a field that often has more in common with the interpretation of inkblots in Rorschach tests than with hard science. Source
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Fossil Friday: A Popular Just-So Story on the Origin of Bird Flight Bites the Dust

adaptation, aerodynamics, arboreal hypothesis, avian flight, birds, China, Chukar partridge, computer modelling, Confuciusornis, cursorial hypothesis, empirical data, Evolution, flapping, Flight, forelimb, Fossil Friday, fossil record, ichthyosaur, kinematics, Liaoning, mechanics, muscles, paleontology, powered flight, storytelling, WAIR hypothesis, wing-assisted incline running, wings
There is a long-running about whether birds first took off by running and flapping from the ground up, or whether they jumped as gliders from the tree down. Source
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Fossil Friday: To Be or Not to Be Homo

African apes, Australopithecines, bone fragments, bones, butchering sites, Darwinian, evolutionists, Fossil Friday, fossil record, handy man, hominin fossils, Homo ergaster, Homo habilis, human oirgins, Human Origins, humans, Louis Leakey, Lucy, missing link, nomadic tribes, Olduvai Gorge, paleoanthropologists, paleontology, rock circles, stone tools, Tanzania, wastebasket taxon
The fossil hominin Homo habilis was described 1964 by Louis Leakey and his colleagues from the 1.9 million year old Olduvai Gorge locality in Tanzania. Source
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Fossil Friday: A Dinosaur Feather and an Overhyped New Study on the Origin of Feathers

amber, amniotes, biological novelty, biology, birds, chicken embryos, Eastern Kentucky University, Encyclopedia Britannica, Evolution, feathers, Fossil Friday, fossil record, Francis Collins, Germany, homology, integumental structures, Intelligent Design, Karl Giberson, keratin, mammal hairs, ontogenetic pathway, ontogeny, paleontology, radii, rami, reptile scales, scales, Stuttgart Natural History Museum, The Language of Science and Faith, theropod, theropod dinosaurs
Feathers, which are the most complex integumental structures known in the animal kingdom, without doubt required coordinated changes in numerous genes. Source
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Fossil Friday: The Explosive Origin of Mosasaurs in the Cretaceous

Darwinism, ecological niches, Evolution, flukes, Fossil Friday, fossil record, genes, genetic changes, genetic coding, just-so stories, Late Cretaceous, legends, marine reptiles, mathematics, mosasaurs, mutations, North America, paleontology, Plesioplatecarpus planifroms, population genetics, sea serpents, sharks, waiting-time problem
The math of population genetics precludes a Darwinian origin of these new genes in such a short time. Source
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Fossil Friday: The Explosive Origin of Complex Eyes in Trilobites

arthropods, begging the question, Cambrian Explosion, common ancestry, Darwinists, Evolution, evolutionary biology, falsification, Fossil Friday, fossil record, holochroal eyes, immunization, just-so stories, materialists, Molière, opium, paleontology, phylogeny, pseudoscience, schizochroal eyes, Stephen Meyer, trilobites
The theory has been made immune to empirical falsification because it is simply assumed to be true by default as the only viable option for materialists. Source
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