Notes on the Mysterious Origin of Hippos

Africa, Anthracotheriidae, biology, brachiopods, bryozoans, cephalopods, Charles Darwin, constancy, corals, Doliochoeridae, Ernst Mayr, Evolution, evolutionary derivations, foraminifers, fossil record, genera, Georges Cuvier, ghost lineages, Hippopotamidae, Hippopotamus amphibius, hippos, Intelligent Design, Louis Agassiz, Martin Pickford, megafauna, National Geographic, ostracods, paleontology, species, stasis, subfamilies, trilobites, ” and waiting around without any function that might explain why natural selection working on random mutations bothered to engineer them
The family Hippopotamidae appears abruptly in the fossil record — like all the other groups that I have so far investigated in detail. 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: Rapid Elongation of Plesiosaur Necks Points to Intelligent Design

allometric growth, BMC Ecology and Evolution, cervical vertebrae, crocodilians, cryptozoologists, Darwinian mechanisms, Early Triassic, end-Permian mass extinction, fish, flippers, fossil record, giraffes, Great Dying, homeotic mutations, humans, ichthyosaurs, Intelligent Design, lizards, Loch Ness monster, lorises, macromutations, mammals, marine reptiles, Mesozoic, mutations, neck, neck length, nothosaurs, pachypleurosaurs, paleontology, Permian, pistosaurs, plesiosaurs, population genetics, pottos, Purussaurus, sea snake, sea turtle, sloths, stem group, vertebrae, vertebrates
The breaking of the conserved number of cervical vertebrae is hard to reconcile with an unguided evolutionary mechanism. 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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Why Intelligent Design Best Explains the Fossil Record Data

bounded adaptation, Casey Luskin, CELS, Center for Science and Culture, complex organisms, Conference on Engineering and Living Systems, Darwinian theory, Discovery Institute, earth, Eric Anderson, explosion model, fossil record, ID The Future, intelligent causation, Intelligent Design, paleomagnetism, paleontology, Podcast, punctuated equilibrium, stasis, Stephen Meyer, Theistic Evolution (book), University of Johannesburg
The fossil record is consistent with the engineering-based theory of bounded adaptation 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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