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

Afrotheria, Calvert Marine Museum, common descent, Darwinism, Desmostylia, dugongids, dugongs, elephants, Embrithopoda, Eocene, Evolution, Fossil Friday, fossil record, Ishatherium subathuensis, Jamaica, Lincoln Creek Formation, mammals, manatees, Paleocene, PaleoDB, paleontology, Pezosiren, Proboscidea, protosirenids, science, sea cows, Sirenia, sirenians, Steller’s sea cow, synapomorphies, Tethytheria, Washington State, whales
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

Afrotheria, Archaeohyracidae, Early Oligocene, East Africa, Egypt, elephant shrew, Fayum, Fossil Friday, fossil record, Geniohyiidae, George Cuvier, George Gaylord Simpson, Hippomorpha, Hyracoidea, hyraxes, Late Oligocene, Megalohyrax gevini, Microhyrax lavocati, Miohyracidae, Namahyracidae, Paenungulata, Paleogene, paleontology, phylogenetics, Pliohyracidae, Rukwalorax, Sagatheriidae, science, scrotum, Tanzania, Titanohyracidae, Titanohyrax andrewsi, Titanohyrax mongereaui, Titanohyrax tantulus
Of course, it is only we “nitpicking” intelligent design proponents who point out such incongruences. Source
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Possible Cave “Proto-Writing” Challenges Slow Evolution of Human Consciousness

Ben Bacon, birth cycle, cave paintings, consciousness, Durham University, Europe, Evolution, Human Origins, humans, hunter-gatherers, Ice Age, Live Science, Melanie Chang, Neanderthals, paleontology, Paul Pettitt, Portland State University, reproductive cycles, science, University College London
London-based wood carving conservator Ben Bacon has, with academic colleagues, shaken up Ice Age paleontology. Source
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Fossil Friday: The Giant Armadillo Glyptodon and the Abrupt Origin of Xenarthrans

Afrotheria, America, Antarctica, anteaters, Argentina, armadillos, Astegotheriini, Cingulata, clades, Darwinists, Early Eocene, Early Eocene Climatic Optimum, Glyptodon asper, glyptodonts, La Meseta Formation, megafauna, Megalonychidae, Megatherium, Middle Ypresian, molecular clock, Natural History Museum of Vienna, New World, paleontology, pampatheres, Patagonia, Peltephilidae, phylogenetic systematics, Pilosa, placental mammals, Pleistocene, primates, Prostegotherium, Riostegotherium, science, sloths, South American Land Mammal Ages, Tubulidentata, vermilinguans, Xenarthra, xenarthrans
Should we dare to consider the possibility that something is wrong with the Darwinist assumptions? Heaven forbid! Source
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Let’s Help “Professor Dave” Understand the Precambrian

Anabarites, bilaterians, Burgess Shale, Cambrian Explosion, Cambrotubulus, Carboniferous, Cloudina, Conotubus, Dave Farina, Dickinsonia, Ediacaran, embryos, Evolution, Fortunian, fossils, Gaojiashania, Intelligent Design, Kimberella, Mongolia, Namacalathus, Namapoikia, paleontology, Permian, Precambrian animals, Professor Dave, Protohertzina, Richard Dawkins, Stephen Meyer, Tommotian, Trilobozoa, wormworld
We have much to teach the non-professor, and I trust that he is grateful for the education being rendered to him here. Source
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“Lying on the Internet”? Debunking Dave Farina on Stephen Meyer

acritarchs, Avalon Assemblage, bilaterians, body plans, Cambrian Explosion, Carl Zimmer, Caveasphaera, China, Cladonia chlorophaea, Cloudina, cnidarians, Darwin's Doubt, Dave Farina, demosponges, Dickinsonia, Doushantuo fossils, embryos, Eumetazoa, Evolution, fossils, Gregory Retallack, Haootia quadriformis, Helicoforamina, homology, Ikaria, Intelligent Design, Internet, Joe Botting, Kimberella, Lantianella, Megasphaera, Metazoa, microfossils, Nama Assemblage, Namacalathus, New York Times, paleontology, Precambrian animals, Professor Dave, Spiralicellula, sponges, Stephen Jay Gould, Stephen Meyer, straw man, Tribrachidium, Vernanimalcula, White Sea assemblage, Xiuningella, Yilingia, YouTubers
A lot of nonsense gets published in peer-reviewed journals and it needs expertise to separate the wheat from the chaff. Farina lacks any expertise to do this. Source
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Untangling “Professor Dave’s” Confusion about the Cambrian Explosion

animals, birds, body plan, Cambrian Explosion, Cambrian News, Casey Luskin, cladists, Darwin's Doubt, Dave Farina, Douglas Erwin, Ediacaran fauna, Ediacaran Period, Evolution, Fortunian, fossil record, great Ordovician biodiversification event, homology, insects, Nick Matzke, paleontology, phylum, plesiomorphic, Professor Dave, Richard Dawkins, Stephen Meyer, symplesiomorphy, synapomorphy, The Blind Watchmaker, wings, YouTubers
We have seen the absurdly low quality of this individual’s video. But there is much more. I have added timecodes in square brackets for easier reference. Source
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Fossil Friday: Fake Amber and the Piltdown Fly

amber, Andrew Ross, April Fools' Day, Baltic amber, cladistics, Dominican Republic, Eastern Asia, Eastern Europe, Evolution, Fannia scalaris, forgeries, forgers, Fossil Friday, latrine fly, London, Mexico, Natural History Museum, paleontology, Piltdown fly, Schlauben, State Museum of Natural History, Stuttgart, tree resin, Willi Hennig
Such simple forgeries are commonly sold to tourists in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Eastern Europe, and Eastern Asia. Source
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Human Origins: All in the Family

art, Australopithecines, burial, chain mail, Creativity, Culture, Donald Johanson, Erik Trinkaus, footprints, fossil record, Fossils and Human Evolution (series), Francesco d’Errico, habilines, Homo erectus, Homo neanderthalensis, Homo sapiens, Human Origins, Nature (journal), Neanderthals, Oxford University Press, paintings, paleoanthropologists, paleontology, Siegrid Hartwig-Scherer, Stephen Molnar, symbolic thought, Technology, total energy expenditure, University of Bordeaux, Washington University
If a Neanderthal walked down the street, appropriately dressed, you probably wouldn’t notice. Source
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Fossil Friday: A Fossil Butterfly Lookalike

apomorphies, beetles, Brazil, butterflies, butterflies of the Jurassic, convergence, Crato Formation, Darwinism, design pattern, Fossil Friday, fossil record, genetic predispositions, insects, Intelligent Design, Kalligrammatidae, lacewing, Lower Cretaceous, Lower Jurassic, Makarkina adamsi, Makarkina kerneri, mouthparts, natural selection, neuropterans, paleontology, science, Simon Conway Morris, Stephen Jay Gould, tape of life, University of Tübingen, wing span
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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