Quote: Stephen Gould on Classifying Fossils

“…our ability to classify both living and fossil species distinctly and using the same criteria, fit splendidly with creationist tenets.” Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002), former Professor of Geology and Palaeontology, Harvard University, “A quahog is a quahog”, Natural History, vol.88 (7), 1979, pp. 18-26 Evidence News 8 February 2012 Were you helped by this item? […]

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Quote: Imperfect Fossil Record

‘Since 1859 one of the most vexing properties of the fossil record has been its obvious imperfection…The inability of the fossil record to produce the “missing links” has been taken as solid evidence for disbelieving the theory.’ J. Boucot, Ph.D. (Geology) (Professor of Geology, Oregon State University) in ‘Evolution and Extinction Rate Controls’, Elsevier, Amsterdam, […]

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Quote: Extinction

“The extinction of life may have been almost as common as its origination, and for proper perspective, we should realize that essentially all plant and animal species that lived before the present are now extinct. Although the fossil record currently documents only about 250,000 past species, there may have been perhaps 4 million or more. […]

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Quote: David Raup on Fossil Record

‘Instead of finding the gradual unfolding of life, what geologists of Darwin’ time, and geologists of the present day actually find is a highly uneven or jerky record; that is, species appear in the sequence very suddenly, show little or no change during their existence in the record, then abruptly go out of the record. […]

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Putting a Foot in a Hobbit Mouth

Putting a foot in a Hobbit mouth reported in BBC News, American Museum of Natural History and ScienceDaily, 6 May 2009, and Nature, vol 459, p81 7 May 2009. Ever since the bones now nicknamed “the Hobbits” were found in a cave on the island of Flores, anthropologists have argued about whether they were dwarf […]

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Pterosaur Fossilised Before Hatching

Pterosaur fossilised before hatching, as reported in Nature Science Update, 10 June 2004, Nature vol 429, p621 and New Scientist, 12 June 2004, p15. Palaeontologists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences have found a fossilised egg containing a baby pterosaur in Yixian formation at Jingangshan in the Liaonng province of northeastern China. These rocks have […]

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More Hobbit Bones Found

More “Hobbit” bones found, as reported in Nature vol 437, p1012, 13 October 2005. Scientists excavating a cave on the Island of Flores in Indonesia have found a jaw bone, two arm bones and a shin bone that belong to Homo floresiensi. The new jaw is very similar to the first jaw in that it […]

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Laetoli Footprints “Surprisingly Modern”

Laetoli footprints are “surprisingly modern” according to articles in ScienceDaily 19 July 2011 and ABC News in Science 21 July 2011. The Laetoli footprints are a series of footprints preserved in rock in Tanzania. Researchers from the UK, Belgium and Japan have used computer imaging techniques to analyse the Laetoli footprints and determine the walking […]

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King Size Fossil Penguin

King size fossil penguin found, according to reports in BBC News, ScienceDaily and ScienceNOW 30 September 2010. A group of scientists from USA and Peru have found the fossil of a giant penguin in rocks dated at 36 million years old in a nature reserve in Peru. Penguins are usually thought of as inhabiting the […]

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Killer Kangaroos and Demon Ducks

Killer kangaroos and demon ducks reported in The Australian and BBC News, 12 July 2006, and the Daily Telegraph (UK) 13 July 2006. Palaeontologists excavating the Riversleigh fossil deposit in northwest Queensland have found fossils of 20 new species including a “meat eating kangaroo with long fangs” and a giant bird nicknamed by the fossil […]

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