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  • Researchers May Have Solved 'Missing Link' Mystery in Origin of Life

    06/09/2015 8:54:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 96 replies
    How did life on Earth begin? It's been one of modern biology's greatest mysteries: How did the chemical soup that existed on the early Earth lead to the complex molecules needed to create living, breathing organisms? Now, researchers say they've found the missing link. Between 4.6 billion and 4.0 billion years ago, there was probably no life on Earth. The planet's surface was at first molten and even as it cooled, it was getting pulverized by asteroids and comets. All that existed were simple chemicals. But about 3.8 billion years ago, the bombardment stopped, and life arose. Most scientists think...
  • Two New Discoveries Answer Big Questions In Evolution Theory

    04/07/2006 4:16:49 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 726 replies · 8,636+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 07 April 2006 | SHARON BEGLEY
    Even as the evolution wars rage, on school boards and in courtrooms, biologists continue to accumulate empirical data supporting Darwinian theory. Two extraordinary discoveries announced this week should go a long way to providing even more of the evidence that critics of evolution say is lacking. One study produced what biblical literalists have been demanding ever since Darwin -- the iconic "missing links." If species evolve, they ask, with one segueing into another, where are the transition fossils, those man-ape or reptile-mammal creatures that evolution posits?In yesterday's issue of Nature, paleontologists unveiled an answer: well-preserved fossils of a previously unknown...
  • Ancient boy's skeleton sparks evolution debate (In Kenya)

    02/06/2007 5:54:32 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 607 replies · 6,894+ views
    CNN ^ | February 6, 2007 | Staff
    Deep in the dusty, unlit corridors of Kenya's national museum, locked away in a plain-looking cabinet, is one of mankind's oldest relics: Turkana Boy, as he is known, the most complete skeleton of a prehistoric human ever found. But his first public display later this year is at the heart of a growing storm -- one pitting scientists against Kenya's powerful and popular evangelical Christian movement. The debate over evolution vs. creationism -- once largely confined to the United States -- has arrived in a country known as the cradle of mankind. "I did not evolve from Turkana Boy or...
  • Maybe religion is the answer claims atheist scientist (This guy would make a great Art Bell guest)

    09/06/2009 11:31:09 PM PDT · by blueglass · 6 replies · 503+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 9-7-09 | Richard Alleyne
    Lord May, the president of the British Science Association, said religion may have helped protect human society from itself in the past and it may be needed again. “A supernatural punisher maybe part of the solution.” He said in the past a belief in a god, or gods, that punish the unrighteous may have been part of the mechanism of evolution that maintains co-operation in a dog-eat-dog world. Having a god as the ultimate punisher was possibly a logical step for a society to take, he added. "Given that punishment is a useful mechanism, how much more effective it would...
  • The FOXP2 gene supports Neandertals being fully human

    08/25/2009 6:36:39 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 78 replies · 1,695+ views
    Journal of Creation ^ | Peter Borger and Royal Truman
    The FOXP2 gene supports Neandertals being fully human --snip to conclusion-- In addition to morphological and physiological evidence for the vocal tract, including the modern hyoid bone,[5] molecular biology is now providing support that Neandertals were fully equipped for speaking complex languages. The FOXP2 genes found in Neandertals therefore show that they were Homo sapiens. These findings are entirely in accord with the creationist’s stance that Neandertals were fully human (post-Flood) inhabitants of Europe and Asia.
  • "Mummified" Dinosaur Discovered In Montana (pics included)

    10/11/2002 1:04:43 AM PDT · by chance33_98 · 219 replies · 6,076+ views
    "Mummified" Dinosaur Discovered In Montana Hillary Mayell for National Geographic News October 10, 2002 Leonardo, a mummified, 77-million-year-old duck-billed dinosaur was only about three or four years old when he died, but he's proving to be a bonanza for paleontologists today. His fossilized skeleton is covered in soft tissue—skin, scales, muscle, foot pads—and even his last meal is in his stomach. An onsite restoration drawing of how "Leonardo" may have looked before burial based on observations and measurements of the specimen. The drawing was done by paleolife artist Greg Wenzel. Art copyright Judith River Dinosaur Institute "For paleontologists, if...
  • An Amazing Fossil Find

    03/27/2009 4:23:03 PM PDT · by Ron Jeremy · 25 replies · 1,468+ views
    WND ^ | yesterday | Farah
    2009 Scientists are baffled by the latest fossil find. It's an octopus they claim is 95 million years old. And, guess what? It looks just like a modern-day octopus – complete with eight legs, rows of suckers and even traces of ink. In all that time, it seems, the octopus hasn't evolved – not one tiny bit. What's rare about this find is that octopuses are almost all muscle and skin. When an octopus dies, it quickly decays and liquefies into the oozy slime from which evolutionary scientists claim life began. After just a few days, there's nothing left at...
  • Stunning New Evidence of a Higher Ancient Sea Level

    02/25/2009 8:17:44 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 126 replies · 2,584+ views
    ICR ^ | February 25, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    Stunning New Evidence of a Higher Ancient Sea Level by Brian Thomas, M.S.* According to the record in Genesis, there was a time when the entire surface of the earth was inundated with water. This possibility has been ridiculed because of questions regarding the origin and destination of all the extra water that supposedly would have been required to accomplish this.1 But newly described fossils of marine creatures found in a rock quarry in Bermuda indicate that ancient sea levels used to be 70 feet higher than they are today, which presents a puzzle to standard geological thinking.2 Geologist Paul...
  • Ancient Birds Flew On All Fours

    09/22/2006 6:27:23 AM PDT · by Tokra · 181 replies · 2,650+ views
    eurekalert ^ | Spet. 22, 2006 | Nick Longrich
    The earliest known ancestor of modern-day birds took to the skies by gliding from trees using primitive feathered wings on their arms and legs, according to new research by a University of Calgary paleontologist. In a paper published in the journal Paleobiology, Department of Biological Sciences PhD student Nick Longrich challenges the idea that birds began flying by taking off from the ground while running and shows that the dinosaur-like bird Archaeopteryx soared using wing-like feathers on all of its limbs. "The discussions about the origins of avian flight have been dominated by the so-called 'ground up' and 'trees down'...
  • Mercury’s Magnetic Field is Young!

    08/25/2008 7:26:38 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 356 replies · 677+ views
    Creation on the Web ^ | August 26, 2008 | Dr. Russell Humphreys
    Once again, a NASA space probe is supporting the 6,000-year biblical age of the solar system. On 14 January 2008, the Messenger spacecraft flew by the innermost planet of the solar system, Mercury. It was the first of several close encounters before Messenger finally settles into a steady orbit around Mercury in 2011.1 As it passed, it made quick measurements of Mercury’s magnetic field and transmitted them successfully back to Earth. On 4 July 2008, the Messenger team reported the magnetic results from the first flyby.2 As I mentioned on the CMI website earlier,3,4 I have been eagerly awaiting the...
  • Footprints In The Ash (Human-Mexico-40,000-YA)

    05/31/2008 12:25:17 PM PDT · by blam · 81 replies · 407+ views
    Science News ^ | 5-29-2008 | Sid Perkins
    Footprints in the ash By Sid PerkinsMay 29th, 2008Humans may have been walking around what is now central Mexico 40,000 years ago HUMAN PRINTSFootprints (one left) left in volcanic ash that fell in central Mexico’s Valsequillo Basin about 40,000 years could be evidence that humans have inhabited the Americas far longer than previously confirmed. Laser scans of the prints (right) confirm their human origins, the researchers report today at the American Geophysical Union meeting. Footprints left in volcanic ash that fell in central Mexico’s Valsequillo Basin about 40,000 years ago are evidence that humans have inhabited the Americas far longer...
  • Oldest Embryo Fossil Found

    05/28/2008 12:11:24 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 243+ views on Yahoo ^ | 5/28/08 | Jeanna Bryner
    An armored fish was about to become a mom some 380 million years ago. Though the primitive fish perished, its fossilized remains remarkably reveal an embryo and umbilical cord inside the soon-to-be mother's body. The discovery marks the oldest evidence of an animal giving live birth, pushing the known record of such reproduction back by some 200 million years. It also supports the idea that internal fertilization in vertebrates (animals with backbones) originated in a group of primitive fish. "When I first saw the embryo inside the mother fish, my jaw dropped," said researcher John Long, a paleontologist at Museum...