Skeleton of a platypus as seen from the underside. It is not mentioned in the text, but note how the rib cage is separate from the hips. That shows that the platypus has a diaphragm, a structure that is unique to mammals. Image modified from Griffiths, Mervyn (1988) "The Platypus" Scientific American 258(5): 84-91. To… Continue reading The Platypus, Part 2
A platypus. Photograph modified from an image found on Wikimedia Commons. Photograph by Maria Grist. Several posts ago, I wrote about placozoans, a unique type of simple animal. I began wondering, what is one of the more unusual animals? Something that when people learn about it, they think, "That thing is weird"? I also wanted… Continue reading The Platypus, Part 1
The mummy of Ramesses I as it on display in the Luxor Museum in Egypt. Photograph by Alyssa Bivins, obtained from Wikimedia Commons. The following is a quote from Wikipedia regarding Ramesses I: A mummy currently believed to be that of Ramesses I was stolen from Egypt and displayed in a private Canadian museum for… Continue reading On the Theft of a Mummy
It is not much to look at, but what you see above is a human-monkey chimera. Image taken from reference . I am a little behind the times on this one. Apparently, back in April of this year, scientists successfully created the first human-monkey chimeras. A chimera describes an organism that contains cells from different… Continue reading The Creation of a Human-Monkey Chimera
A Tyrannosaurus from the new Jurassic World: Dominion teaser. Note the fuzz on the Tyrannosaurus. It is especially notable on the back of the head. That fuzz is not due to blurriness (yes, the image is quite a bit blurry), but because it appears that this Tyrannosaurus has been given actual dino-fuzz. A new teaser… Continue reading Paleontological Accuracy vs. Evolutionary Accuracy
I have been mulling over a couple thoughts for a while. I decided to put them in the form of a document. That is what is seen below. Now, I have posted this a little differently than most things on this blog. Rather than putting the document as its own post, I have embedded it… Continue reading Two Thoughts Regarding Science and the Bible
Trichoplax adhaerens. An animal. This particular specimen is about 0.5 mm wide. Image from Eitel et al. (2013). See that seemingly shapeless blob of cells in the image above? That is the world's simplest animal. It is Trichoplax, a placozoan. Now, it might seem strange that I called Trichoplax a simple animal. After all, we… Continue reading A Simple Animal?
A creationist (on the right) and an evolutionist (on the left) having reasonable, thoughtful debate. Unfortunately, debating with someone from an opposing viewpoint can often end up like this. My last three posts had a common theme. It may have been subtle, but the theme was "returning to first principles." One post was about reinterpreting… Continue reading First Principles in Creation Apologetics
If you noticed that a person who is using his own observations and reasoning cannot be objective, then you have some understanding of the problem of skeptics critiquing the Bible. An article in the April 2017 issue of Scientific American has a very provocative title: "What Would It Take to Prove the Resurrection?" This article… Continue reading What Is Truth?
Genesis can be interpreted in a variety of ways, but what happens when we let the Bible speak for itself? I was reading Genesis 11 the other day, and I noticed an interesting, and concerning, note in my Bible. Genesis 11 basically consists of two parts. The first nine verses tell us of the Tower… Continue reading Taking Genesis for What it Says