How much is a fossil, such as this Triceratops skeleton, worth? Why is it worth that much? Who knew that fossils could be big business? After all, if fossils such as Stan can sell for $32 million, then there is certainly money to be made in the sale of fossils. However, this is not a… Continue reading Why Did Stan Sell for $32 million, or What is a Fossil Worth?
Stan as he appeared in the museum at the Black Hills Institute. This photograph was taken from a commentary, Benefits of Fossil Sales, by Peter Larson and Donna Russell, which can be found at https://palaeo-electronica.org/content/2014/739-commentary-benefits-of-fossil-sales. I am a little behind on this, but I wanted to talk a little bit about it. About twenty days… Continue reading The Most Expensive Fossil Ever
A West Indian Manatee and its calf. While often identified with Florida, manatee fossils have been found in Texas. Today, manatees can be found in the United States. They are primarily found in Florida, along the coasts and in some rivers. They prefer warm water, which is why they are primarily found in Florida, but… Continue reading Ice Age Manatees in Texas
Open up this amazing document of petrified wood by Doc Rock (Jerry Simmons) whitney-petrified-wood-pp-exportDownload
This handsome little reptile is a tuatara. It is found exclusively on islands off the coasts of New Zealand. In science fiction, it is common to show “alien” creatures with varying numbers of eyes. After all, all vertebrates that we know of have two eyes, what better way to make an unfamiliar creature by giving… Continue reading A Vertebrate with Three Eyes?
Scientists labor long hours to discover new things. What should we do with their discoveries? I teach an introductory biology course at Barclay college. The textbook that I use has the following to say about science: [S]cientific findings are “value neutral.” Science, in its ideal form, provides us with facts that are independent of subjective… Continue reading “Follow the Science”…
A Diplodocus model in a driveway. Do dinosaurs have anything to do with quantum mechanics? According to one movie, there is a relationship. Let us see what this relationship is, if there is one. In the movie, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, one of the characters references a scientific principle that is not very well… Continue reading Dinosaurs and… Quantum Mechanics?
Skeletal reconstruction of a Lystrosaurus on display at Muséum national d'histoire naturelle, Paris. Taken from Wikimedia Commons, photograph by FunkMonk. In my last post, I talk a little bit about how creationists and evolutionists can agree on things. I do not want to give the impression that creationists should abandon the Bible, the basis of… Continue reading Hibernation Before the Flood?
As creationists, it is not surprising that we stand opposed to evolution. After all, these two ideologies are diametrically opposed to one another. Creationists believe that the earth is around 6,000 years old, evolutionists believe that the earth is 4.5 billion years old. Creationists believe that creatures were created according to distinct groups, evolutionists believe… Continue reading Creationists and Evolutionists can Agree on Things