Meller's Chameleon, the largest lizard from continental Africa (there are large chameleons in Madagascar). Chameleons are extraordinary lizards. These arboreal insectivores (tree-living insect eating animals) are also fairly familiar lizards, that appear as pets, in movies, shows, and books, plus they are famous for a couple of traits. It turns out, however, that chameleons are… Continue reading Chameleons: Amazing Lizards
As we end the Thanksgiving weekend and start moving into Christmas, let us reflect a moment on the humble turkey. We mostly know of turkey as standard holiday fare and less as an actual bird (unless you live on or grew up on a farm, in which case turkeys probably represent chores). How did this… Continue reading A Little Bit About Turkeys
Overhead view of Styracosaurus albertensis skull. From Robert Holmes and Anthony Russell (2007) "A revision of the Late Campanian centrosaurine ceratopsid Stryacosaurus from the Western Interior of North America" Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 27(4): 944-962. A description of a new Styracosaurus skull came out just today.i Styracosaurus is one of the more familiar ceratopsians. The… Continue reading A New Skull of Styracosaurus
In the last post, I mentioned the Ice Age Room at Heart of America's museum. I thought that I would talk a little bit about the Ice Age. Like many past events in history, the Ice Age is often associated with deep time and long ages. It is the most recent event, being the last… Continue reading The Ice Age
A sketch of what the new entrance to the Heart of America museum would look like. Have you heard about Giving Tuesday? It is one of the several string of days that have been created to follow Black Friday. Black Friday, as you probably know, is a day many businesses have major sales for their… Continue reading Giving Tuesday: Help us Build the Museum
Today and tomorrow, Heart of America is hosting Rick Khol who is presenting on How We Got the Bible. Why is a science resource center focusing on the Bible? Do we think that the Bible is a science textbook that must be read in order to understand science? The short answer to that question is,… Continue reading The Bible and Science
Have you ever gone through a period in your life that was confusing, when you didn't know what God was doing or why God was working in your life the way He was? We may be able to gain some insight and encouragement by looking at the chrysalis, the intermediate stage between the caterpillar and… Continue reading The Chrysalis
Do you know the difference between an alligator and a crocodile? There are a few differences. As a whole, alligators have shorter, broader snouts while crocodiles have snouts that range between long and skinny to short and broad. Crocodiles are tolerant of saltwater, there are even some species that are primarily found in salt or… Continue reading Alligators and Crocodiles…what’s the difference?
I read an article recently by David Weintraub titled “How Will Our Religions Handle the Discovery of Alien Life?”i While it is tempting to delve right into that question and try to answer, “How would (or how should) Christians handle the discovery of alien life?”, I am going to do something different. I am going… Continue reading Alien Life?
What does the word “scientific” mean? Clearly, “scientific” is derived from “science,” and the latter can be defined as a process for testing and evaluating hypotheses through controlled experiments that can be verified or copied by others. To put it in really simple terms, something is scientific if it is testable and repeatable. While testability… Continue reading Scientific?