Archive for February, 2013
The human appendix has long been touted as scientific evidence for evolution−popularized by Charles Darwin. In The Descent of Man (1871), Darwin argued “With respect to the alimentary canal I have met with an account of only a single rudiment, namely the vermiform appendage [appendix] of the caecum… Not only is it useless, but it is sometimes the cause of death”
More than 150 years later, a remnant of Darwin’s argument has survived. Laura Spinney writing for the Richard Dawkins Foundation in an article entitled “Five things Humans No Longer Need” (2007) claims Continue Reading
Amazingly, Darwin’s enigma has continued to remain unresolved for more than 150 years since the publication of The Origin of Species in 1859.
Last month, Princeton University convened the largest international conference of leading origin of life scientists at the Princeton Center for Theoretical Science (PCTS). Representatives from Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Mexico and Japan joined American colleagues to for the purpose of unraveling the seeming persistent plague on biological evolution−the origin of life. Continue Reading
Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln were born this week on the very same day, February 12, 1809 –more than 200 years ago. Today, while both are honored on their countries’ paper currency, Lincoln on the U.S. five-dollar bill and Darwin on the English ten-pound note they were born into two different worlds, with two different destinies.
Lincoln was born in a one-room Kentucky log cabin. Darwin was born in a legendary estate – The Mount. Lincoln was destined to free the American slaves; Darwin was destined to intellectually free minds from a divine creation. Continue Reading
In January paleontologist Pascal Godefroit of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences in Belgium published a paper in Nature a new fossil record discovery that defies, once again, long-held theories on the dinosaur to bird evolution.
In Liaoning Province located in north-east China, the team led by Godefroit in cooperation with a research team from the Jilin University Geological Museum in China undermines the pivotal position of Archaeopteryx – the bird that was once thought to be the original or “first bird.”
Archaeopteryx actually means the “ancient wing.” Continue Reading