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How Long do Fossils Take to Form?
The study of fossils and the associated rocks in which they are preserved gives us information about ancient conditions in which organisms lived, called paleoenvironments, and the pathways leading to their fossilization.
Questioning the age of “Mitochondrial Eve?”
Confirmation that fathers may sometimes pass mitochondrial DNA to their children violates the assumptions used to calculate the age of the most recent female common ancestor of all living humans.
Prolonged milk provisioning in a jumping spider
A jumping spider has been discovered to produce a kind of milk to nourish its babies, in a manner similar to what mammals do.
Our Miraculous Planet Earth
This article explores the Bible’s teaching on God’s wonderful creation and examines whether our miraculous planet Earth was created relatively recently or some time before the Creation week got underway.
What a Wood Warbler Can Tell us About “Filling the Earth”
Hybridization among wood warblers suggests “filling the earth” through dispersal, speciation and adaptation to local habitats.
Mr. Potato Head and Evolutionary Anomalies
Much effort has been expended in attempts to arrange living organisms in a pattern based on genealogy. However, a tree-like pattern is not as evident as evolutionary theory would predict.
Caenorhabditis elegans as a Model to Understand the Role of Epigenetic Heritage in Microevolution
In recent decades, epigenetics has been shown to be a promising field of research, since it describes changes in inheritance patterns that do not involve DNA modifications and are related to interactions between the organism and the environment. Epigenetic marks are chemical changes that occur in chromosomes and result in the silencing or activation of specific genes in different tissues. It has been…
Modern Bird Lung Design Documented in Rapidly Buried Fossil
A fossil bird recovered from Cretaceous lake deposits in China shows preservation of some soft tissues, including a pair of lungs that appear to have functioned in a way similar to those of living birds.
What Makes the Whole More Than the Sum of Its Parts?
A living being is more than the collection of the multitude of organic components of which it is made.
Rapid Bedrock Incision by Water Stream Outburst: The Case of the Oroville Dam (California, USA)
New observational data on the phenomenon of rapid bedrock erosion became recently available after the well documented events that affected the Oroville Dam in February 2017.
“When Death Was Not Yet": The Testimony of Biblical Creation
The biblical view of death is essentially different from the one proposed by evolution. While the belief in evolution implies that death is inextricably intertwined with life and therefore has to be accepted and eventually managed, the biblical teaching of creation implies that death is an absurdity to be feared and rejected. Published in Dialogue 30/3.
Some Things We Can Know
Those who study historical topics such as origins often face questions for which no easy answers are evident. Published in Origins, v. 65.
The Grand Staircase
In Utah and northern Arizona is a unique geological landscape feature, called the Grand Staircase. Imagine a staircase with each step a thousand feet or more high, and many miles wide. We will discuss hypotheses in regard to how this feature was formed. Published in Origins, v. 65.
Similar Plan, Similar Response: The Biblical Narration of Planetary Beginnings at Creation and after the Flood
Genesis narrates God’s instructions to humans and their response to these instructions after two planetary beginnings: creation (Gen 1: 28-3:21) and the flood (Gen 9:1-27). This article examines linguistic and thematic parallelisms found in the two passages. Published in Origins, v. 65.
Spotlight: The Fossil “Forests" of Yellowstone National Park
Two contributions are included in this segment (A Chemist's Perspective of the Yellowstone Petrified “Forests," by C. Webster; The Explanation for the “Yellowstone Fossil Forests," an Uncompleted Research Project, by L. Brand). They are intended to generate renewed interest on a valuable research topic. Published in Origins, v. 65.
Pterosaurs of the Triassic: An Update
This post complements an article that was written in 2014. Since then, there have been some interesting developments in the area of Triassic pterosaurs that are worth mentioning, the most important being the recent description by Britt et al. (2018) of a Triassic pterosaur from the Nugget Sandstone of Utah.
What Adventists Have to Share with the Scientific Community
Only if Christians can be trusted in areas scientists know, will they be trusted in areas scientists don’t know.
Sand Dunes of the Sahara: How Should We Relate Scripture to Earth Science Questions?
A Christian scientist, while accepting the testimony of Scripture about God’s past intervention in Earth’s history, can still keep an open mind toward aspects of the geologic record that are unusual and different.
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