Denyse O'Leary is the News blogger for Uncommon Descent
Human evolution

Ceprano man disappears

Turns up as Heidelberg man. At MSNBC, Jennifer Viegas reports that (5/4/2011) “Heidelberg Man links humans, Neanderthals: Study of 400,000-year-old fossil may shed light on what species looked like”: The determination is based on the remains of a single Heidelberg Man (Homo heidelbergensis) known as “Ceprano,” named after the town near Rome, Italy, where his Read More…

Evolution Plants

Why call it a phylogenetic tree … ?

… when it gets uprooted this often? From ScienceDaily (“Ancestors of Land Plants Revealed”, May 2, 2011), It was previously thought that land plants evolved from stonewort-like algae. However, new research published in BioMed Central’s open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology shows that the closest relatives to land plants are actually conjugating green algae such Read More…

Origin Of Life

Origin of life: Murchison meteorite lobbed from asteroid “chemical factory”

“Asteroids make life’s raw materials” by Michael Marshall asks (New Scientist, 04 May 2011), offering as much evidence as can be mustered from the Murchison meteorite: The asteroid in question fell to Earth on 28 September 1969, landing on the outskirts of the village of Murchison in Victoria, Australia. Tests showed it was laced with amino Read More…

Mathematics

Wanted: Mathemagician to work with extremely large values of 1 …

About this odd recent job posting (math fix for neo-Darwinism), Doug Axe at Biologic Institute offers “Oxford seeks mathemagician” (May 5th, 2011): Scientists employ different rhetorical strategies to accomplish different things. That shouldn’t be surprising, perhaps, but for some it is. The reason is that while the public is very familiar with rhetorical shiftiness in Read More…

science education

Lobby group ratchets up the momentum to repeal Louisiana’s “critical thinking in science” bill

… via Important NameTM endorsements to repeal the 2008 Louisiana Science Education Act ( critical thinking in science education) not to be confused with the 42 Nobel laureates a couple of weeks ago. Repeal would be via SB70. Here’s Barbara Forrest’s op-ed in support of repeal. UD readers will remember Forrest as the “ID expert” Read More…

Intelligent Design Mathematics

Oxford mathematician John Lennox on the chances of life developing without a supermind to guide it

Here at MercatorNet, William West asks, “Has science buried God?” and answers, “No, far from it, an Oxford professor insists” (5 May 2011). He is reviewing the work of serious Christian Oxford mathematician and ID sympathizer John Lennox. Lennox goes through all the theories put forward to give credence to the idea that all of Read More…

Atheism Christian Darwinism

He said it: Can you pronounce “creatheism” right?

If so, maybe you are a Christian Darwinist and didn’t know it. Michael Dowd, impresario of the thirty-three ring circus around Christian Darwinism, describes his own position as “creatheism”: CREATHEISM: a concept introduced in the early 21st century, grounded in an empirical understanding of the nested emergent nature of divine creativity. For creatheists “God” is Read More…

Evolution Genomics

Genome duplication and the limits of evolution

“Genome Duplication Encourages Rapid Adaptation of Plants” (ScienceDaily, May 4, 2011) While nearly all animals have two sets of chromosomes — one set inherited from the maternal parent and the other inherited from the paternal parent — many plants are polyploids, meaning they have four or more chromosome sets. “Some botanists have wondered if polyploids Read More…