Letter to Missouri’s ‘Christian’ parents

Letter to Missouri's 'Christian' parents
This letter is what I would write to Missouri parents who would want me as a science teacher to excuse their children from a teaching unit on evolution. For details about what that’s all about, read this article at Talking Points Memo. This is only a bill now in the Missouri legislature. For the purposes of this letter, I am assuming it’s become law. Dear parents, I understand that you would prefer your child not be required to attend class during our upcoming unit on evolution. Per the new law recently passed in the Missouri legislature, I am required to excuse your child from class. Please find enclosed the excuse slip with my signature. Your child will need to show this slip to the hall monitors during our science class period. Otherwise, his or her absence from class will be recorded as a cut, and after-school detention will be assigned. Please remind your child to carry the slip at all times. Now, I need to discuss other matters. Please pay close attention to the following remarks, as they have some bearing on your child’s success in this course. As you may be aware, evolution is one of the key foundations ...

Website lets you look deep, deep into your family tree

Website lets you look deep, deep into your family tree
JISHOU, HUNAN — If you feel as if your dog or cat is a member of the family, you’re right. You and your pet are very distant cousins. Very, very distant cousins. The Timetree of Life allows you to find out how long ago any two organisms had a common ancestor, also known as the Most Recent Common Ancestor (MRCA). You and your dog, Fido, have a common ancestor, a mammal that lived about 95 million years ago in the Cretaceous period. Fido and his feline pal, Fluffy, have an MRCA, a carnivore that was alive 55 million years ago. Humans’ closest cousin in the animal kingdom is the chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes). Our MRCA lived about 6.3 million years ago. Its descendants also included other members, now extinct, of the genus Homo and the genus Australopithecus. When he first proposed the theory of evolution, Charles Darwin surmised that every organism on Earth was descended from a common ancestor. Time, isolation and environmental pressures led different populations to diverge into new species. Until the development of genetic analysis, biologists relied on anatomical and behavioral similarities, as well as the fossil record, to judge how closely related two organisms are. Genetic research ...

Alabama has ancient cypress forest — 60 feet underwater!

JISHOU, HUNAN — Fishermen found it, then tipped off researchers. There’s a 50,000-year-old bald cypress forest just off the coast of Alabama, 60 feet underwater, which Hurricane Katrina apparently uncovered. Now, marine researchers have to race the clock before marine life colonizes the long-buried trees and destroys the otherwise pristine state of the site. Here’s a video of the underwater forest. (Link at Mobile Press-Register/www.al.com) Details are at livescience.com. Carbon dating places the age of the trees around 52,000 years old. The changing shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico probably covered the forest with sand about 18,000 years ago, cutting off oxygen and halting the rotting process. Now that the trees are exposed, they are again rotting and being used as food and shelter by marine life. I await the Young Earth Creationist explanation of how these trees sprouted 46,000 years before God created the Earth.

Speaking of pictures …

Check out this zoomable graphic showing the comparative sizes of tiny biological things, from the University of Utah Genetic Science Learning Center. [Hat tip to Little Green Footballs.]
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