The original question was: I have read your report on ‘fossil leaves found in a UK stalagmite’ less than 100years old. I need to know if your duplication of these actually produced fossils or just imprints in the limestone, which is not really a fossil, is it? This question relates to two articles on the […]
Answer by Diane Eager and John Mackay High School text books back in the 1990’s introduced a diagram showing the evolutionary history of whales that is still in the minds of most people. A dog like creature (Mesoynchid) somehow evolved into a semi-aquatic walking creature called Ambulocetus which further evolved tail flukes like a whale, […]
Answer by Diane Eager and John Mackay Here is a typical description of horse evolution from the Natural History Museum in Oxford UK (2016): “The evolutionary origins of the modern horse can be trace back to the beginning of the Eocene period, around 55 million years ago. At that time the first horse, Hyracotherium, was […]
Answer by Diane Eager Homo floresiensis is the scientific name given to bones found in a cave on the Indonesian island of Flores initially in 2003. Since then more bones have been found and the creature has been nicknamed “The Hobbit” due to its small stature, about 3 feet tall, and its small head. As […]
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Answer by Bob Powell One of the great debates in understanding the nature of earth’s geology is whether the huge volumes of sedimentary rocks covering some 70 percent of the planet’s surface formed fast or slow. This debate has often been portrayed as catastrophist vs uniformitarian, where the uniformitarian theorizers (based on Charles Lyell) are […]
Answer by John Mackay How are fossils formed? Firstly let us clear up one thing: many people confuse the words fossilised and petrified. A fossil is any remains of an animal or plant or trace of it, such as a footprint or even only a chemical residue, so any clue that some form of life […]
NEW APE MAN? Is the discovery of Homo naledi in South Africa evidence for apes evolving into humans?
Answer by Diane Eager and John Mackay First of all we need to consider what was found. In 2013 cave explorers found a large number of bones deep in the Rising Star cave system in South Africa. Anthropologist Lee Berger then recruited a team of scientists with caving experience to excavate over 1500 bones and […]
COAL: If earth’s many coal seams formed slowly in swamps, isn’t the world is too old for the Biblical record to be literal?
Answer by Bob Powell Conventional theory states that coal formation is associated with a swamp environment that was slowly covered by sediment and then compressed over millions of years. It is estimated that for 1 foot (30cm) of coal to form took 20 feet (6m) of vegetative swamp material, called peat, to be compacted by […]
The original question was: I have read and watched Professor Neeland’s material on your site about life spans of various molecules. What does he have to say about scientific claims we can extract detectable DNA from material hundreds of thousands to millions of years old? What is a reliable lifespan for intact DNA? And what […]