Variation Within the Human Kind

Well that was fast: in the form of New African Fossil Confirms Early Human Variations Brian Thomas already has an article on the new Homo rudolfensis fossils. The standard creationist strategy when it comes to hominin fossils is to obfuscate, claim that all fossils can be neatly divided into ‘human’ and ‘ape,’ and then obfuscate again for good measure. Insinuating the possibility of fraud by bringing up past examples, claiming deceit or other bad practise in the fossil discovery and excavation, and arguing that this or that trait cannot be determined from the evidence are all tactics that play a role in the obfuscation. Thomas’ new article is textbook, except that he doesn’t seem to want to be completely pinned down over which side of the divide the new fossils lie on.

The cover of the August 9, 2012 issue of the journal Nature featured the reconstructed face of newly-discovered human-like fossil bones described by Meave Leakey and colleagues in their report.

Indeed it did, or close enough anyway: Continue reading

The Design and Complexity of the Cell

Jeff Tomkins has a new book out.* It’s called The Design and Complexity of the Cell, and a few of the ICR’s other luminaries have also contributed to it. The last article (both that I will cover on its own and also literally in the magazine) in the August Acts & Facts reproduces Tomkins’ introduction to the book.

*Technically I think his latest is More Than A Monkey, but that’s not what’s being hyped here. I considered buying that latter book but the shipping costs were higher than the price of the book itself – I need to get a kindle. Continue reading