No Kin to Bigfoot

The relatively topical Your Origins Matter (where’s their Pat Robertson coverage?) has a post up about the Ketchum bigfoot DNA business. While creationists are generally quite fond of cryptids, maintaining a errant belief that the discovery of a dinosaur or the Loch Ness Monster would somehow disprove evolution, they take the complete opposite view on bigfoot. Accordingly, YOM dismisses the reports as being “big on hype but lean on facts,” which is true – though it’s worth remembering that Dr Ketchum’s hand has apparently been forced by a fellow researcher “spilling the beans,” and wasn’t originally planning to release the results at this point.

Most interesting about the YOM article is how they frame the issue, writing:

There seems to be an effort to lower mankind to the level of animals and to elevate animals to the level of man. Why is that so?

Yes, everything is about creationism vs evolution.

You can find some much better commentary on this story at Sharon Hill’s Doubtful News site, along with Steven Novella and Ben Radford’s pieces.

The Extinction of the Megafauna

It’s another quicky of a DpSU today. It’s called Did Humans Cause Dinosaur Extinctions? and argues that humans could have been the cause of the extinction of the dinosaurs in the same way as we have recently killed off a subspecies of the Black Rhino. He says:

This confirms what researchers generally observe about the extinction of species: The primary cause is interaction with humans. When mankind moves into an area, some of the first animals to face destruction are those that are the most threatening, such as the megafauna. Thus, recent centuries have seen the demise of such giants as Haast’s eagle and the moa, a giant flightless bird.

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