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Category: Biology

  • ‘Race mixing’ and animal hybrids—condemned by God?

    Terry S. submitted a comment on the article Breeding unicorns, claiming that God is opposed to “race mixing” and the hybridization of animals. We chose to publish here in order to give a thorough response. There is one thing that you … Continue reading

  • Activist challenges judges to redefine chimpanzees’ legal status

    by Warren Nunn If Steven Wise has his way, chimps will have quasi-human rights. Lawsuits on behalf of captive chimpanzees in America could be a turning point in how the judiciary adjudicates on animal rights. A group known as the Nonhuman … Continue reading

  • Giant Pterosaurs Flew Over Paluxy Dinosaur Tracks

    By: David Coppedge Recent dinosaur findings provide glimpses into the ecology of dinosaurs, with lessons for scientific inference. Paluxy River tracks Older creationists may remember the flap in the 1980s over alleged human tracks with dinosaur tracks in the Paluxy … Continue reading

  • Heard of Elephants?

    by Paula Weston The majestic elephant is perhaps the best known, and most admired, of the world’s wild animals. There are two main kinds of elephants: the African elephant (Loxodonta africana) and the Asian (Indian) elephant (Elephas maximus).1 The African elephant is … Continue reading

  • Body Wonders You Didn’t Know About

    By: David Coppedge Here’s a collection of new findings about the body that should make us all stand in awe of what our Creator has provided. Phenomenal smell sense:  The human nose can detect a trillion odors, Nature says, – and the … Continue reading

  • Bizarre Animal Discoveries

    By: David Coppedge Strange things have been coming to light about animals we knew and animals we didn’t; bizarre animals, and normal animals with bizarre traits. Ocean dandelion:  At The Conversation, Rebecca Helm was intrigued by the “ocean dandelion,” a creature … Continue reading

  • Mind-Boggling Complexity in the Fruit Fly Transcriptome

    by Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D. * The humble fruit fly that has been at the heart of genetic studies for nearly 100 years continues to amaze scientists and defy simplistic evolutionary predictions. A research team recently evaluated the diversity of gene … Continue reading

  • Cat Whiskers and Narwhal Tusks: Why Things Are

    By: David Coppedge In the animal world, unique features often have well-designed functions. Why cats whisk:  Cat whiskers are not just for looks, like a man’s beard and moustache.  In cats, mice and other mammals, they connect to sensitive neurons … Continue reading

  • Rescuing Dinosaur Soft Tissue from the Ravages of Time

    By: David Coppedge The reaction of scientists to irrefutable evidence for soft tissue in dinosaur bone sounds all too human: ignore, rant, rationalize; repeat. Blogger Jon Tennant, a grad student at Imperial College London studying vertebrate macroevolution, believes in ghosts.  … Continue reading

  • The Silky Anteater

    By: David Catchpoole In Trinidad, the silky anteater was for a time known as the ‘Poor-me-one’, meaning “Poor me, all alone”, as people thought it was the source of the sorrowful call of a human-sounding voice in the forests at … Continue reading

  • Enter the sea dragon

    by Paula Weston They look like floating leaves and seaweed, use an air bladder to move up and down in the water, and the males give birth to the young. So what are these amazing creatures? They are known as sea dragons, … Continue reading


    By: Paul Taylor Dr. Alice Roberts is Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham[1]. That’s Birmingham, England. This is a post similar to that once held at the University of Oxford by fundamentalist atheist Richard Dawkins. … Continue reading

  • Vegetarian Shark

    By: David Catchpoole Sharks must eat meat, right? Wrong! A 1.8-metre-long (6-ft) nurse shark at the Birmingham National Sea Life Centre (UK) has turned vegetarian. Since 2009, Florence (as her handlers call her) has shunned any form of meat or fish. Instead … Continue reading

  • David Attenborough’s Dawn of the Mammals

    by Russell Grigg In this Episode 2 of the TV series, Rise of Animals,1 Sir David Attenborough begins by telling viewers: “I am going to track the rise of a whole new branch of vertebrate life … a group that also contains … Continue reading

  • Exceptional Beauty and Design in Animals

    By: David Coppedge Here are four animals, some you probably never heard of, that deserve design awards for art and technology. Glimmering sea jewels:  Ever heard of sea sapphires?  You’ll be stunned by a video clip on The Conversation about these little … Continue reading

  • Wooly Mammoth Mystery Finally Solved

    by Jake Hebert, Ph.D. Researchers claim to potentially have solved the mystery of the wooly mammoth’s mass extinction.1 After drilling permafrost cores in Alaska, Canada, and northern Russia, a team led by Eske Willerslev of the University of Copenhagen analyzed DNA … Continue reading

  • Is the dog’s ‘collar bone’ vestigial?

    By: Phillip Bell In comparison to human beings, dogs have a rather different shoulder design, and the same applies to many other carnivorous and hoofed animals too, such as and cats and horses. The shoulder bones appear somewhat disconnected from … Continue reading

  • Coral: animal, vegetable and mineral

    By: Paula Weston The world’s coral reefs provide some of the most spectacular natural colour on the planet. Despite an appearance of simplicity, the tiny individuals that make up those reefs are some of the most complex in the living … Continue reading

  • The Human Being Is a Valuable Design

    By: David Coppedge There’s more amazing technology going on inside you than meets the eye.  Should not human life be honored and protected? You as a rose:  Before you were implanted in your mother’s womb, your embryo looked like a … Continue reading

  • Tree Crocodiles and Other Surprising Animals

    By: David Coppedge Scientists have a lot to learn about living animals before presuming to speak of long-lost extinct ones. Tree croc:  Scientists have confirmed anecdotal reports that some crocodiles and alligators can climb trees.  “When most people envision crocodiles … Continue reading