Monday, February 18, 2013

First nominee for the 2013 Golden Crocoduck

Adnan Oktar uses the pen name Harun Yahya. Adnan Oktar/Harun Yahya is a Muslim creationist.

The Golden Crocoduck is awarded every year for the biggest breach of the ninth commandment in pursuit of the creationist cause. Voting is in September, and the winner is announced on October 28, the feast day of St. Jude Thaddeus, patron saint of lost causes


On the changed morphology of the coelocanth:

"Patterns, trends, and rates of evolution within the Actinistia"
Richard Cloutier, Environmental Biology of Fishes,1991

"Major histocompatibility complex class I genes of the coelacanth"
Latimeria chalumnae
Betz et al., Proc. Nati. Acad. Sci., 1994

On the morphological and genetic differences between modern and late pleistocene wolves:

"Megafaunal Extinctions"
and the Disappearance
of a Specialized Wolf Ecomorph
Jennifer A. Leonard et al., Current Biology, 2007

There were too many illustrations in The Atlas of Creation to highlight in this short video, but I did look at a few in detail, and they all showed clear evidence of evolution.

See also "The rapid evolution of the tuatara", Nature 27 March 2008, which shows the tuatare has a very high rate of genetic evolution, despite being thought to have changed very little.

"The Origin and Early Evolution of Turtles" -- Olivier Rieppel and Robert R. Reisz, Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics, 1999 belies The Atlas of Evolution claim about the non-evolution of turtles.

"Evolution of the Freshwater Eels", Aoyama and Tsukamoto, Naturwissenschaften, 1997, shows how eels evolved in Indonesia and diversified worldwide.

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