The final session of FtBCon 3 will be taking place at 7pm Central, in about 45 minutes. Stop by to say goodbye at the final wrap.
Hint for science journalists: if the hook to get readers to pay attention to your story is to warn them to sit down because a 19th century “law” of evolution has been shown to be wrong, you’re going to irritate scientists, who will then write rude blog posts sneering at your writing. That’s the case with this story titled
The Wrists of Birds Reveal Evolution Undoing Itself, which is also subtitled
Contrary to earlier claims, a new study shows that evolution may be reversible.
It’s describing a paper on the re-emergence of a wrist bone in birds, and it touts Dollo’s Law.
The 19th-century biologist Louis Dollo taught that evolution is irreversible; once a structure is lost, that pathway is closed forever. It’s a principle now known as Dollo’s law.
Eric Hovind is offering an online biology course. He has no qualifications in the subject, is demonstrably ignorant of biology, and the online materials look pathetic. Here’s his promotional video, in which we learn that teaching biology somehow involves popping balloons with a blow gun and learning how to cook crack cocaine.