Russell and Jen hosted today. For those of you not connected to any of us on Facebook and haven’t heard the news, Matt and Beth were burgled the other night (they’re fine), and so Matt decided to take the weekend off.
Post show correction from Russell:
Last night I told the first creationist caller that there are “millions of species of cockroaches.” I looked this up afterwards and I was a bit off. Various sources say that there are about 8.7 million known species of all plants and animals on earth, which in itself is a fairly staggering number to try to load onto a boat about the size of a 3-4 story building. However, the number of species of cockroach is only about 4,500. Which, if I had stated this accurately, would still have made the same point, but being three orders of magnitude off is a little embarrassing. 🙂
Cockroaches are arthropods, a phylum with contains all the various bugs including insects and spiders, and those numbers are pretty impressive, accounting for at least a few million species: about 80% of living animal species are arthropods. Diggin’ that ark life, am I right?