If found to be true, complex life could be as much as 500 million years older than previously thought. When life began on Earth is still somewhat of a mystery so any fossil that sheds light on the origin and evolution of life is a significant find!
A great article from brainpickings.org, on ways to detect bullshit and fortify your ability to think critically. An inoculation against baloney. A must-read in my opinion. Taken from Carl Sagan’s “The Demon-haunted World“.
The linked article by John Rennie in Scientific American was originally published in 2002 but it hasn’t lost any of its actuality nor has it been refuted by creationists. Creationist arguments also haven’t changed significantly since then, demonstrating how they are simply unable to formulate an opposing theory to evolution. I’ve also written some answers to creationists nonsense earlier on this blog and have also explored if creationism is plausible.
New Scientist has an article announcing that a team of the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich has found a plausible way to generate the two purine nucleosides, adenosine and guanosine – A and G in the genetic code. This is a big step to explaining how RNA may have formed spontaneously on the primordial Earth.
RNA molecules are thought to be some of the earliest self-replicators that led to life. Now their building blocks have been made to self-assemble in a lab
An excellent article by Dan Wall, over on northierthanthou, about Christian apologists making up rumours about Christopher Hitchens maybe having a deathbed conversion. We’ve been hearing about this since Charles Darwin supposedly had one. Anyway, over to Dan.
Well, this research certainly explains something about why debates with theists are usually pointless. If they don’t engage their analytical potential…