Pharyngula

Lucky Houston gets Lucy

The state department has approved a visit from an eminent foreigner: a certain 3.2 million year old australopithicene is going to be at the Houston Museum of Natural Science from 31 August 2007 through 20 April 2008…and then she’s going on tour. Future locations haven’t been determined yet, but Minneapolis is nice. Chicago would be OK. I hope I get a chance to pay court on her.

Just a thought, but the creationists have got it all wrong. They think we worship Charles Darwin, but actually, if there are any objects of reverence among evolutionary biologists, it would be the evidence — the bones of Lucy, of Archaeopteryx, of Tiktaalik, the little trilobite in shale that I keep by my hand at my office desk.

Comments

  1. #1 Torbjörn Larsson, OM
    June 28, 2007

    if there are any objects of reverence among evolutionary biologists, it would be the evidence

    Evidence is good in theory, but in fact it is awesome ideas and their predictions that moves me.

    But I’m not sure reverence is the correct interpretation there – nothing is as satisfying than giving an old idea a kick on its behind, or booting it altogether.

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