Pharyngula

I think this is rather awesome: a detailed examination of the Cambrian fossil Hallucigenia, specifically an examination of the fine structure of its claws, has revealed clear affinities of the long extinct form to this adorable little guy, the velvet worm.

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Comments

  1. #1 will tay
    uk
    August 19, 2014

    what a gorgeous thing

  2. #2 Carolyn
    NJ, US
    August 19, 2014

    That is so cool! I wrote a paper on Wonderful Life, the Stephen Jay Gould book about the Burgess Shale fossils, as a high school freshman. Sorting through the research and reception of it, trying to make heads or tails of it was my first introduction to the idea that scientists didn’t always agree. Hallucigenia has been engraved in my brain ever since.

  3. #3 Buddy
    August 20, 2014

    It’d be even more noteworthy were it not presented by a mentally incompetent author such as PZ Myers.

  4. #4 GregH
    August 20, 2014

    Buddy: Surely you’re not going to leave us hanging! I bet you have more to say, yes?

  5. #5 Rahul Luthra
    India
    August 21, 2014

    life science examination is fun. it is like taking a dip into a river of knowledge. thanks http://www.dewintermicroscope.com for providing me with the equipment

  6. #6 Buddy
    August 24, 2014

    More to say to a more pathetic and easily impressionable crowd… perish the thought, Greg.

    As I said: PZ Meyers is a mentally incompetent halfwit who suffers from a sheep minded mentality.

    He’s worthless.

  7. #7 Richard Dawkins
    August 25, 2014

    EVOLUTION- FACT OR BELIEF?
    by Laurence D Smart B.Sc.Agr., Dip.Ed., Grad.Dip.Ed

    PZ, what do some scientists, who are experts in their field of research, think of evolution?

    (1) LIFE ONLY COMES FROM LIFE, NOT NON-LIFE.
    (Announcer – Peter Wilders)
    Spontaneous generation was disproved by the scientific method despite scientists objections.
    Viking Lander I & II showed that there isn’t life on Mars.
    There is no concrete proof that life evolved.

    (2) THE FOSSILS DO NOT PROVE EVOLUTION.
    (Interviewed Scientist – Dr Roberto Fondi – Palaeontologist).
    Many eminent scientists don’t believe that evolution occurred.
    Life beginning with single cells hasn’t been proved.
    All groups appear suddenly without ancestors.
    Possible transition fossils are rare and questionable. They should be abundant.
    Real fossil transitions do not exist.
    The evolution of humans from Australopithecus should not be accepted.

    (3) MOLECULAR BIOLOGY DOES NOT PROVE EVOLUTION.
    (Interviewed Scientist – Dr Guiseppe Sermonti – Microbiologist/Geneticist).
    Mutation & natural selection have not been shown to cause evolution.
    Present organisms are assumed to has come from similar extinct creatures.
    Organisms have always been complex.
    A single cell is already complex (eg bacteria).
    Biochemical evolution has never taken place.
    No evidence that humans evolved from primitive animals.

    (4) GEOLOGY DOES NOT SUPPORT EVOLUTION.
    (Interviewed Scientist – Guy Berthault – Sedimentologist).
    Fossil trees 12m tall are found vertical in layers of rock.
    Underwater sediment can form in thick banks.
    Parts of banks are the same age.
    Mount St Helens formed 200m of sediment in a few hours.
    Mount St Helens formed a canyon 60m wide & 30m deep.
    Sedimentary rocks don’t take millions of years to form.
    Joints represent drying cracks, not new deposits.
    Sediment only hardens 300m below the sea bed.
    Strata do not give an indication of rock age.
    Strata can’t be used to date rocks or fossils.

    (5) RADIOMETRIC DATING DOES NOT ACCURATELY DATE ROCKS.
    (Interviewed Scientist – Dr Edward Bourdreaux – Physical Organic Chemist).
    Rocks & stone fossils don’t contain Carbon-14.
    Uranium dating is only theoretical as it is based on 3 assumptions.
    Radio-dating by other elements is no more reliable.
    Radio-dates of rocks from modern volcanoes are totally inaccurate.
    Moon dust thickness does not agree with the radio-dated age of moon rocks.
    Big Bang is an evolutionary hypothesis.

    (6) GENETICS DOES NOT SUPPORT EVOLUTION.
    (Interviewed Scientist – Dr Maciej Giertych – Geneticist).
    Evolution’s ‘evidence’ is not supported by science..
    The belief in mutations and natural selection causes scientists to image evolution..
    No beneficial mutations have been observed..
    The variety within a species comes from the mixing of genes during reproduction..
    Changes come from the selection of genes, not the formation of new genes.
    Evolution can only be proved by the formation of new genes..
    Genetic information requires an intelligence, not random chance.
    Molecular biology shows that DNA must have been in existence from the beginning.

    The Overall Conclusions.
    (1) Evolution is a philosophy, not a science.
    (2) Evolution is not even an acceptable hypothesis.
    (3) Life could be measured in thousands of years, if evolution is ignored.
    (4) Evolution is a fairytale for adults.

    PWNED
    have a nice day dumbass

  8. #8 Buddy
    August 25, 2014

    Richard Dawkins:

    Now that’s funny. Wrong, but funny.

    Funny in both how wrong the post is, but also because of how if PZ Myers weren’t such an idiot with an asshole attitude, there’d be less people like this poster.

    But yes, PZ Myers is a dumbass regardless.

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