Friday, May 16, 2008

N - Nature rallies for evolution

Between now and the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth on 12 February 2009 science academies and societies should summarise evidence for evolution on their websites and take every opportunity to promote it, a Nature editorial says. Resources to help include the US National Academy of Sciences’ updated booklet Science, Evolution, and Creationism (www.nap.edu/sec). And the palaeontologist Kevin Padian destroys the false assertions by creationists that there are critical gaps in the fossil record in a court testimony (www.sciohost.org/ncse/kvd/Padian/Padian_transcript.html). Darwin’s complete works are online at http://darwin-online.org.uk. Creationism is strong in the United States and rising in Europe (http://assembly.coe.int/Main.asp?link=/Documents/WorkingDocs/Doc07/EDOC11297.htm). (Nature 2008;451:108; doi: 10.1038/451108b)

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