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Experts: Fossil find exciting but lacks significanceNASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Despite energetic media coverage hailing it as the "missing link," the fossil remains of a purportedly 47-million-year-old animal found in Germany lack any real significance in the debate over the origin of mankind, in the view of two experts.
Nicknamed "Ida," the discovery was made in 1983 by private fossil collectors but didn't make headlines until recent days with the rollout of a History Channel documentary called "The Link," which will air May 25.The pitch of Ida as the missing link is "full-out sensationalism by people who are bypassing the scientific community with a direct-to-the-public appeal on behalf of Darwinism."Kurt Wise, who earned a Ph.D. in paleontology from Harvard University under the supervision of evolutionist Stephen Jay Gould, said he could only comment on the basis of information in news reports.
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"It is always exciting to find a well-preserved fossil, especially of something as rarely preserved as a juvenile primate," Wise wrote in a statement to Baptist Press. "The Messel site has generated a large number of spectacular fossils. Although the sediments seem to have been from a lake, it is an unusual one, somehow allowing remarkable preservation of animals both of the lake and the land.
"The unusual conditions of the Messel lake were probably created by a combination of global warmth (a much warmer earth than that of the present day) and the presence of active supervolcanoes (much larger than any known today) -- both a consequence (I believe) of the earth recovering from the effects of Noah's Flood," Wise, professor of science and theology and director of the Center for Science and Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said.
Ida is about the size of a small cat, with four legs and a long tail, the Associated Press reported. It also is considered the best preserved fossil ever found for a primate, even featuring stomach contents consisting of fruit and leaves. Scientists estimate the creature died at about 9 months of age. Read More
NAMB adds 89 to missions serviceJACKSON, Miss. (BP)--You can't help but be drawn in by Sarah Ferguson's big smile and friendly personality. She easily starts a conversation with whoever is close by and it doesn't take long before she's talking about her ministry to New Jersey commuters whose long hours en route to and from work in New York City take a toll on family life. Read More
W.Va. flash floods trigger Baptist DRGILBERT, W.Va. (BP)--In the wake of flash floods that washed away rural roads and even mountainsides over six southern West Virginia counties on Mother's Day weekend, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief feeding units and mud-out crews remain ... Read More
REVIEW: 'Angels & Demons': Best-selling author Dan Brown 'selling a theology'
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--Six years after "The Da Vinci Code" first dominated the bestseller lists, suspense novelist Dan Brown continues to clean up in box offices and bookstores. Read More
REVIEW: 'Angels & Demons': Book raises questions; Bible has the answers
[IMGONLY=25332@left@100]FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--With the movie premier of "Angels & Demons," some Christians are wondering whether to see it. Other Christians do not plan to view it but are wondering what religious questions people may ask who do see the movie.
Interestingly, Angels & Demons has almost nothing to do with angels and demons! Except for some angel statues cryptically pointing out the next clue, the title of the movie and book is more metaphorical than substantial. The movie an... Read More
OPEN LETTER: Hunt issues challenge to all Southern Baptists
Dear Southern Baptist Convention Family,
Thank you for the trust that you placed in my leadership last year at our National Convention. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Right time for a Great Commission Refocus
ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--There are some moments in life that stay with you. One of those moments for me was when I was praying through the call to come to the North American Mission Board and accept the role as president. Read More