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Donald R. Prothero

in For the Rock Record

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780520257580
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943711 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520257580.003.0004
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The books of the intelligent design (ID) creationists are filled with examples and critiques of evolution from a biological or philosophical perspective, but they pointedly avoid discussing the fossil record or its implications. The longest and most widely read ID book mentions paleontology only in a few paragraphs (focusing mostly on a common misinterpretation of the Cambrian Explosion). When one looks at the contributors and critical reviewers of ID textbooks such as Of Pandas and People, it is clear why they are almost silent about fossils. The little bit that ID creationists write about the fossil record shows that they have no firsthand training in collecting or interpreting fossils, because they rehash old myths and misconceptions from young-Earth creationism literature. This essay examines myths and misconceptions about the fossil record, focusing on fossil mammals (including horses, camels, whales, manatees, elephants, and rhinos).

Keywords: intelligent design; creationism; paleontology; fossils; mammals; horses; camels; whales; manatees; elephants

Chapter.  7873 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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