Special Darwin Day Lecture - Evolution: What the Fossils Say
Among the greatest distortions and misunderstandings about evolution are the creationist attacks on the fossil record, and whether it provides evidence for evolution. In this talk, geologist and paleontologist Donald Prothero will review some of the amazing discoveries that have been made recently showing remarkable "transitional fossils" that documents the evolution of one group of animals from another. He also will take a broader look at the issues of creationism in the United States.
Prothero taught college geology and paleontology for 37 years at Caltech, Columbia, Vassar, and other colleges. He earned his B.A. in geology and biology from UC-Riverside and two Master's degrees and a doctorate in geological sciences from Columbia University. The author of more than 35 books (including Abominable Science! about which he discussed at CFI-L.A. before), and 300 scientific papers, mostly on the evolution of fossil mammals and on using the earth's magnetic field changes to date fossil-bearing strata, Prothero has been on the editorial boards of many scientific journals; received numerous fellowships; headed academic groups in geology and paleontology; conducted science tours; and received many awards in the field. He has been featured on numerous TV documentaries, including Walking with Prehistoric Beasts, Prehistoric Monsters Revealed and Creationism, as well as Jeopardy! and Win Ben Stein's Money.
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