December 9, 2022

Month: March 2019

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Scorpio Rising

I’m involved with the Phylogeny Explorer Project because I’m fascinated by the systematic classification of life-forms. A few days ago, I posted how I and a few paleontologists once thought that turtles weren’t really reptiles; that they might be the last surviving lineage of Permian para-reptiles, but that subsequent discoveries proved us wrong. However years before […]

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An Infidel Reads the Qur’an – Chapter 18

My first post about reading the Qur’an was on Chapters 1 & 2. My second post and first video chat was on Chapters 96, 68 & 73. My third post and second video chat was on Chapters 74, 111 & 81. My fourth post and third video was on Chapters 87, 92, 89, 93, 94 & 103. Though I will now refer […]

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What are turtles?

The classification of turtles is one of the oldest and most contentious debates in taxonomy. What are they? Meaning, what is their phylogeny? Not “how did they evolve?” (we’ve figured that out now, I think) but “what did they evolve from?” Several years ago, I gave a presentation making some predictions about how future fossils […]

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