Wednesday, July 27, 2016

New Laetoli footprints?

A cast of one of the original Laetoli footprints on display at the NMNH, Washington, DC
I just noticed a few interesting stories about an announcement from Tanzania that a second set of australopith tracks has been discovered about 60 meters from the original Laetoli footprint trails.  The Laetoli tracks were discovered in 1978 by a team led by Mary Leakey.  The trackways are about 90 feet long with about 70 prints.  The feet are small and the stride is short, and they are typically attributed to an australopith.  The prints were made in volcanic ash, and have been dated to 3.6 million radiometric years.

According to a report on AllAfrica,
The second major discovery is in several trails of footprints, located in one trackway, dated 3.7 million years' old of hominin footprints, about 60 metres from the first discovery of Dr Leakey in 1978.
According to this report on Coastweek, Tanzania wants to raise money to build a museum over the site.  There isn't much more information that I could find at this point.

I'll be very interested to see more details on these new prints.  I'm honestly not sure what to make of the original Laetoli prints.  Ten years ago, I would have said they were prints of australopiths, but since working on hominin baraminology, I'm not so sure we can tell the difference between human and australopith just from their footprints.  Certainly, habilissediba, and naledi humans probably had very different gaits from us modern humans (or even erectus humans).

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Monday, July 25, 2016

FREE abstract submissions for ICC2018

Some of you might remember my concerns about the new $25 submission fee for the 2018 International Conference on Creationism.  Well, we came up with a pretty good idea for CBS members to get around that.  At the CBS Executive Council meeting, we decided to pay the registration fees for up to twenty CBS members submitting papers to the ICC.  You can find all the details at the Creation Biology Society website.

To be completely up front with everyone, I want to explain exactly how this is going to work.  The Executive Council will be choosing which papers are going to have their submission fees paid, and EC members are eligible to have their own submission fees paid.  We talked about excluding EC members from consideration, but we decided it would look weird to have other papers sponsored but not our own.  Besides, it's just $25, and I don't think it's that big a deal.  I prefer to think of it as a means of encouraging quality submissions to ICC.

So I hope everyone will get to work on important and innovative submissions for ICC 2018!  Don't let that submission fee discourage you.

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Origins 2016 recap



A big thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Origins conference, but especially to Marcus Ross and the folks at Liberty University for working hard to host us.  We had 58 folks registered for the conference and twenty technical presentations.  The test screening of Is Genesis History? was a big highlight of this year's conference also.  The abstracts for this year's conference are now available for download right here:



Also for those who inquired, here is a link to our special issue on human origins, which features three technical articles on Homo naledi.


If you are interested in submitting a paper for the 2017 human origins special issue, please see the call for papers.  Submissions are due December 30, 2016.

Next year's Origins 2017 conference will be held at San Diego Christian College on July 19-22. Abstract submissions will be due in the spring, and we'll send out a call for abstracts this fall. Mark your calendars now, and we hope to see you there!

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Information for Origins 2016

Arrival and Registration

If you are flying, please send us your flight information so we can be sure you have a ride from the airport.  Email info@coresci.org

On Wednesday afternoon, conference registration will be held at the Sleep Inn at 3620 Candlers Mountain Rd, Lynchburg, VA  24502.  Ticket holders with a hotel room will also be staying at this location.

The conference meetings will be held in Science Hall 128, where registration will take place on Thursday through Saturday (if you arrive late).  We will have our meals in the dining commons.  To find these buildings, please visit Liberty's campus map at http://www.liberty.edu/map/

For the Field Trip

You must wear boots.  We'll be visiting an active quarry that requires boots (not shoes).  If you do not wear boots, you'll have to wait outside the quarry.

If you do not plan on coming to the field trip, please let us know so we can get an accurate count for lunch.  If you have specific dietary needs for the boxed lunch, let us know that too.  Email info@coresci.org

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

A special movie screening at Origins 2016


We've got a special event for this year's Origins conference, and I wanted to tell you a little about it.  Thomas Purifoy of Compass Cinema is bringing an early edit of their new documentary film Is Genesis History?  We'll be screening the movie on Friday afternoon of the conference, but this will be a different sort of screening.  Instead of just running the movie as-is, we'll be stopping for comments periodically as we view the whole film.  We want to use this as an opportunity to get feedback from some of the folks in the movie, like me.  We'll also have forms for people to write down their comments, in case you don't want to talk in front of the crowd.

To learn more about Is Genesis History? visit their website.  If you'd like to attend Origins 2016, there are still a few tickets left.  You can get them at the conference website.

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