Yes, I'm working on a new book

And it's about human origins.

Usually, I like to keep my work to myself and surprise people with the finished product, but I'm working on something so big now that I can benefit from additional advice and even encouragement.  This book started out as a short work that was going to be like The Quest, where I mercilessly cut material out so that I could craft a good, light, compelling narrative.  I was hoping to pop out a nice quick book(let) on human origins that I could give to people wanting to understand what I research and why.  And I was hoping to finish in six weeks.

As I continued writing, I realized three important things.  First, my plan was too ambitious.  I was working very hard to write the creationist book about human origins that I always wanted to read.  I want the book to integrate science and theology, and I want it to address issues that are typically ignored by everyone.  I also want it to be beautiful, with great artwork and diagrams.  That's a lot to e…

The new australopith skull

I have some thoughts on the new skull of Australopithecus anamensis over at Human Genesis.  Just click that pic.

Photo: Dale Omori, Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

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Looking ahead to Africa

Sometimes God moves in surprising ways.

Our mission at Core Academy is to nurture the next generation of faithful, Christ-like creation researchers to explore the hardest problems in creation.  We focus on mentoring students and young scholars, and we encourage them to go after the toughest questions out there.  We host annual retreats, sponsor a scholarship fund, and keep in personal contact with students all over the country.  We even stay connected with a few young scholars in Europe.

Lately though, we’ve been hearing another call.  First, we were contacted by a zoology professor from Ethiopia who heard about our work and wanted to learn more about creation research.  He had only ever heard the evolution side of the story.  Some of you know we sent him a packet of creationist books, and we have kept in touch.  He is eager to learn more, and we’ve been trying to figure out a way to meet in person.

More recently, as my own study of human fossils continues, I started gathering my own…

What is the creation model?

In the spring of 1900, a crew of sponge divers returning to their home in the Greek isles happened to take shelter from a storm off the northeastern coast of the tiny island of Antikythera.  After the storm, the divers decided to explore the sea floor beneath them in hopes of finding sponges in the unexplored waters.  They found instead one of the richest and most celebrated shipwrecks from ancient Greece.  Their initial explorations retrieved a bronze arm dislodged from a statue, and subsequent explorations brought to the surface many celebrated statues of bronze and marble.  Along with these artworks came many small fragments of encrusted bronze that were thought to be broken statue pieces that could be used in their reconstruction.  Explorations led by Jacques Cousteau more than 75 years later would uncover coins from the wreck dated to the mid-first century before Christ.  The wreckage and its artifacts are more than 2,000 years old.

Two years after the wreck’s discovery, in May …

My abstract from Reclaiming Wisdom

I thought some of you might like to read my abstract from the conference last weekend.  So here you go.

After Adam: Thoughts on the Integration of Biblical and Human History Todd Charles Wood
During his lifetime, Leonardo da Vinci witnessed the beginning of a remarkable and ongoing expansion of knowledge about human history.  As Leonardo entered middle age, Christopher Columbus brought the “New World” of the American continents to the permanent attention of western Europe, sparking the Age of Exploration.  These explorations disrupted the European view of the world, as exemplified by the medieval Mappa Mundi (map of the world).  The typical medieval map integrated geography with biblical history, showing the continents of Asia, Africa, and Europe corresponding to the lands settled by Shem, Ham, and Japheth respectively.  Leonardo produced his own Mappa Mundi in 1514, which included representations of the Americas.  The discovery of whole continents inhabited with unique animals, plant…

The Denisovan Mandible and Human Diversity

Two weeks ago, the world had the first news of a Denisovan fossil found outside of the Denisova Cave in Siberia.  This might not seem like big news to many, but the Xiahe Mandible (as it is known) is yet another intriguing milestone in the mysterious modern history of a human form known primarily from ancient genomics.  The first hint of the Denisovans came in 2010 with the publication of a mitochondrial genome that was by far the most different form of human mtDNA we have seen to date.  The fossils were limited to a few teeth and a portion of a finger bone.  Even though we could discern a great deal about these people from their genomes, there was literally only a handful of fossils that could tell us what they looked like.

This "new" Denisovan fossil, the Xiahe Mandible, is a damaged right portion of a jawbone with two molars that was originally uncovered in a cave on the east end of the Tibetan plateau in 1980.  Only recently did proteomics research reveal that it was ac…

New Philippine Hominin

You might have heard about the new Philippine hominin Homo luzonensis.  I have a few comments on  the discovery over on Human Genesis.  Check it out!  (Or don't.  Whatever.  It's a free country.)

Asian Diversity and the Seafaring Hominin
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