And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts…And the water prevailed more and more upon the earth, so that all the high mountains everywhere under the heavens were covered.

Genesis 1:31-2:1; 7:19

Speaker for September: Dr. Tim Standish

On September 25th Dr. Tim

Standish will speak on “Fossil Birds: How recent discoveries help to resolve questions about Archaeopteryx”.

When the first Archaeopteryx fossil was discovered soon after publication of the Origin of Species, it was proclaimed as exactly what Darwin had predicted: a missing link between two major groups. In this case Archaeopteryx was seen to be no longer a missing link between dinosaurs and birds. While other “missing links” have come and gone over the years, Archaeopteryx has stood up to scrutiny relatively well. However, over the past decade fossil birds discovered in China and in other countries have dramatically changed our perception of Archaeopteryx. Instead of being a missing link, Archaeopteryx now appears to belong to a group of unexpectedly diverse birds.

Dr. Timothy Standish was born in Sydney, Australia, but grew up in the Far East where his parents served as missionaries. He completed his under-graduate education at Andrews University in Michigan, obtaining a B.S. degree in zoology with a chemistry minor. He commenced his graduate education at the same institution earning an M.S. degree in Biology while studying brachiopods. Subsequently, he attended George Mason University where he studied application of molecular techniques to the identification and classification of nematode worms. Since graduating with a Ph D. in enviromnental biology and public policy, Dr. Standish has taught at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska. and Andrews University. Currently he works at the Geoscience Research Institute pursuing his interests in molecular systematics and the interface between science and faith.

The Geoscience Research Institute is located on the campus of Loma Linda University in Southern California. Its research is primarily focused on the interface between science and faith and particularly on where current ideas about earth history conflict with the history outlined in Scripture. Its publication is Geoscience Reports. The Spring 2004 issue contains a report by Dr. Standish, titled: “Fossil Birds.”

In 1992, we changed our monthly mail flyer to an informative newsletter dealing with science topics relevant to the creation/evolution controversy. We changed the newsletter’s name to Creation in the Crossfire for the May ’92 issue. Articles from past issues can be retrieved by clicking on the articles button.

Our monthly meetings take place on the fourth Saturday of every month at the Evangelical Formosan Church, 4565 Sharynne Ln., Torrance, Ca.

 

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