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Richard William Nelson

Richard William Nelson earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Southern California following graduation from the University of California, Irvine, with a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry. For more than a decade Dr. Nelson has been writing and speaking on the scientific merits of biological evolution. Dr. Nelson has spoken nationally and internationally to audiences in churches, schools, universities, and community organizations. As the author of the book entitled Darwin, Then and Now, The Most Amazing Story in the History of Science using more than 1,000 documented references, Dr. Nelson advocates using the scientific method to assess the merits of the theory of evolution.

Blind Mole-Rat showing furry face with no visible eyes: ID 138105249 © Taviphoto |

Memories of an Earlier Evolutionary Stage? Vestigial Organs Part 1

[Originally published as Evolution Vestiges Fact, or Fiction?] “We humans have many vestigial features proving that we evolved,” argues Jerry A. Coyne, Ph.D., biology professor at the University of Chicago. Coyne is the author of the book Why Evolution is…

May 19, 2020

E. coli Bacteria

Bacteria, Shape, and Scientific Predictions

[Originally published as Bacteria Evolution] The shape of bacteria has long been anticipated to correlate with movement. From an evolutionary perspective, form is predicted to follow function – but, it had yet to be tested. In the words of evolutionary…

April 9, 2020

We Find Dinosaurs in the Oddest Places Part 1

[Originally published as Dinosaurs Found in Unexpected Places] Dinosaurs found in unexpected places. In 1933, the Sinclair Oil Corporation sponsored an exhibit at the World’s Fair in Chicago. The Earth’s oil reserves, it was thought, formed during the era of…

February 21, 2020

Red ants carrying food along a branch, photo credit: Ester Sánchez Alfaro

Red Ants and the Collapse of Evolutionary Theories

[Originally published as Behavioral Evolution in the Red Fire Ant] The behavioral evolution of the red fire ant species, which exist the two different types of colonies—one with a single queen and one with multiple queens, has long puzzled biologists….

January 14, 2020

Photomicrograph of mycelia, conidiophores and conidia of the fungus Acremonium recifei. Photo credit: USA Public Health Images

“Ancient” Fungi Force Evolutionary Rethink

Photomicrograph of the modern fungus Acremonium recifei [Originally published as Ancient Fungal Clues] Fungal clues recently discovered off the coast of South Africa further stretch the boundaries of the theory of evolution. Birger Rasmussen, a geology professor at the Western…

October 29, 2019

Flightless Galapogos Cormorant with wings extended: ID 94567431 © Willtu |

Genetics, Evolution, and Cormorants

[Originally published as Galapagos Icon of Evolution] In 1835, the Galapagos Islands piqued a young British naturalist’s endless curiosity. Equipped with technologies not much beyond a clock, compass, measuring tape, scale, thermometer, clinometer, and a microscope, the experience eventually propelled Charles Darwin to propose a new…

September 26, 2019

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History of the Tree of Biological Life

[Excerpted from Darwin’s Tree Got Tangled. What Happened?] Aristotle Aristotle, the 4th century B.C. Greek philosopher, is credited as the first to begin systematically ranking species on a “graded scale of perfection”—from simple to complex. Aristotle’s purpose was to understand…

August 10, 2019

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Evolutionary Puzzle: Red Blood Cells

[Originally published as Red Blood Cell Evolution Puzzle] Aristotle (384-322 BC), the ancient Greek philosopher, was the first to use blood to distinguish between vertebrates, noted as “animals with blood,” and invertebrates, noted as “animals without blood.” Fast-forward to the…

July 3, 2019

Fireflies, Fish, and Design: Bioluminescence

[Originally posted as Origin of Bioluminescence] Bioluminescence is woven into folklore legends. From the 8th century Japanese firefly legend known as hotaru, to Fox an Apache American Indian who spread fire over the Earth during festive dance with fireflies, the world-wide wonder of bioluminescence is…

May 28, 2019

Nodosaur back spines closeup: ID 133335116 © Geert Van Keymolen |

Evidence Forces a Rewrite of Evolution

[Originally published as Evolution, Not What They Once Said] The armored dinosaur fossil preserved in exquisite detail unearthed in a western Canadian oil sand mine highlights the new daunting challenges facing the theory of evolution. This stunningly preserved fossil is…

April 11, 2019