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February 12 is Darwin Day and Evolution is Still Controversial

Accepted submission by Anonymous Coward at 2019-02-11 07:02:49 from the Monkey Business dept.
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Darwin Day is a celebration of Charles Darwin's birthday, the theory of evolution and science in general. This year marks his 210th birthday and 160 years since the publication of The Origin of Species. Those looking to celebrate or learn more about Darwin and evolution will find a wealth of events going on [darwinday.org], or if you'd rather not leave the house, try a Darwin Day card [genolve.com] with designs generated by simulated evolution.

Recently, an important finding in man's evolution was announced; the so-called Missing Link was confirmed [cnn.com]. Australopithecus Sediba fossils were found in 2010 but it took a decade of research and debate for scientists to confirm that this was indeed the missing link that connects man's evolution in an unbroken chain back to primate ancestors [aeon.co].

Not everyone is down with Darwin. The Pew Research Center [pewforum.org] reports, "In spite of the fact that evolutionary theory is accepted by all but a small number of scientists, it continues to be rejected by many Americans. In fact, about one-in-five U.S. adults reject the basic idea that life on Earth has evolved at all." In Indiana, senator Dennis Kruse introduced a bill [bjconline.org] that would, among other things, "require the teaching of various theories concerning the origin of life, including creation science."


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