I came across this on today's Skepchick quickies. http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2075011,00.html
It seems tha in an age where science communication has opened up tremendously, people can still miss the facts about the world around us. No surprise that fundamentalist approach to religion is involved.
Some quotes from the article about how .
"The proof for creationism is demonstrated with some perfunctory presentations of fossils, including bear, crocodile and tortoise skulls, and can be summarized in a few brief sentences: "If fish left the water to walk, if dinosaurs were transformed into birds, then we should discover fossils of these beings in transition. However this is not the case. Science thus shows one sole truth: creation as we know it from the Koran."
Every fossil is a transitionary fossil. The idea that we have inbetween species relies on the premise that extant species are the end goal of life, when they too are "transitional" species. As Dawkins clearly illustrates in his books, there is a spectrum of hertiable physiological changes that span across time, each step of which is so small that the change between generations is not noticeable until viewed with a far greater perspective. we have fossils that punctuate this spectrum and in fact we have some rather lovely transitional fossils, for example archaeopteryx ( http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/diapsids/birds/archaeopteryx.html), several species within the fish to amphibian transition (http://home.entouch.net/dmd/transit.htm) and numerous other exampes tracking the slow changes from one form to another, such as with horse (http://chem.tufts.edu/science/evolution/HorseEvolution.htm) and whales (http://www.talkorigins.org/features/whales/) etc.
Even without fossils, the evidence for evolution is overwhelming. Fossils are the icing on the cake. I am not going to go into the evidence on here, there is simply not enough time and I am sure most people reading this are well aware of it anyway, but for those who wish to look further I would recommend books such as The Greatest Show on Earth for people to read up on some of the evidence available.
"Nouri Hamid, 28, a doctoral student in genetics, is not "totally in agreement that there is a complete lack [of evidence] for the evolution of species," but he also says that "science has never demonstrated the connection between Homo sapiens and man."
Yes, even peple studying subjects that relate to evolution and the interconnectivity between species evidenced in our genetic codes can make embarrassing errors. :)
The main thing we can do is to keep refuting these claims and continue the trend of making science more accessable to the public at hand. The popularity of open access science journals is part of this trend and science blogging is a very important part of spreading the word.
Skeptical kinkster musing on whatever takes my fancy!