Dr. Pennilyn (Penny) Higgins is a Research Associate in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Rochester. Most of her research revolves around studying the chemistry of fossil mammal teeth to learn about the environments in which the animals lived and what they might have been eating while living there. She is particularly interested in episodes of rapid climate change in the geologic record. In addition to doing research and managing a geochemistry laboratory, Penny also teaches courses in introductory geology and paleontology at the University of Rochester. When she's not in the office or laboratory, Penny can be spotted writing fiction, practicing the western martial arts, or just screwing around on Twitter.
January 28, 2016
One of the first things I teach in any of my paleontology classes is that taxonomy underpins nearly every subdiscipline of paleontology. I then go on to explain that taxonomy is also very subjective and, at times, even seemingly arbitrary.
December 19, 2014
A “kind” is the basic division of organisms according to Creationists, in much the same way that “species” is the fundamental division of organisms to evolutionary biologists.
December 2, 2014
Most vertebrate paleontologists agree that modern birds evolved from dinosaurs. Many, including me, refer to birds as dinosaurs.
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Was Special Creation De-Nye’d?
February 4, 2014
Creationism is the idea that some supernatural power is responsible for the diversity of life on Earth. This is in contradiction to the scientific theory of Evolution, which holds that the diversity of life on Earth today can be tracked back to a single common, unicellular, ancestor, and that the diversity is due to the accumulation of minute changes along lineages over billions of years.
May 16, 2008
I recently attended a showing of Ben Stein's new movie "Expelled."
September 26, 2007
It is best to fully understand the point of view of those with whom you disagree before you engage them in discussion.
September 13, 2006
A common argument of creationism is that no transitional forms between major organismal groups.
September 9, 2006
A common argument of creationism is that no transitional forms between major organismal groups...
March 1, 2006
Why "Intelligent Design" (ID) is not science, and why, therefore, it should not be taught in a science curriculum.
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