A Tale of Taphonomy: Clam Shrimp Fossils and the Age of the Earth

Naturalis Historia

One of the great privileges of my job is that I get to participate on graduate student committees. This allows me to get up close and personal with data from a variety of sub-disciplines of biology that sometimes extend far from those of my particular expertise.  You know by now that I carry a particular fondness for fossils and the stories they tell.  So participation on a committee that allows me to get an up-close look at research on fossils, it is a really good day.  Recently* I had one of those days as a participated in a doctoral dissertation defense.  These are typically two to four-hour affairs in which we explore every nook and cranny of a research project.  Although PhD defenses can be difficult at times, more often than not they are a fun exploration and appreciation of the details and broader implications of several years of a…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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