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Did hominids and non-avian dinosaurs ever coexist?

No. Non-avian dinosaurs were extinct about 65 million years ago, as the most recent dinosaur bone was directly dated as being 64.8 ± 0.9 Ma old. The second dinosaur bone sample from Paleocene ...
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Was this 4th grader's creationist quiz on "Dinosaurs: Genesis and the Gospel" real?

Yes, it is real. According to Snopes and the school is supposedly Blue Ridge Christian Academy in Landrum, South Carolina. There's also a second page linked on the site: (source) This is also ...
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Are there too few Supernova Remnants to support the Milky Way being billions of years old?

There are many reasons why this is wrong. The first one is the assumption of 1 supernova per 25 years. That was the value arrived at in Gustav Tammann's article published in 1970. Others got values up ...
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Is the discovery of tuff amongst dinosaur fossils in Utah incompatible with scientific consensus about dating of the fossils?

Has tuff found amongst the deposits at the Dinosaur National Monument? Yes. The most famous section of the rocks in Morrison Formation in Dinosaur National Monument, the Brushy Basin Member, is chock ...
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Have coelacanth fossils younger than 65 million years been found?

According to a Nature article from 1998 this is true (or at least, was in 1998). Coelacanths were known for decades, but only as fossils. They appeared in the fossil record around 370 million years ...
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Did hominids and non-avian dinosaurs ever coexist?

There is a simple factual response based on the fossil record, "No. Dinosaurs and people did not coexist" but this does not really answer the question "did humans draw dinosaurs?" -- with the implicit ...
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Are results of carbon dating cross referenced by other methods?

Carbon dating has been extensively cross-referenced by tree-ring dating (dendrochronology). Carbon dates that are corrected by tree-ring dating are called calibrated. Tree-ring dating relies on the ...
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Has the speed of light significantly slowed down over the past 6,000 years?

It turns out that SN1987A did pretty much what I suggested. It had a ring of material that had been thrown off the star some 20,000 years ago. When the star exploded the light from the explosion ...
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In 2014, did nearly half of all Americans believe in Creationism?

The figures are roughly confirmed by a different 2014 survey by Pew Research (Sample size = 35,071) : 33% believe "Humans and other living things have evolved due to natural processes such as natural ...
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Have paleontologists systematically ignored dinosaur DNA that does not match the evolutionary model?

The short answer: No The long answer: Also No Here is why this does not hold water: Until recently we were not able to extract soft tissues recently as in last 10 years. This is to the best of my ...
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Has the speed of light significantly slowed down over the past 6,000 years?

TL;DR Here's the gist of my answer: Some physicists have been working for decades on theories involving a variable speed of light. These theories are not widely accepted within the physics community. ...
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Are results of carbon dating cross referenced by other methods?

Known history Because the range of times which can be measured by radiocarbon dating overlap with known history, it can be cross-checked with known history established by other means. The original ...
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Did granite form instantly?

Here is a paper which was written to refute Gentry's theory: "Polonium Haloes" Refuted A Review of "Radioactive Halos in a Radio-Chronological and Cosmological Perspective" by ...
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Are new genes created through duplication?

Gene duplication is a very important way of creating new genes and hence it helps organisms to evolve. Once a gene is duplicated, the "spare" copy of the gene is effectively not needed by the cell, ...
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Did Nylon eating bacteria come about due to an increase in genetic information?

Nylon is an artificial polymer invented by Wallace Hume in Dupont. The nylon polymer or the linkages that bind the subunits together were not found in nature before 1935. By 1975, bacteria capable of ...
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Have scientists found 700,000-or-more visible annual ice layers?

The counting of layers such as tree rings, glacial varves, and annual ice layers, is a reliable way of establishing a chronology. As far as the age of Earth is concerned, these methods provide a ...
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Did hominids and non-avian dinosaurs ever coexist?

Hominidae Temporal range: Miocene–present, 17 – 0 Mya Dinosaur Temporal range: Late Triassic–Present, 233.23 – 0 Mya all non-avian dinosaurs, estimated to have been 628-1078 species, as well as many ...
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Are results of carbon dating cross referenced by other methods?

Before addressing the title of the question, I will first address the premise of the question: Creationists make the claim that a global flood has messed up the precision of radiocarbon dating and ...
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Is Y-chromosomal Adam younger than Mitochondrial Eve?

No, most recent studies give an equal or slightly older date for the Y Chromosome. An African American Paternal Lineage Adds an Extremely Ancient Root to the Human Y Chromosome Phylogenetic Tree (...
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Do radiometric dating labs throw out 8 of 10 specimens, and are the samples blinded?

The book does in fact say that on page 197 (I own it). The full paragraph reads: If the potassium-argon ages of a group of rocks agree with the stratigraphic sequence determined on the basis of ...
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Does the radioactivity on Hiroshima's soil affect radiometric dating?

This claim is wrong for so many reasons. 1) Radiometric dating relies on certain unstable elements decaying into stable ones over time. The rate of that decay is constant and can be used for ...
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