The creeping cancer of creationism is infecting Geological Society field trips: Paleontology began as, and largely remains, a sub-field of geology, but gets more press attention and public scrutiny than its parent discipline. Which is too bad, because the dearth of public interest in geology allows deceitful creationists some cover and makes it easier for them to lie to the public. Take this quote from six-million-dollar stone cold creationist Steve Austin, one of the leaders of a recent GSA field trip: "these rocks were 'not normal deposits,' and likely formed as fast, liquefied and pressurized subaqueous mudflows during catastrophic flood flows." Sounds like science, right? But it's not, at least, not in context. Geology is slowly becoming the latest frontline in the battle between creationism and reality.
The bird-crocodile family tree appears to have split earlier than previously thought: This one speaks for itself. I've long suspected that archosaurs existed in the Permian -- logically, it makes perfect sense -- but as yet no one has found any fossils (keeping my fingers crossed) to bolster the case.
Did Stephen Jay Gould mismeasure man?: This one hits really close to home for me. Gould's The Mismeasure Of Man was one of the formative texts of my paleo-consciousness, and remains one of the few evolution books I re-read on a regular basis. Now, it seems, he might have been wrong all along. Them's fighting words (rolls up sleeves...)!