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Trevor Thomas, who believes chickens and dinosaurs were “created” simultaneously, was back on his anti-evolution bandwagon in his Dec. 18 column. He should stick to writing about politics and such where he seems to adhere more closely to facts rather than continue to attack proven scientific knowledge.

Thomas should have paid attention to the hostile reception to the remarks by religious fundamentalist Rep. Paul Broun that “evolution, embryology and the Big Bang Theory are lies straight from the pit of hell meant to convince people they don’t need a Savior” and that the Earth is only 9,000 years old (in error, only 4.5 billion years) and made in six days rather than reaffirm his ignorance of and bias toward science.

By the way, believe it or not, Broun is on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology!

Yes, there is such a thing as absolute truth, and scientists worldwide have been unveiling it for many hundreds of years. Techniques such as carbon dating have proven dinosaurs lived 265 to 65 million years ago, and remains of our ancestors have been unearthed dating back to 6 or 7 million years. How else could you account for all those ancient fossils? Primitive life on Earth began around 3.5 billion years ago and imperceptibly evolved into all species present on Earth today and in the past.

As for questions, here are a few we believers in science, liberals or whatever could ask you religious fundamentalists: How could two people produce today’s population of more than 7 billion people in 9,000 or so years? Where did Cain and Seth get wives? How could Noah get all the Earth’s terrestrial animals into his tiny ark for 40 days and nights? And what about the plants?

People are free to believe what they want, but scientific facts cannot be denied or refuted.

Jim Scharnagel
Gainesville

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