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Cetacean Evolution: A Whale of a Tale

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Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Join The Jefferson Center at ScienceWorks to hear Dr. Jon Peters present an engaging talk on the origins of whales. The preponderance of evidence detailing whale evolution shows that whales have evolved from a deer-like ancestor to the aquatic forms that we know today. Evidence comes from newly discovered fossils, the many anatomical features of living whales, and newer revealed DNA comparisons between whales and hippos. The importance of this example is to demonstrate that macroevolution is true in whales and by extension with other species also, including humans. If macroevolution is true, then all types of creationism are invalidated unless they accept evolution of species across large and divergent groups of organisms.

Dr. Peters has an MD from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, and was awarded the degree of Fellow by the American Academy of Family Physicians in 2007. He has a long term interest in the religious and scientific conflicts over origins, and an appreciation of what newer DNA and fossil discoveries bring to the origins debate. He is active promoting secular humanism and reason via CFI Portland and by starting a secular humanist group in Portland that has grown to over 450 members.

His talk will be Thursday April 10th at 7pm in the Theater Room at ScienceWorks, 1500 E. Main in Ashland. Free to students with I.D. or $10 at the door.