These are great days for the Discovery Institute. They’re going from one triumph to another. Look what appears at their creationist blog: New Species of Fossil Dragonfly Named for ID Proponent Michael Behe, written by paleontologist Günter Bechly, who is now a Discoveroid “senior fellow.” Here are some excerpts from his exciting new post, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Usually paleontologists discover new species of ancient organisms through fieldwork, literally digging them out of the dirt, or by studying the extensive fossil collections hidden in museum storage rooms. However, in rare cases a new species can even be discovered on the Internet. A colleague of mine discovered a new mayfly species in Baltic amber on eBay.
Something similar happened to me seven years ago. It was July 2011 when I accidentally stumbled upon a photo of a beautiful fossil dragonfly on a website about fossils from Early Jurassic sediments on the English coast at Charmouth in Dorset. I immediately recognized that this specimen is not only remarkably well-preserved, but certainly represents an unknown species as well.
We’ll skip the thrilling details of Günter’s discovery. Then he says:
After the study was finished and the manuscript mostly written, I faced a final question: What name should the new genus and species receive? For the genus I had promised the owner of the fossil to name it after him. That was due to his kind agreement to make this fossil available for science and his commitment to later deposit his collection, including this fossil, in a projected museum in the area of Charmouth and Lyme Regis.
But what about the new species name? I could have named it liassicus after its age, or dorsetiensis after its provenance in Dorset. But I had another idea.
Ooooooooooooh! What was Günter’s idea? He tells us:
Last year I had the honor of being featured in the documentary Revolutionary [link omitted] which celebrates the groundbreaking work of Professor Michael J. Behe of Lehigh University. A proponent of intelligent design theory, Behe won fame with his concept of irreducible complexity, especially evident in molecular machines of the cell including the iconic bacterial flagellum. His second book, The Edge of Evolution, [link omitted] with its fascinating elaboration of the waiting time problem, had a great influence on my own journey from neo-Darwinism to ID.
Ooooooooooooh! Behe influenced Günter’s “journey” to intelligent design. As you know, Behe is a professor of biochemistry at Lehigh University. He has tenure, so he’s never been Expelled. His colleagues at Lehigh are so impressed by his brilliance that they publicly disassociated themselves from him by issuing this statement: Department Position on Evolution and “Intelligent Design”. Also, as most of you know, Behe was the Discoveroids’ star witness in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District. We wrote about his catastrophic appearance there in Michael Behe’s Testimony.
Okay, back to Günter. He says:
So who deserved the honor of being the name patron of this remarkable new species? I did not have to think long. It had to be Michael Behe.
Isn’t that wonderful? Günter’s post concludes on an exciting note:
Thus I decided to give it the name Chrismooreia michaelbehei, and to publish the description in BIO-Complexity, a journal open to intelligent design, where you can find it online in the first issue of this year’s volume.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! BIO-Complexity is the Discoveroids’ in-house “peer reviewed” journal, It’s a most appropriate organ for the announcement of Günter’s discovery.
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