Ralph Stearley

Ralph Stearley is a paleontologist with broad interests in the history of life and in biogeography. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in geological sciences, with an emphasis on vertebrate paleontology. He is professor of geology at Calvin College, where he has taught since 1992. His published research has included work on marine invertebrate ecology and paleoecology in the northern Gulf of California; fluvial taphonomy; the systematics and evolution of salmonid fishes; Pleistocene mammalian biogeography; and zooarchaeology of fish remains from sites in Michigan and New Mexico. He was privileged to be able to co-author, with former Calvin College colleague Davis Young, The Bible, Rocks and Time, published by InterVarsity Press in 2008.

  • Fossils: A Revelation of Beauty

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    Fossils: A Revelation of Beauty | Ralph Stearley

    Studying fossils is literally about fathoming things which were hidden and are coming to light. This is a privilege. Read More >

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  • My Favorite Fossil: Oncorhynchus lacustris

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    My Favorite Fossil: Oncorhynchus lacustris | Ralph Stearley

    As part of my own researches on fossil salmonids, I recognized that R. lacustris was really quite similar to our modern Steelhead Trout and served as one of the top predators of the a... Read More >

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  • The Bible, Rocks, and Time: Christians and an Old Earth (Part 2)

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    The Bible, Rocks, and Time: Christians and an Old Earth (Part 2) | Ralph Stearley

    Young-Earth creationist organizations, including Answers In Genesis, are making claims that should be unacceptable within the church—because they have been shown to be false. Read More >

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  • The Bible, Rocks, and Time: Christians and an Old Earth (Part 1)

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    The Bible, Rocks, and Time: Christians and an Old Earth (Part 1) | Ralph Stearley

    Davis Young and Ralph Stearley discuss the historical development of Young-Earth Creationism and its relationship with science, especially mainstream views of sedimentary rock and the... Read More >

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  • Earth’s Deep History, by Martin Rudwick (Book Review)

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    Earth’s Deep History, by Martin Rudwick (Book Review) | Ralph Stearley

    The history of the science that determined the earth’s ancient age is a fascinating one, which Christians contributed to in important ways. Read More >

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  • Reviewing “Darwin’s Doubt”: Ralph Stearley

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    Reviewing “Darwin’s Doubt”: Ralph Stearley | Ralph Stearley

    Ralph Stearley argues that, in Darwin's Doubt, Stephen Meyer overemphasizes the significance of discoveries relevant to further complexity in the regulation of the deve... Read More >

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