Monday, September 24, 2012

Christian analogies in biology

Its amusing at times to find Christian analogies in biology (CAB) being misinterpreted and misused to the amusement of some and frustration of others. Hope many more such analogies are used in the future leading to much more bemusement. The inter-related nature of religion means that these words are claimed by multiple religious groups.

The purpose of this post is just to list these analogies to serve as some sort of a mnemonic. Think of them as bible analogies in biology (BAB) or Christian analogies in biology (CAB) or whatever else you fancy.
  1. Mitochondrial Eve and Y-chromosomal Adam: Used to denote the MRCA based on the mitochondria and Y-chromosome. Based on Adam and Eve, the first humans in the Bible.
  2. Lazarus taxon:Used to denote species that are missing from fossil records for some time and then re-appear at a later stage. Based on Lazarus who is restored to life by Jesus after being dead in the Gospel of John.
Any more?

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