The Panda's Thumb (blog)

The Panda's Thumb is a blog on the creation–evolution controversy from a mainstream scientific perspective. In 2006, Nature listed it as one of the top five science blogs,[1] and Mark Pallen has called it "the definitive blog on the evolution versus creationism debate".[2]

It is written by multiple contributors, including Wesley R. Elsberry, Paul R. Gross, Nick Matzke, PZ Myers and Mark Perakh, many of whom also have complementary blogs at ScienceBlogs. The blog takes its name from The Panda's Thumb, the pub of the virtual University of Ediacara, which is named after the book of the same name by Stephen Jay Gould, which in turn takes its title from the essay "The Panda's Peculiar Thumb",[3] which discusses the Panda's sesamoid bone, an example of convergent evolution.


  1. "Top five science blogs". Nature. 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-14.
  2. Pallen, Mark (2011). The Rough Guide to Evolution. Rough Guides. Penguin. p. 467. ISBN 9781409358572.
  3. Gould, S. J. (1978). "The panda's peculiar thumb." Natural History 87 (Nov.): 20-30.

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