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Awards, Honors, and Favorable Notices

for The Talk.Origins Archive

Copyright © 2002-2006
by The Talk.Origins Archive
[Last updated: October 9, 2006]

For the Archive in General

Sci/Tech Web Awards 2001
Cool Site of the Day
October 22, 2002
Today's cool site
January 17, 2000
Science Site of the Day
December 1, 2002
top 20 online
Top 13 Skeptical Links
Dr. Matrix Science Excellence
Golden Web Award 2002-2003
Gold Web Site Award
The journal _Science_ Science, one of the top--many would argue the top--science journals in the world, had this to say about the Archive:

"[Scott] Chase warns of "phony" science FAQs from "wackos peddling their personal opinion." One place to find the real thing is this site that mirrors an MIT archive of FAQs. They run the gamut from the ozone layer to dodo extinctions and, which debunks creationist arguments."

Scientific American The renowned periodical Scientific American had this to say about the Archive in its July 2002 issue:

"Talk.Origins archive ( This wonderfully thorough online resource compiles useful essays and commentaries that have appeared in Usenet discussions about creationism and evolution. It offers detailed discussions (some of which may be too sophisticated for casual readers) and bibliographies relating to virtually any objection to evolution that creationists might raise."

Dallas Morning News A major newspaper of the American Southwest, the Dallas Morning News, made the Archive its Web Site of the Week on October 7, 2006:

This long-running site argues against creationism and other literal interpretations of Scripture. The scientific resources are exhaustive and easily searchable, and cover topics such as Earth's age, flood geology and catastrophes. The FAQs - a good starting place for new readers - provide brief answers and relevant links to complex questions. The site stresses mainstream science and doesn't post any articles supporting creationism, though there is a lengthy list of anti-evolution links. Feedback from the past decade is available, much of it questioning and challenging the site's content.

National Academy of Sciences In its website on Evolution and Creationism, the most prestigious scientific society in North America, the National Academy of Sciences, recommends the Talk.Origins Archive as a resource for evolutionary theory.
American Association for the Advancement of Science
The world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the illustrious journal Science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science recommends the Talk.Origins Archive on its page of Evolution Resources as one of a few on-line "scientific resources [that] provide accessible presentations of contemporary evolutionary theory as well as scientific responses to so-called criticisms of the theory."
Smithsonian Institution In the Winter/Spring 1999-2000 issue of AnthroNotes: Museum of Natural History Publication for Educators, a publication by the Smithsonian Institution, the Talk.Origins Archive is recommended as a site which "counters creationist arguments against paleoanthropology, but includes generally interesting information on evolution as well."
Smithsonian Institution The official website for the Smithsonian Institution Human Origins Program recommends the Talk.Origins Archive on their links page as having "quality content that can help you in further pursuing your interests in paleoanthropology and related disciplines ... A great site for the interested student."
Encyclopedia of Evolution The The Encyclopedia of Evolution (Oxford University Press, 2002) briefly mentioned the Archive on page 217:

" Archives. [sic]. Best online source for overviews of evidence for evolution and analyses of creationist claims recarding science and evidence. Includes M. Isaak's "What is Creationism" (2000), with its links to sites advocating most of the full range of American creationist positions, both Christian and non-Christian, and an introduction to creation myths generally."

Geological Society of America The Geological Society of America states on this page that:

"The Talk.Origins Archive site offers an amazing amount of information in the form of full-text articles and commentary on the theory of evolution, creationism, the age of Earth, flood geology, catastrophism, and debating creationists. Many of the articles include critiques of creationist arguments. This site also contains links to other useful Web sites."

The Leakey Foundation
The Leakey Foundation states on its page of recommended links:

"Talk Origins
An excellent Usenet group regarding biological and physical origins. The site includes a chat room, an archive of previous discussions, and a vast collection of related links."

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific In its resource guide for teachers, The Astronomical Society of the Pacific recommends the Talk.Origins Archive as a "helpful website" for learning about the scientific evidence for an ancient universe.
BioMedNet This large and important source for professional biologists gives the Archive its highest rating:

four stars

The entry is here and requires a registration.
Bad Astronomy Book Astronomer Philip Plait wrote in his book Bad Astronomy, which deals with myths and misconceptions about astronomy and space related topics, in the recommended reading section on page 261:

I highly recommend the Talk Origins Archive (, which is a pro-science web site that is mostly an answer to creationist arguments. It leans heavily toward evolution, but has great astronomy pages, too.

For the Fossil Hominds FAQ

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Editor's Choice top 20 online Science Site of the Day
The journal _Science_ Science had a brief review:

Hominid trail. Part of a site that counters creationist claims, Fossil Hominids reviews the evidence on questions such as whether Peking Man was an ape and the significance of human brain size. The wealth of information here includes background on key fossils, drawings and photos, scientists' biographies, references, and lots of paleoanthropology links.

Five and a half years later, another positive review appeared:

The human family tree keeps sprouting branches as anthropologists unearth new fossils or reclassify existing ones. Whether you're looking for an introduction to human origins or want to catch up on the latest developments, visit Fossil Hominids: The Evidence for Human Evolution, a well-written overview created by enthusiast Jim Foley.

The human evolutionary story swarms with almost as many characters as a Dickens novel, so Foley supplies a brief guide to our close relatives.... The jam-packed site also features a timeline of recent fossil finds, synopses of new papers, and guest essays by researchers. Another section debunks a litany of creationist misconceptions and misrepresentations about human origins, such as the notion that Neandertals were merely modern humans warped by disease....

The American Biology Teacher In the May 2003 issue of The American Biology Teacher biologist David L. Alles and anthropologist Joan Stevenson of Western Washington University have an article called "Teaching Human Evolution" on pages 333-339. In the article, they recommend the Fossil Hominids section as one of their recommended "up-to-date resources for classroom teachers to use in teaching the subject."

The April 2004 issue had another endorsement of Fossil Hominids. In an article called "Interpreting Evidence: An Approach to Teaching Human Evolution in the Classroom" on pages 257-267, Jeremy DeSilva, an educator at the Boston Museum of Science and in the Department of Anthroplogy at Boston University, mentioned Prominent Hominid Fossils as containing "Analysis of individual fossils. Excellent photos."

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University and College Courses that Use the Archive

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Courses for Educators and Instructors that Use the Archive

Note: The link to the "Cool Pick Site of the Day" is omitted due to the PG-13 nature of that site.

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