Science Insider is reporting that Italy’s foremost science agency funded the publication of a creationist book authored by its own vice president. Entitled “Evolutionism: the decline of an hypothesis,” the book was funded by the Italian National Research Council and authored by Roberto de Mattei, a professor of the history of Christianity and Catholicism at the European University of Rome and a vice president of the council. The book is based on the proceedings of a conference on the same topic that was sponsored by the council in February. Among its creationist claims, the book asserts that fossil-dating methods are wrong and that dinosaurs have been extinct for only 40,000 years ago.
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