National Geographic magazine was first published in October 1888. The magazine is famed for its photos from all over the world, and is dedicated to sharing information about wildlife, cultures, and promoting preservation of natural habitats. In recent years many articles in the magazine have focused on environmental issues. The nonprofit National Geographic Society was founded in January 1888 in Washington, D.C., by a group of 33 men who desired to form a society "for the increase and diffusion of geographical knowledge.” Alexander Graham Bell became president of the society in 1898. His leadership was key to increasing membership and revenue.  The magazine is published monthly in many languages and has a worldwide circulation of nearly nine million.
National Geographic and the evolutionary paradigm
In the September 2005 issue of National Geographic, Joel Achenbach asserted that human evolution is a "fact" but he also candidly admitted that the field of paleoanthropology "has again become a rather glorious mess." In the same National Geographic article Harvard paleoanthropologist Dan Lieberman states, "We're not doing a very good job of being honest about what we don't know...".
|“||As more evidence of altered fossils begins to surface, one must seriously question the integrity of the fossil industry and the stories these fossils are supposed to tell. A Feb. 19, 2000 New Scientist article sheds light on the growing problem of faked and altered fossils. Referring to the Chinese fossil birds, paleontologist Kraig Derstler from the University of New Orleans in Louisiana says, ‘almost every one that I’ve seen on the commercial market has some reconstruction to make it look prettier.’||”|
- Brad Harrub, Ph.D., The “Glorious Mess” of Human Origins
- National Geographic (online edition), Joel Achenbach, PALEOANTHROPOLOGY, Out of Africa, Are we looking for bones in all the right places?