The Evolution of the Eye
The evolution of the eye, described by Darwin as an "organ
of extreme perfection," is a subject of great controversy. Perhaps Dilbert has finally solved
this riddle for us...
See more on The Eye.
Punctuated equilibrium - Humor where none was intended?
Here's a definition:
"The theory of Punctuated Equilibria provides
paleontologists with an explanation for the patterns which they find in the
fossil record. This pattern includes the characteristically abrupt
appearance of new species, the relative stability of morphology in
widespread species, the distribution of transitional fossils when those are
found, the apparent differences in morphology between ancestral and daughter
species, and the pattern of extinction of species."
In other words, we really don't have sufficient evidence to
support Darwin's concept of gradualistic evolution, so we have to assume that
new species just appeared, even though this assumption is based the
absence of evidence. Is this truly scientific or have we just
given the problem a
fancy name and called it science when it's really conjecture and faith.
Ask those who advance this theory for hard evidence of this
happening and what new
features have been observed in current evolution that truly explain differences large
enough to account for entirely new species.