Genes on the Move

Horizontal Gene Transfer Messes Up Darwin’s Scheme

Explicitly Darwinian evolution feels like today's version of medieval miracle tales. Just substitute animal fossils for holy relics and—behold!—the age of miracles is not over. With fossils, as with relics, remarkable things do sometimes happen, but they happen so much less frequently than believers have hoped. Darwin's followers are forever pouncing on some minor event and saying, "Proof! Proof!," ignoring the big picture.

In 2012, late in his career, evolutionary geologist Donald Prothero admitted that, in evolution, stasis (no change over vast stretches of time) is the general pattern. Gradualism (slow Darwinian change) is rare, and evolutionary biologists have known...

 

is a Canadian journalist, author, and blogger. She blogs at Blazing Cat Fur, Evolution News & Views, MercatorNet, Salvo, and Uncommon Descent.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #25, Summer 2013 Copyright © 2020 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo25/genes-on-the-move

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