Textbook Tales

Embryology and the Descent of Biology Education

In a letter to the American botanist Asa Gray, written a year after the publication of The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin urged that "embryology is to me by far [the] strongest single class of facts in favour"1 of his theory of evolution. A lot has changed in the 150-plus years since Darwin penned those words, but embryology remains a favorite line of evidence used by evolutionists to bolster common descent.

Open almost any high-school or college-level general biology textbook from the past few decades, and turn to the section on evolution. There you will find some diagram—perhaps using drawings, perhaps showing photographs—portraying the...


is a senior editor of Salvo and is co-founder of the Intelligent Design & Evolution Awareness (IDEA) Center and Program Officer in Public Policy and Legal Affairs at the Discovery Institute.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #29, Summer 2014 Copyright © 2020 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo29/textbook-tales


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