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Paleontologist Mark McMenamin on Darwin’s Doubt

David Klinghoffer

mcmenamin.jpgAh, now the fun begins. We’ve arrived at the publication week for Stephen Meyer’s new book, Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design. We’ve been calling it "forthcoming" but as of tomorrow, June 18, it will be here. Order it at Amazon now.

We’ve already shared with you the comments on the dust jacket from Harvard geneticist George Church and bestselling novelist Dean Koontz. Carrying on, here’s the comment from Mark McMenamin, a paleontologist at Mt. Holyoke College and author of The Emergence of Animals (Columbia University Press).

It is hard for us paleontologists, steeped as we are in a tradition of Darwinian analysis, to admit that neo-Darwinian explanations for the Cambrian Explosion have failed miserably. New data acquired in recent years, instead of solving Darwin’s dilemma, have rather made it worse. Meyer describes the dimensions of the problem with clarity and precision. His book is a game changer for the study of evolution and evolutionary biology. Stephen Meyer points us in the right direction as we seek a new theory for the origin of Cambrian animal phyla.

The book is a "game changer." Sounds familiar. Where did you hear that before? Oh yes, right here. More gratifying endorsements from scientists coming up.