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Zombie Science: Four-Winged Fruit Fly, Eighteen-Winged Dragonfly — Two Hardy Evolutionary Icons

David Klinghoffer

The four-winged fruit fly stands alone among the evolutionary icons debunked by Jonathan Wells, author of the new book Zombie Science. Since he upended it as “evidence” for Darwinian macroevolution, it has actually proliferated in science textbooks.

In a new video conversation, Dr. Wells recounts the progress of this lab experiment and its transformation in the hands of Darwin apologists. The unfortunate fly has trouble flying and would be doomed in the wild. It is, in addition, really an example of intelligent (if perhaps cruel) design by skilled researchers, not unguided evolution.

Pivoting, Dr. Wells also tells the story of the eighteen-winged dragonfly, invented by scientist and textbook author Donald Prothero as more proof of Darwinian theory. Says Wells, “In just four years, the eighteen-winged dragonfly evolved from a thought experiment into a real fossil. Such is the power of Zombie Science.”

David Klinghoffer

Senior Fellow and Editor, Evolution News
David Klinghoffer is a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute and the editor of Evolution News & Science Today, the daily voice of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, reporting on intelligent design, evolution, and the intersection of science and culture. Klinghoffer is also the author of six books, a former senior editor and literary editor at National Review magazine, and has written for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Seattle Times, Commentary, and other publications. Born in Santa Monica, California, he graduated from Brown University in 1987 with an A.B. magna cum laude in comparative literature and religious studies. David lives near Seattle, Washington, with his wife and children.

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