Thanks to P.Z. Myers’s annual lampoon of me, I’ve thought more deeply about the relationship between development and evolution than I ever expected to do.
At Why Evolution Is True, Jerry Coyne sputters with indignation that Oxford physiologist Noble had the effrontery to criticize textbook evolutionary theory.
Several years ago, PZ Myers inaugurated what he called “Paul Nelson Day” (April 7), his annual lampooning of me for my failure to articulate the concept of “ontogenetic depth.”
As soon as I read the paper’s abstract, my pulse quickened.
A highly enriched soup of proteins and nucleic acids will never form a functional cell, even if lipid bilayer membranes were provided to help these materials become organized.