News came this week reporting the discovery of ~3.4 billion year old microfossils from Archaean rocks in Western Australia.
Even as Richard Dawkins informs Rick Perry that “evolution is a fact,” many evolutionary biologists are quietly (or not so quietly) abandoning the Tree of Life hypothesis.
Dawkins’s Ugandan elephants, Croatian lizards and Trinidadian guppies are misleading and almost certainly meaningless in the context of the evolution debate.
No thoughtful person doubts that the body is meant, either by nature or purpose or however you think of it, to work optimally under certain defined conditions.
Darwin had already won his man over — reading the book was almost superfluous. Of course Darwin was delighted by Kingsley’s fawning support.